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Toller 02-07-2013 03:55 PM

What to use for pigtails?
I running a circuit with 5 20a 240v outlets on it for woodworking tools. (I will never be using more than one at a time...) Since there are only one set of terminals on the outlets, I will have to pigtail the wires. Obviously there will be three wires; one from the line, one to the outlet,and one to the next outlet. The wire to the outlet from the pigtail; is that just a piece out of a romex scrap?

Years ago I was taught that grounds had to be crimped. Never understood why, but always did it. Do the ground pigtails have to be crimped? (and... why are grounds crimped?)

jbfan 02-07-2013 04:03 PM

Grounds are crimped so they do not come apart.
You can use wire nuts instead.

AllanJ 02-07-2013 04:55 PM

Yes, simply slit open a surplus length of Romex with the same gauge conductors to get material for pigtails (short lengths). Use bare or green for ground (equipment grounding conductors), white or light gray for neutral, any other color for hot.

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