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Old 03-14-2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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I've done a ton of searching on this site and can't really find a difinitive answer. If I'm installing a chain of 5 outlets in my garage, what is the proper way to do so- pigtail each incoming and outgoing conductor leaving only one black and one white connected to each outlet. Or just making mulitiple connections on each outlet? My outlets have both screw type connectors, and stab-in connectors.

What are the pros and cons of doing it either way?

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If you've search this site I'm sure you found many of the great threads that address this issue.

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Pigtailing makes future troubleshooting much easier.
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Sorry for the repeated question. I finally found this very helpful thread: Wire Recepts. in Series or Parallel?

I'm not too good with the search function. Thanks.
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If you've search this site I'm sure you found many of the great threads that address this issue.
...And the majority? of those threads and posts are in favor of pigtailing. I personally prefer pigtailing (switches, too.) Just for the simple fact, that if you have a break in the wire at one receptacle all the others are not affected. But "Daisy chaining" also has its advantages. If you want to give Ground fault protection, in a daisy chain connection, all receptacles that are "Downstream" of the first one are protected.!
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...And the majority? of those threads and posts are in favor of pigtailing. I personally prefer pigtailing (switches, too.) Just for the simple fact, that if you have a break in the wire at one receptacle all the others are not affected. But "Daisy chaining" also has its advantages. If you want to give Ground fault protection, in a daisy chain connection, all receptacles that are "Downstream" of the first one are protected.!
What do you mean when you say you prefer to pigtail a switch? What other method would be less preferred? I'm confused.

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How do you pigtail a switch?
When you're dealing with Two or more switches, some electricians like to take one long wire (feed wire) and skin off the insulation where it meets the power side of each switch. The other method is "Pigtailing" (not the exact term) each switch and twisting with a wire nut to the "Feed".!
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When you're dealing with Two or more switches, some electricians like to take one long wire (feed wire) and skin off the insulation where it meets the power side of each switch. The other method is "Pigtailing" (not the exact term) each switch and twisting with a wire nut to the "Feed".!
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MWBC's require pigtail on the Neutral under NEC 2008
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MWBC's require pigtail on the Neutral under NEC 2008
Good point Dave, but as long as I can remember, it has been required.

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