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lfd219 01-29-2007 11:52 PM

multiple 15 amp recepticles
I am wiring several new 15 amp recepticles. My question is can I wire them in series using the connnections on the recepticle or do I have to splice and pigtail each recepticle?

jproffer 01-30-2007 02:30 AM

Two schools of thought on this one:

1: All rec.'s should be pigtailed to keep the nuetral intact during repairs/maintenance.
2: Doesn't matter because there's no reason to work hot circuits in a residential setting anyway.

I'm in the #2 group.

Legally, (UNLESS it's a local ammendment, check before deciding your course of action) there's no requirement to pigtail receptacles in residential installations.

LanterDan 01-30-2007 08:00 PM

If the new recepticles are part of a multiwire branch circuit then pigtailing the neutrals is requried. You would also pigtail if there where more than two wires you needed to tie together at that box. Otherwise it is not required. Some will suggest that it is better workmanship to always do so, but life jpoffer above, I find they're arguments unconvincing.

troubleseeker 01-31-2007 09:08 PM

I personally like pig tailing, but as long as you use the screw terminals, I don't see a problem with the other. Do not use those trash stab in holes on the recepticle, they are good for nothing but trouble later on.

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