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Old 03-07-2010, 06:09 PM   #1
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Is it acceptable to use push connectors AND screws on a duplex receptacle?


I'm replacing a painted duplex receptacle and noticed that it has wires connected to the screws AND the push connectors. It appears to me that the receptacle is being used as a junction to feed another conductor. It is not switched.







There are a total of three 14-2 conductors in the box.

Is it acceptable to junction on the receptacle itself? Or, should all junctions be made with wire nuts within the box? Is there a suitable reference in NEC2008?

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Old 03-07-2010, 06:16 PM   #2
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I don't do it but there is no code prohibition against it.

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This post may be addressing the same subject but I couldn't be sure without pictures: receptacle: 1 romex in 2 out?
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Old 03-07-2010, 06:24 PM   #4
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omaha does not allow using the plug as a joint anyway ,joints must be pigtailed with a wirenut before attaching to the plug
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It is acceptable but not advisable since pushins are a very common source of open connections.
You can buy receptacles that are back wired. The wires go into holes and then are clamped by tightening the screw. This type can accept four wires. Here is one sample. Image doesn't show the back wire.

http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/...et-102896.aspx
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Thank you. I decided to pigtail for the new receptacle.

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