I agree, that's what I'm using. I actually like the receps better as
well because it seems like every standard recep in the house has the
plastic cracked away around the ground connection like someone was
wiggling the plug to get a good connection and the plastic which is
very thin in that area just gave way.
It'll all be gone soon, in any case. Bought me a couple rolls of Romex
and a fish tape and other assorted supplies last night :)
To clarify: someone grabbed the insulation with the cutters at
one point, slide the insulation down 3/4", and then stripped the
end too. Giving two bare points on the wire. Right?
It's done because it reduces the number of connections, and makes
the wiring in the box more compact. If you have a good stripper,
it's easier than cutting pigtails, and some electricians use
This technique is still in use, and is mentioned in Knight at least.
It's called out explicitly as an alternate approach to more
classic pigtails using short pieces of wire.
I use it quite frequently - it hugely simplifies multi-gang switch
boxes, and is sufficiently useful to even use it for mundane things like
pigtailing neutrals in mid-string receptacle boxes.
For example, a five-gang switch box with only two wirenuts -
for common ground and neutral, and _none_ on the hot. Even
with the ground wrapped around one box screw in each box of the
gang, and the two big-multi-wire wirenuts for neutral and ground,
the box will seem practically empty.
There's nothing unsafe about it. In fact, by reducing wirenuts
and wire-to-wire connections, it's safer than a separate pigtail.
I'm compliant with all codes on pigtails, and then some. But
I don't actually _use_ short pieces of wire as pigtails.
It's described in the electrical wiring FAQ, where I called this
the "mid-strip" technique.
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Not sure how they do things in eigenspace, and tapping like this is not
proper for cable, but it was really common in K & T, as are pigtail
sockets like that. Odd that they stripped 4"; 1 1/2" would seem more
sensible. With the wire wrapped, soldered, then taped with rubber
and friction tape, K&T tap splices are very secure. That old rubber
is particularly amusing stuff to remove, since it tends to fuse to
in a solid lump. It looks grody put protects quite well.
There's nothing at all wrong with a properly made tap splice, pigtail
splice (twisting the wires "wirenut style") or Western Union splice
in copper wire, soldered, and taped properly. The trouble is that
some people didn't care enough to learn the proper technique and
practice good workmanship. Times change less than we think. :)
The wire was probably stripped by shaving with a knife. I sometimes
wonder if this method isn't better than using a stripping tool, since
leaves only lengthwise scratches on the wire, which would not be a
weak point like the ringing grooves that wire strippers or lineman's
pliers can leave if used improperly. Of course, you can cut into the
if you're careless. Some people can break a cannonball. :)
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