Receptacle wiring - round screw terminal

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Old 01-13-15, 04:46 AM
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Receptacle wiring - round screw terminal

Is this acceptable? Some of the wire seems to touch the plastic but no matter what I do, when I tighten the screw, it bends it back and pushes a bit out again...



 
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Old 01-13-15, 05:09 AM
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That look's OK you can use a pair of needle pliers to make the loop a smaller if you like.
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Old 01-13-15, 05:32 AM
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It's okay the way you have it but it is better for the wire to be completely under the screw all around.

Not acceptable would be having the wire curved so wide that it looks like it is about to slip out from under the screw all the way around.
 
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Old 01-13-15, 06:06 AM
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It looks like you are stripping too much insulation off. Use the strip gauge on the back for the proper length to strip.
 
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Old 01-13-15, 06:11 AM
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I use a needle nose pliers to squeeze the end of the wire around before tightening the screw. I've heard this called 'closing the loop' a few times.
 
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Old 01-13-15, 06:14 AM
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Just a mini tutorial. Tool used needle nose pliers.

Strip the wire long enough to go around the screw. Do a few and you can make an educated guess. Till you can try a for bit longer then you think you need and trim after making the shepherds crook.

To begin making the loop place the smallest part of the needle nose on the bare wire where the insulation ends and bend left about 30.

Next start bending right to form your loop. Move your pliers closer to the end moving three or four times as you bend.

When bent loop around the screw, place needle nose at beginning and end of crook and close a bit more.

Takes a lot longer to explain then do when you get a feel for it.
 
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Old 01-13-15, 06:24 AM
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The wire should only wrap about 5/8 around the screw. It does not need a complete closed loop.

The holes in most strippers work well to make the loop. Easier than needlenose pliers IMO.
 
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Old 01-13-15, 06:54 AM
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Receptacle

Adding to what others have said, buy good quality receptacles which will have longer screws and make the whole operation much easier.
 
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Old 01-13-15, 07:52 AM
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Wire stripper, PCboss? We used are teeth.
 
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