Old 03-15-01, 12:05 PM
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quality wise what should I specify for switches / outlets for new construction.
Old 03-15-01, 01:09 PM
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In my opinion 15 amp receptacles and switches of any brand that connect by wrapping the wires around the screws. Seldom ever had a recall on devices in 30 years of in the field. 15 amp recepts and switches are allowed on both 15 amp and 20 amp circuits.

Most problems arise due to bad connections under wire nuts or due to plug in the back receptalces and switches.

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Old 03-15-01, 05:35 PM
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it's not only the quality of the device's you choose, it's the manner in which the circuit is wired.

there are many techniques out there...

consider the circuit under a certain electrical load, let's say for the sake of aurgument 10 amps at the fifth receptacle in any given circuit.

if the circuit is run in a "daiseychain method", then all four receptacles previous will see this 10 Amps. if the circuit is completely pigtailed, none but the receptacle in use will assume this amount of wear.

If you look on a package of Hubbel's or other high end receptacles, you will see a diagram of this method.


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