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Old 07-15-2012, 04:30 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Speedy Petey View Post
Just the other day I had to replace a failed backstab receptacle. House was from the 50's.

EVERY receptacle in the house was backstabbed, and the receptacles all had four holes on each side and NO screws 'cept for the ground screw.
Only once I've come across a receptacle with two ground screws, I should have saved it because of the rarity of such an item. These must have been produced before 250.148 (B)


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Originally Posted by mpoulton View Post
I'd offer a different suggestion: Replace the receptacle with a back WIRED one, rather than back STABBED. The kind with rear-entry screw-clamped terminals. They can accept all eight wires and are much more secure. Pigtailing that many wires in a normal box will be pretty difficult and in my opinion it doesn't add any more reliability over using a backwire receptacle.
Just so I am clear, does back stabbed mean the holes in the back that you just jam the wire into? And these are not recommended but the rear-entry screw-clamped terminals are fine?

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Old 07-08-2013, 07:44 PM   #18
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Correct, backstabs the wire deflects a spring tab. The backwired uses a clamping mechanism. Backstabs are only for #14.

Backwired receptacles cost more than the bargain bin ones.


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