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Electrical Outlet Wiring: Back wire, Side Wire and Quickwire™ (Backstab)

Electrical Outlets: Side Wire versus Back Wire

This article compares the pros and cons of different methods of how to wire an electrical outlet, which are: Side wiring using the side terminal screws. Back wiring using the Leviton Quickwire™ push-in feature, colloquially referred to as “backstab”. Back wiring using the screw-and-clamp system. Leviton Residential & Industrial Grade Outlets The two electrical receptacles […]

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Shorted Electrical Wall Outlet: Burned and Blackened Wires

How to Repair a Shorted Electrical Outlet – Part 1

This tutorial explains how to replace a shorted electrical outlet and repair the burnt and charred wire insulation. Electrical Outlet Hissing Noise The problem started when my son complained of hearing a hissing or sizzling noise from a wall outlet in his bedroom and temporarily losing power to some of the other outlets and lights. […]

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Shorted Electrical Outlet Repair: Heat-Shrink Tubing Wire Insulation Repair

How to Repair a Shorted Electrical Outlet – Part 2

How to Repair a Shorted Electrical Outlet: Insulate the wire with 600 volt rated heat shrink tubing and wiring the new outlet. This repair is continued from How to Repair a Shorted Electrical Outlet – Part 1. Heat Shrink Tubing Wire Insulation Repair Before proceeding make certain the electricity is shut off the circuit breaker […]

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Sidewired Electrical Outlet in Series

How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet – Part 1

This tutorial shows how to replace a worn-out electrical outlet and explains best practices for wiring an outlet. Electrical Outlet Hissing Noise Electrical outlets are taken for granted until they don’t work. I started paying attention when the kids said the 1500 watt DeLonghi electric oil filled radiator space heater used to keep the bathroom […]

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Electrical Outlet Backwiring in Series (Middle of the Run)

How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet – Part 2

How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet by backwiring the new heavy duty outlet. This project is continued from How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet – Part 1. Leviton Heavy Duty Electrical Outlet Having removed the worn out electrical outlet, I’ll replace it with a Leviton 5252-W Heavy Duty Electrical Outlet rated for 15AMPs […]

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Electrical Outlet Parallel Wiring Diagram

How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet – Part 3

How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet – pigtail wiring connections, install and test the outlet with a receptacle tester. The replacement electrical outlet was backwired in series in How to Replace a Worn-Out Electrical Outlet – Part 2 Electrical Outlet Pigtail Wiring Connections I prefer wiring middle-of-run outlets in parallel with pigtail connections for […]

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Kitchen Sink Ground Fault Circuit Breaker and Electrical Outlet Wiring Diagram

How to Wire an Electrical Outlet Under the Kitchen Sink

This project explains how to install a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) circuit breaker, branch circuit and electrical outlet under a kitchen sink for an instant hot water dispenser. The new Ground Fault Circuit Breaker (GFCB) branch circuit under the kitchen sink will be installed per this wiring diagram: Compare the above wiring diagram to […]

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