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4 Gang Box Wiring / Crimping Question

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Hello all,
Hope everyone had a nice Christmas.

Looking for some direction on wiring up a 4 gang (69cu) light switch box and what the best approach it make it clean would be. I was going to just add 4 pigtails to the line in for a total of 5, 14 awg per connector. Is it common to just use a red wire nut connector for 5 14 awg wires? Just wanted to make sure that it's best practice not just ok per the wire connector chart.

Devices / wires:
1) power in 14/2
2) outside lights 14/2
3) front porch 14/2
4) entry light 14/2
5) 3 way 14/3

Box calculation attaches if anyone was curious.

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That would be fine. I would use red 3M or Ideal wingnut brand.
Option #2 is to have 1 long pigtail and loop from switch to switch. Individual pigtails is better for dimmers with their own pigtail.
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I have the commercial electric from HD. Should I return them and use what you suggested?
 

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The box of wirenuts should tell you what size wires the connector can handle. It is either on the box or on a small piece of paper in the box.

As electricians we are partial to certain wirenuts etc but I am sure the HD ones will work fine if they are rated for the number of conductors you plan to use.
 

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Plastic boxes usually have internal clamps and do not count against box fill or they have no clamps. Your box is more than ample.
Red wire nut is fine for 5 #14s

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Plastic boxes usually have internal clamps and do not count against box fill or they have no clamps. Your box is more than ample.
Red wire nut is fine for 5 #14s

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I went on the safe side just to have to cushion in case i used a box that the tabs were not removed. They are secured within 8 inches of the box so all should be good as you say.
 

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Late to the party, but I love, love, love the Wago connectors that have the lever over wire nuts. Quicker and easier to install, and if you ever need to redo one circuit, you don't have to remove a wire nut that releases all the wires. You just remove the wire you need to replace from the Wago.
 
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