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Old 01-03-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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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.

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LOOP in the PROPER direction :}

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The loop should wrap CW so that as the screw tightens, the wire will tighten around the screw.
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Strip gauge is probably only for the push in connection.
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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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