There's good reason for that: those push terminals are made for use with 14ga
wire, and *not* for 12ga. You're not _supposed_ to be able to put 12ga wire
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
On Sun, 01 May 2005 01:03:02 GMT, email@example.com (Doug Miller)
Only idiots use those push terminals anyhow. I wish they would stop
putting them on outlets. They are dangerous. REAL electricians use
the screws. I NEVER use the push terminals. Also, #12 wire is no
harder to use than #14 on the screws, if you know how to bend a good
hook with a plyers.
Yes this is fine and is very common.
And if I were a contractor wiring another persons house, I would install
cheap 15 amp switches and outlets on 20 amp circuits. -More profit for me!
For *my* house, it is a different story! I like long lasting quality. I
have installed "commercial grade" 20 amp outlets and switches on 20 amp
circuits. I did this because these are better quality switches and
So if replacing an outlet (especially one which is frequently used), you
will have the option of installing a 50 cent outlet or a $2.50 commercial
grade 20 amp outlet. The $2.50 outlet will last longer and will make better
contact with the plug.
It makes my life more pleasant when I don't need to be bending the prongs
of a plug to get it to stay in a worn out outlet.
And so far as the 20 amp "commercial grade" switches go. Also better
If I were in your shoes, I would not go around replacing all the switches
and outlets since they are already installed. But if one needed
replacement, I would go with the higher quality 20 amp "commercial grade"
switch or outlet.
I also bought a $150.00 "commercial grade" front door lockset. (Can only
buy at a locksmith.) This will last a lifetime. I've known other people who
buy $30 locksets, then in ten years buy another because it is worn out $30
+ $30 = $60, then again in the next ten years $60 + $30 = $90, etc. $120,
$150. Hummm, I guess they spend the same on their locksets as I did on
mine, except I don't need to replace mine every 10 years....
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