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Old 05-30-2019, 08:02 PM   #1
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I was at our daughter's changing out a switch and noticed it was backstabbed; however, there were no release slots so I ended up cutting the conductors.
I later noticed on the back of the switch that "push in terminals not for reuse". It looks like they are kinda-sorta acknowledging that it is a less-than-ideal connection method.
I checked their website (Hubbell, sold under their Bryant line) but could find any further information.
No question - just an observation. Our house was also backstabbed and I have been re-connecting room-by-room as I re-decorate. If the kid wanted to re-wire their devices they would have to cut them all off and buy new.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:05 PM   #2
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Most anything that has a wire inserted into a spring connector should not be reused anyway. What happens is you reverse the action of the spring metal and it doesn't hold the wire tight anymore.
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I can't think of a good reason to reuse a back stab device. As a diyer I thought they were great when they first came out .... until I realized the small contact point made them prone to failure later on. Locally, they no longer sell backstabs.
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I like to use Eaton Tamper and Weather Resistant devices. I use them in my own houses and structures. They are more of a commercial grade device. But I have never had one once of problems with any of them, ever. This is the part number: TWRBR20W-SPL I order mine online, but any Electrical Supply House keeps them in stock.
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I changed out all dvics at a job recently thhat we're back stabbed when the house was built in 2006. 20% were firmly attached, 60% had some resistance to remove, and 20% literally fell out on their own. Not a good record on over 100 devices.
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