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Old 04-27-2007, 04:37 PM   #16
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I think the old fashioned approach certainly offer the advantageous of control being felt as you know how tight you turn the screw... whereas the "back wireable" is just rely on the switch/receptacle devices being intact... though I have to say when you need to connect 2 or sometimes 3 wires at the same screw... it become a tough job... I actually used both method on most instances one to the screw and one to the back wire....

anyhow... practically... 80% of us bought things from HD... and those comoon switches/receptacles all have these holes....

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anyhow... practically... 80% of us bought things from HD... and those comoon switches/receptacles all have these holes....
Nope, actually you've just been lucky so far. Plenty of the devices available at home depot or lowes are not back wireable. It depends on what you buy. They sell em both ways there, so if you like the back wiring - make sure you look to double check before you buy again
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Yes, I have seen the "back wireable" ones, but when I went to Rona for a lesson on how to hook up receptacles with an electrician, he
did not recommend doing it that way.

He said, he always would do it the old fashioned way.

So all of my hook ups are done with the screw.
I don't find it that difficult or too time consuming.
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don't know if this is already mentioned above... but rather than putting the wire around the screw and tightened it... there is a small hole on the back of the switch one besides each screw... you can insert the wire directly into the hole.... those wire once inserted cannot be pulled out without using a small screw driver to insert into a switch below it... I discovered this after opening up one of the switch installed by the builder...I think this is the easiest and fastest way of doing it... don't worry about it not being safe... it is very safe and I did all mine like that...
Don't use those pushin in connectors. They are a constant source of problems with receptacles not working. Always use the screws. There are some devices that have a metal plate under the screw that clamps down on the wire. This type called back wired, are ok.

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