Is there a good opinion about choosing the proper receptacle. When
browsing HD there are receptacles which range from 50 cents up to 6
dollars. There are some in between for around $2.00 which state
commercial contractor quality.
I have replaced my older two prong outlets with the $2.00 ones for
equipment such as table lights, computer, TV ect. I am wondering
however whether these are also ok for other equipment such as
refrigerators or washing machines or should those go on a heavy duty
The majority of my wiring in the house is 20amp.
I've used the "50 cent" ones exclusively for every position. No problems.
If one seems to get a bit loose from over use, then I just pop in a new one.
there's not many places in the house where stuff gets plugged in and out a
"SMF" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I recommend using the good ones (Spec Grade) whenever you need
something with a good push in type terminal where you clamp down on the
push in thing with a screw or you need more than two things connected
to the outlet (so as to avoid wire nutting). This is because you have
only 2 places for wiring on the regular receptacles vs 4 on a spec
grade. Do not use the regular push in terminals on any receptacles,
under any circumstances.
The other consideration is space. The cheap residential grade outlets
(and switches) are slightly smaller, and in a cramped environment, that
can sometimes make a difference.
A good way to save where you can and ensure good service at the same
time is determine which outlets will see lots of use - by lots of use I
mean stuff gets plugged in and unplugged on an almost daily basis.
Countertop and hallway outlets definetely qualify for commercial grade
outlets(Remember most codes require GFCI within certain distance of the
sink!) Circuits with 10 or more receptacles - go with commercial and
use pressure-plate - back insert tighten with side screws.
Receptacles behind furniture or termination points - $1 receptacles
okay since the only things plugged in are floor lamps and/or air
purifiers - and are never unplugged.
Thank you all for the responses.
I am concluding that for an item such as a refrigerator or a washing
machine which never get unplugged there would be no need to replace
with a heavy duty one?
I was wondering if the innards of the outlet (of cheap verses
expensive) as to whether they transmit electricity differently, or is
the heft to a heavy duty one just for holding plugs in because it's
First I like spec grade stuff, and I also switched over to decora,
they are automaticly upgraded.
You mention something that concerns me, you said you were replacing 2
prong ones, are you verifying you have an equipment ground? Just to
be that weird shop teacher, safety first, and only qualified people
should work on electrical circuits. ;)
tom @ www.BlankHelp.com
Hmm...at Home Depot at least the decora receptacles appear to have
identical guts to the "regular" receptacles. They didn't even carry
spec grade decora receptacles.
I recently did something similar to "ChrisCoaster". Kitchen, bathrooms,
and garage/shop got spec grade receptacles. Rest of the house got the
I think you're confusing the regular outlets with screws on the sides
and spring barb push in openings in the back with what is being
discussed here, spec grade outlets where the screws go into a "loose"
nut behind the push in openings. When you tighten the screws on spec
grade outlets, the nuts clamp down on the pushed in wires. The screws on
the cheaper outlets only hold the wires if you install the wires on the
sides of the outlet using the screws. The spec grade ones use the screws
for all wires.
Not all are as you describe. There are spec outlets like the Leviton
CR15 that are side-wire only. Around here at least they're quite a bit
cheaper than the back and side wire ones (ie Leviton 5252) you describe.
I just went down to check the left overs I have. I found only
switches, but both cooper and leviton say they 'spec grade'. I didn't
see anything on the box, but the yokes had the imprint. Sorry these
were switches not receptacles.
tom @ www.MedJobSite.com
They do sell ones that at least look like spec grade, but not in
contractor packs. If you buy the 10-packs you get the cheap ones. I'm
only talking about Lowe's here though as I've started to avoid HD, more
hassle than it's worth to go there.
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
I look for the words on the actual receptacle, plus the failures I see
with regular recepatcles is premature cracking around the ground
prong. Decora's have a little more meat there for me.
As for lowes verse HD, I prefer Lowes, at this time since it can
change, I run into happier Lowes workers than home depot ones.
Just an observation.....
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