Replacing an electrical outlet with 3 sets of wires


Hi -- I need some help!
I am trying to replace an old electrical outlet in my home, because it's so loose that plugs barely hold in the outlet. I turned off the power, unscrewed the outlet, and removed the wires, but I made the mistake of not labeling the wires before taking them out. Now I am stuck, because there are a total a 7 wires coming out of the outlet --- 3 sets of black/white wires and one bare (ground) wire. I don't know where to connect each wire! This is the first time that I'm trying to replace an outlet, and this configuration doesn't make any sense to me. Can somebody help?
Thanks,
Will C.
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will, were all of the wires used in the previous installation, and were they all actually attached to the outlet?
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On Apr 17, 11:22 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

see: http://www.easy2diy.com/cm/easy/diy_ht_index.asp?page_id5720251&parent1 tegory&child1=Electrical&parent2=Brand
http://www.easy2diy.com/cm/easy/diy_ht_index.asp?page_id5720230#related
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You do have to know how the existing outlet was connected. If there were no wire nut splices on any of the wires, they must have all been attached to the outlet. Provided that neither of the receptacles on that outlet were controlled by a wall switch, it is probably safe to assume all the white wires and all the black wires are in parallel. The best way to do this is to splice the whites together with a pigtail wire which will connect to the silver terminal of the outlet. Splice all the black wires together with a pigtail to the brass terminal of the outlet. Install the bare wire on the green ground terminal

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On Apr 17, 11:22 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

if your outlet isnt switched and all wire were attached, i would recommend to you to put 2 blacks on the gold screws 2 whites silver screw the last white and black should be able to be pushed into small holes on back of outlet. i myself dont use those, but due to your lack of experience if would think it a safer route than trying to make pigtails. loose connections can cause fires.
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