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Electrical Wiring Methods: Screw Terminals or Quick Connect

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Is it true that the older method of wiring switches and outlets is to attach the wiring to the screw terminals? How to Connect Wires to a Switch or Outlet: Best Practices for Electrical Wires for Outlets and Switches and Factors Relating to Electrical Connections.

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Electrical Question: Is it true that the older method of wiring switches and outlets is to attach the wiring to the screw terminals?

Thank you for your answer, in advance.
This electrical wiring question came from: Gary, a Homeowner from Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Gary.

How to Connect Wires to a Switch or Outlet

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Application: Wiring Receptacle Outlets and Switches.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, installed according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have the required inspections.

Best Practices for Connecting Wires to Outlets and Switches

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