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Old 09-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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i see references as to NOT backstab wire into the device. what is so bad about this ?

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Poor electrical contact.

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aah, gotcha. would it be ok for low power lighting ?
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I installed a bunch of outlets and switches in my house when we first got it and back stabbed all of them and non of them ever failed in 20 years. But logic dictates that the circle of wire and the screw is far better so that is what I practice now. Unfortunatly I have stabbed myself in the hand much more with the screwdriver since doing it this way but that's my fault. Also I have since replaced all the old 14 gauge wire with 12.
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I have quickly become a fan of the type of outlet that accepts a straight section of wire (like a backstab) but has a screw to secure the connection.

BTW...I ran across some backstab failures while working on a relative's house.
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Those are called back wired.
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aah, gotcha. would it be ok for low power lighting ?
In the interest of long term reliability, most electricains prefer
not to use backstab for anything.
That includes low power lighting.
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Those are called back wired.
Back Wired - Very Reliable (GFCI rec and WR receptacles typically have these)

Back Stab - Not no much, but legal to use

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