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Old 07-20-2011, 12:04 AM   #16
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This is a brand new house and this is what contractors do these days to save time. I don't disagree with using the screws over the backstabs.
That's what I figured. I noticed marking on a new outlet today that indicated you could use the lobes on the mounting bracket to strip 12 awg on one side and 14 awg on the other. Made me shudder.

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So by doing this I'm leaving one of the screws empty. Why even bother using a 3-way switch? Should I change the switch out to a single pole?
Yes you can leave one of the light colored screws empty. No need to make another trip to the store now to get a single pole switch (unless you need the 3 way switch elsewhere).
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Yes you can leave one of the light colored screws empty. No need to make another trip to the store now to get a single pole switch (unless you need the 3 way switch elsewhere).
Looks like these are some new style Decora switches I haven't encountered before. You cannot remove the wires once inserted in the jab(no release tab anymore) and they are labelled "DO NOT REUSE ONCE WIRE IS INSERTED". I guess I could cut off the wire flush at the stab and then use the screws but for $0.30 I might as well get a new single pole.

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