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DIYGST 01-03-2009 06:06 PM

Receptacle screw terminals
For the newer receptacles that uses metal screws, are you supposed to loop the copper wire around the screw or just sit it straight? for the cooper GFI there was a hole and then the screw clamp comes down and it was very clear, for the regular cooper the strip gauge seems a little short for the wire to loop around the screws?

I always loop the ground wire though.

skymaster 01-03-2009 06:24 PM

LOOP in the PROPER direction :} :yes:

Just Bill 01-03-2009 06:26 PM

The loop should wrap CW so that as the screw tightens, the wire will tighten around the screw.

Pudge565 01-03-2009 06:27 PM

Strip gauge is probably only for the push in connection.

HouseHelper 01-03-2009 07:34 PM

For GFCI's and receptacles with the screwdown clamps, just strip the wire according to the gage, insert in the hole, and tighten the screw. No looping necessary.

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