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Old 08-07-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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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.


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Old 08-07-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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#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.

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You will not find any back stab receptacles that will accept #12 wire, so you use the screws or pigtail everything.
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You can buy "back-wired" receptacles that will work with 12ga. wire
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by yojimboak View Post
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.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:15 PM   #6
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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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