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Old 04-11-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Are these acceptable wiring methods?


I removed 3 porcelain light sockets today to replace them with outlets so I could plug some florescent figures in.

They each had 2 cables; one carrying power in, and the second carrying power to the next box. The hots and neutrals were wire nutted together. An inch of insulation was removed from the wires away from the wire nuts, made into a loop, and the loop was wrapped around a terminal.
It looks like it should work okay, but I have never seen it before, so I am asking...

The grounds were just twisted together. I was taught that grounds had to be crimped, though some say that wire nuts are also acceptable; but these had nothing. There was enough wire that there had to be a good connection and there is no reason they would ever separate; but it just doesn't look right.

So, was this done properly or not?

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Not my preferred method, but can be done.
The grounds can be crimped or use a wire nut.

Do you have enough slack in the wires to connect the receptacles using the same method?

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Not my preferred method, but can be done.
The grounds can be crimped or use a wire nut.

Do you have enough slack in the wires to connect the receptacles using the same method?
Yes, the wires were plenty long. It was actually pretty easy to tighten the loops around the outlet terminals.

If they weren't, I could have added a pigtail, but that would have left the bare patch on the wires. Since it is all in a box, would covering them with electrical tape be adequate?
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It is called "rabbit earing". Mostly used by old timers but it is a compliant method. I was an apprentice (slave labor really) back in the 50's and it was common.
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I've also heard it called "mid-stripping". I know that in the U.S. some inspectors frown on it, but it's permitted by the NEC.
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I know that in the U.S. some inspectors frown on it, but it's permitted by the NEC.
Why they would frown on it is beyond me... just another example of an inspector not doing his/her job properly...

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