I never use the back stab holes on outlets where the wires just snap
in, but on GFI's it's very difficult to get the wires on the screws
since they are recessed. When using the back stab holes, the wires
are tightened by the screws on the sides. These seem like a good
connection, but I am wondering how others feel about this.
It isn't a backstab. It's a clamp, however not a very good one. This type of
outlet clamp seems to work well with stranded wire, but I have trouble
keeping the wires tight with solid conductors. It seems I can tighten one
wire to the breaking point, then as I tighten a second or third wire, the
first ones come loose. They work best if you hold the outlet in one
position, get all wires in and tight, then just push it straight back into
On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 04:41:34 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
Backstabing, a spring is the means of securing the wire.
Backwiring, a screw/pressure plate is the means for securing the wire.
Different things. As for backwiring GFCI's, or any device, I just
have to remember teh strip gauge is more a requirement, than other
Oh, I like backwiring. Guess just me. :)
tom @ www.CarFleaMarket.com
I like back wiring as far as the ease of making the connection, but
after that, it can be a big fight to get the device in the box. I am
daisy chaining some of these GFIs so getting all 4 wires plus ground
into the box is tricky, and I am using a 4" square box with extended
metal front plate too. It would be impossible to get this into a
t too for
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