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?
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
On Apr 17, 11:22 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
... and gave a bad answer to boot. The NEC is silent on the issue and
U/L simply said the use had not be evaluated (as of the white book a
few cycles ago. I have not looked recently)
I would really be more concerned about box fill because this usually
indicated an extra cable was added.
I have used a few like those in the last few years. There are also some
similar called something like walnuts. Those have a lever at each
position so they can be reused very easy.
I wish they had those out when I was working or atleast I wish I had
known about them. Used thousands of wire nuts replacing ballasts.
With around 6 to 8 per ballast you use a lot.
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