Originally Posted by JulieMor
When you are terminating outlets in a wall you should add a pigtail to go to the outlet for both the hot and the neutral. There are several reasons for this:
- The outlet will not be used as a feed through for downstream loads
- When you remove an outlet, you won't kill the power downstream
- If an outlet fails (as in burns up) you won't lose power downstream
- Wires are designed for carrying current up to their designed ampacity, receptacles are not.
BTW, when terminating the receptacles and switches, NEVER USE THE BACKSTABS! You will one day regret it.
About your list...
#1, Nothing wrong with using a receptacle for downstream loads
#2, You should never be working on an energized circuit
#3, I think I would want to know a problem exist as soon as possible.
#4, Receptacles ARE rated for feed through usage.
Nothing wrong with back stabbing receptacles, not going to have a peeing contest over this, but its an acceptable method.