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helpless handyman 07-30-2007 08:00 PM

Electrical outlet hook up.
Hi Guys, I am running a few outlets along a wall in the basement. The bx runs from panel to 1 st outlet, and then bx from that outlet to the other outlet so fourth. My question is which is the propoer way to wire the outlet, I know hot goes to gold and white to silver. But in the box where you have two sets of bx wires, do you pigtail and then connect to the outlet, or do you just connect directly to the outlet, one side one pair, and the other side the other pair? Thanks

jbfan 07-30-2007 08:27 PM

Either way. I pigtail, but it works both ways.

darren 07-30-2007 08:43 PM

That is like qasking what came first the chicken or the egg. There are arguments for both and they are both acceptable to code.

Just don't backstab them, backstabbing is a very evil thing. Take the extra 3 minutes and put the wires under the screw.

joed 07-30-2007 08:48 PM

No pigtails unless you have more than 2 wires. Wires nut cost money, add another point of failure, take up space and in Canada must be counted in box fill calculations.

helpless handyman 07-30-2007 09:18 PM

Thanks to all, I will then screw them:thumbsup: Just wanted to know what was code..

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