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Old 02-17-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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I have a question about GFCI outlets. I was looking at some in the store and noticed that on some of them they have the 4 holes on the back for the line side. Is this to add another receptacle on the line side so if it trips that receptacle will not trip? Also, I always thought it was good practice not to use the push in connections on the back.

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Hello:

I have a question about GFCI outlets. I was looking at some in the store and noticed that on some of them they have the 4 holes on the back for the line side. Is this to add another receptacle on the line side so if it trips that receptacle will not trip? Also, I always thought it was good practice not to use the push in connections on the back.

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Backstabbing is not the best idea; However, that is what that can be used for.

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on gfci those are not back stab.loosen screw insert stripped wire into hole,tighten screw.these are called back wired.
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They are not backstab terminals. They are pressure plates wihich tighten down over the conductor when you tighten the screws.
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There is a big difference between back-stab and back-wired terminals.

GFCI's utilize back-wired terminals, which have to be manually tightened once the conductors are inserted.
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There is a big difference between back-stab and back-wired terminals.

GFCI's utilize back-wired terminals, which have to be manually tightened once the conductors are inserted.
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Too bad all receptacles aren't made this way. These are really nice to work with
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Too bad all receptacles aren't made this way. These are really nice to work with
Actually back wired receptacles a quite common these days and only the cheap ones are side screw or back stab.
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Actually back wired receptacles a quite common these days and only the cheap ones are side screw or back stab.
so I can use this GFCI to keep a light on the line side without pigtailing?
(I would only have to pigtail the ground...)

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