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Old 11-10-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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Need help replacing electrical outlet

I am trying to figure out how to replace my mom's electrical outlet for her. She lives in a mobile home and the wiring is a little different. The outlet has 4 little sections each section has 2 holes. For a total of 8 holes. It has 3 white wires and 3 black wires on each side plus a ground wire screwed down. I have a replacement outlet that only has 4 holes on the back and 4 screw sections on the sides plus a ground screw. How am I supposed to wire this. The problem with her current outlet is that is keeps going out and it knocks the kitchen sink light and other stuff off too. If you bump the outlet it will come back on. That is why I need to exchange it.

Any help appreciated!


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Old 11-10-2014, 08:12 PM   #2
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:19 PM   #3
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The four or eight hole sounds like the manufacturers design.

The older one you were able to push eight wires into each side. That's called back stabbing.

People frown at that hear

But your allowed to do it. ( if the wire gauge is not too large)

So if it's 14 ( smaller wire ) you can go to the screws for two black and back stab one. Same with the whites. The blacks go to the brass screw.

You could also get two wire nuts and a piece if wire and pigtail to the receptacle

If the wires are 12 gauge you may need to do that.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:36 PM   #4
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Making a pigtail connection is the safest and best way to do this! Back stab connections are the source of many problems in wiring systems. They can range from minor problems such as loose connections and intermittent circuits, which is sounds like you might have now up to and including fires in the worst case.

The only problem be that in most mobile homes they use very small electrical boxes soapbox fill may be a problem.

Another option may be to use receptacles that have metal plates underneath the screws. In these you can put two wires under each screw, one on each side of it under the plate. This way you would have plenty of room for all the wires you have and box it wouldn't be a problem.
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Was thinking. Check that older receptacle. The wires may be going into the holes in the back but the holes lead to a plate that the screws tighten down and maybe the screws are loose and need to be tightened.

If it's the style.

Edit. Nice catch msradell.

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