Replacing Outlets With Several Wires
How to Splice Electrical Wires for an Outlet© By: Dave Rongey
Electrical Outlet Replacement and Splicing Wires
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I’m changing 3 power outlets, the first had one white one black & one ground. not a problem. The second had two black two white two grounds a little tricky. The third one had 3 white & 3 black 3 grounds
I CAN’T FIGURE HOW THE 3 WORK. THE OUTLET HAS 2 SCREWS EACH
SIDE and ONE GROUND. ONE HOLE on THE BACK each side how do I connect the 3rd wire?
This electrical question came from: Sandra , from San Francisco, California
Dave The Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Sandra
How to Splice Electrical Wires for an Outlet
Pigtail Splicing Electrical Wires
- Wires of the same color should be tested or verified to determine the function of the wire within the electrical circuit.
- When the outlet has more than one wire of each color, and the outlet is not a switched outlet, then it is best to make a pigtail splice where all the wires of the same color are spliced into a connector and one pigtail wire is added and is connected to the outlet.
- This is the best method because it prevents the load of the circuit from passing through the outlet, which can lead to problems.
Wiring Electrical Outlets for the Home
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.
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