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Old 05-05-2009, 01:01 PM   #16
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Replacing outlets: Pigtail, or don't pigtail?


Can't speak of Leviton's GFCI's but I like the Cooper product line- in my area Lowes carries that brand, HD carries Leviton.

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:19 PM   #17
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Replacing outlets: Pigtail, or don't pigtail?


We have Lowe's and Home Depot in my area, and we also have Menard's, who carries Pass & Seymour.

After much DIY experimentation at my house and my dad's, I prefer the back-and-side wired, self grounding P&S "premium" receptacles. They are almost $2 each, but they're so much nicer than the 40 centers, and, I think, marginally nicer than the similarly priced "premium" receptacles from Leviton and Cooper.

Pass & Seymour GFCI outlets are also about 1/4 inch shallower than the Cooper and Leviton GFCIs. (But they are slightly wider; there's less room between the side terminals and the sides of the box before...oops!)
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:50 PM   #18
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Replacing outlets: Pigtail, or don't pigtail?


both methods are approved, but pigtailing is really the right way to do it. Back-stabbing is faster, and when you're doing hundreds of them, than time makes a difference to a big contractor.

If you're just doing a few for yourself, at your own home, then hands down I believe you should just pigtail it. but that's just my 2 cents...

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