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yojimboak 08-07-2012 03:19 PM

12 ga duplex receptacle
What can I use or not use in replacing old push-in back-stab receptacles on 12 ga wiring with 20 amp breakers?. Can I use 15 amp receptacles? Must I use side wiring? Can I even buy push-in back-stab for 12 ga anymore? This project involves 50+ new "decora" style outlets.

kevinp22 08-07-2012 03:22 PM

#1 pretty much everyone around here is going to tell you that you should not use backstabbed receptacles - always use the screws

#2 You can use 15A rec on 20A circuit so long as that is not the only outlet on that circuit (sounds like that is not a problem for you)

part of your post did not work so I am sure I am answering everything.

Make sure you comply with rules related to tamper resistant and gfci receptacles as required

jbfan 08-07-2012 03:36 PM

You will not find any back stab receptacles that will accept #12 wire, so you use the screws or pigtail everything.

rjniles 08-07-2012 04:09 PM

You can buy "back-wired" receptacles that will work with 12ga. wire

Speedy Petey 08-07-2012 05:02 PM


Originally Posted by yojimboak (Post 983619)
This project involves 50+ new "decora" style outlets.

What type of "project" is this?

I'm not sure if they make back wired Decora style receptacles.

LooseSCruz 08-07-2012 07:15 PM

I know Leviton does make Spec Grade Decora Receptacles that have the back-wire capability. However, you're probably going to end up paying something like $5-7 a piece for those puppies.

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