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mac16m83 04-10-2011 05:34 PM

wiring a receptical with 3 wires?
i have an electrical box, single gang for 1 outlet. It has 3 seperate wires coming into the box, one coming from another outlet, that will supply the power, and two wires leaving the box to go to two seperate outlets. all three wires have a ground.:huh:

My question is how do i wire this right.

Thanks for the help guys.

joed 04-10-2011 06:31 PM

Two ways to do it.
Find receptacles that can accept four wires under the screws. These are called back wired and have a flat plate under the screw. One wire can go under each side of the plate(two per screw) allowing four wires to be connected to each side.
Pigtail the three wires with a short pigtail of the same gauge and colour. The pigtail connects to the receptacle.

mac16m83 04-11-2011 05:36 AM

if i pigtail the three wires together, with a short pigtail going to the receptical, that will be 4 wites together. is it okay to connect 4 wires with 1 wirenut, do i just use a larger wirenut?

Thanks for the help.

joed 04-11-2011 07:47 AM

Yes, there will be four white and four black. Use the proper size wire nut and four wires will not be a problem.

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