Outlet push-in release tabs

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Old 03-04-19, 03:23 PM
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Outlet push-in release tabs

I'm trying to replace some old outlets in my basement. I'm not seeing where to release these wires on this old outlet. There's no slack, so I"d rather not cut the wires if possible.

Am I overlooking a release mechanism somewhere ??

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Old 03-04-19, 03:26 PM
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Can't tell, but do you see a small.slot under the wire terminals?
 
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The little square holes right at the wire where pushed in. Use a very small flat head screw driver or piece of stiff wire such as a paper clip to push into the square hole.
 
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If that doesn't do it, try backing out the wire screws on the side and see if that helps. It's vague because I've only run into a few of them like that but looks remotely familiar.
 
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Maybe not the best but I have just used 18" water pump pliers to crush the receptacles then just picked out wires from the pieces.
 
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Hi, if you grab the conductors with pliers close to the receptacle and twist and pull they will usually pull out, do this if there are no release holes.
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Gee guys you can't see the release holes. I'm glad to see pjmax can see the release holes. See updated picture.
 
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grab the conductors with pliers close to the receptacle and twist and pull they will usually pull out
That is what I usually do.
I usually don't carry screw driver small enough to fit release tab, that twisting and pull is often faster.
 
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Don't use the back stab connectors on replacement outlet use the screws on side.
 
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I also use the twist and pull method. If they don't come out doing that I just cut them off and restrip the wires.
 
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Holy crap............those are tiny. I totally missed those. Thanks for the help!!!
 
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In some cases the wire when extracted will be nicked and have to have the tip clipped off at the nick and then restripped.. More nicking if you twisted and pulled.
 
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