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Getting Receptacles/Switches Back Into Box With 12AWG Wiring

Getting Receptacles/Switches Back Into Box With 12AWG Wiring

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Old 12-10-17, 07:20 AM
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Getting Receptacles/Switches Back Into Box With 12AWG Wiring

Is there a good method to getting devices back into a box with all 12AWG wiring? I'm not sure why, but there is very little 14AWG in my home. I'm wondering if it wasn't used much in the early 80s. Occasionally, I've used the device itself to push the wires back in, but that's probably not a good idea. Should I try to make a "z-shape" with the wires? It's so stiff sometimes, and it's hard to get the wires to the back of the box.
 
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Pro's will be in soon but that is how I do it. Z or S shape them and push in.
 
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Make S or Z shape and push in with device. If that doesn't work, use a small wooden stick (or anything that will not damage insulation) to push wires.
If the junction box is metallic, careful not to push wire against sharp edges (screws, clamps, knockouts). They can cut through insulation and cause a short.
 
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