The BIGGEST Mistakes DIYers Don't Know They Are Making When Wiring Receptacles | How To

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    In this video I show you some of the most common mistakes that are made when installing receptacles. Some of these are not done by just DIYers, I have seen professionals make some of the same mistakes. Hopefully this will help with some things I have found to look out for or at the very least, a good reminder!
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How To Home +138
How To Home

So these are some of the most common mistakes I have observed and even been guilty of in the past. Which ones did you find helpful and are there any that you think could be added to this list? Thanks!

3 месяца назад
Robert Kendall
Robert Kendall

Why didn’t you post this 10 years ago? Didn’t make any mistake in what I did, but took me a long time to make sure I was doing it right. Straight forward. Bravo!

День назад
Jason Graham
Jason Graham

I am new to wiring and electric in general but I've always known not to do the backstab But did not know the reason why you shouldn't do it

День назад
Thomas Paine Accountability
Thomas Paine Accountability

Bro I commend you for making a video trying to help those who don't understand things out however reverse polarity on a 110 outlet does not risk fire and I'm going to make a video and intentionally do it and I'm going to run the highest powered Appliance or item I can off of it and then we're going to take temperature readings and whatnot to show that

День назад
Grodin Bishop
Grodin Bishop

Ground always goes on bottom?

3 дня назад
BERU 58
BERU 58

@Rob Wilson With no bulb in the socket and if you feel a need to put your finger there you better pull the plug. That’s how it's done in most of Europe. Same with a shattered bulb. My question was how "wrong" polarity can cause a fire.

3 дня назад
Stephen Long +3
Stephen Long

Just want to say thank you for taking the time to make this video. I'm hardcore about learning everything I can to be self-sufficient. I I can seldom afford to pay a professional. On behalf of everyone else in a similar situation I would like to express my gratitude and convey my most sincere thank you for showing us how to be safe with this stuff

4 дня назад
Nathan Hale +2
Nathan Hale

I pretty much knew or had assumed all of that but that combo bit was amazing! A long time ago when I was in my mid teens a friend from church who had been a contractor all his life was helping me build a patio cover at my house and he had these odly shaped phylips bits that fit the drywall type screws so well it almost never slipped but I haven't been able to find bits like that ever since. They worked even better than the bits with the little ridges or teeth at the tip.

4 дня назад
Philip Staite +2
Philip Staite

Thanks for confirming what I have heard about the "stab" connections being inferior to the screw terminals. As a DIYer I don't do enough of this that time makes a difference. When you're only doing a handful of connections in a project there's no excuse for not taking the time to do them right. Strip them correctly, form the loop, and use the screw terminal. It doesn't take much of an inferior connection to start generating heat under load. I always strive for the best possible connection. Thanks for the useful and clear content!

День назад
oisiaa +2
oisiaa

I went on Amazon and bought those Klein combination bits immediately. In my whole life I don't think I've ever gone from not knowing something exists to buying it so quickly. I've done a lot of electrical work and that bit looks amazing!

2 дня назад
Drew Kremer +1
Drew Kremer

Great video! As a rookie DIYer, videos like this are absolutely invaluable! Thanks!

2 дня назад
theINQBS +7
theINQBS

I agree with everything you said here EXCEPT the backstabbing method of installing wiring onto outlets & switches. I've worked in HUNDREDS of houses and have never seen backstabbed switches or outlets fail because of being installed this way. They're purposely engineered and manufactured to work in this fashion. Also, you don't need one of those bits as you don't need to TORQUE down screws for these connections. You gain nothing from smashing down the wires beyond a firm snug. I've been working with high end electronics for decades and this always irks me. Same thing with coaxial connectors! WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE TORQUE THEM DOWN WITH A WRENCH???!?!? Hand tight is all you need as the goal is to ensure the copper core and outer sleeve remain in constant contact.

Месяц назад
A Sethi
A Sethi

Agree - there’s nothing wrong with backstabbing - why would manufacturers provide this if it was prone to failure ? Sometimes you just have to use this due to limited space in the box due to over crowding

3 дня назад
Picky Yeeter +1
Picky Yeeter

I was a cable installer for years and I can tell you that just hand tightening coax fittings can cause future issues. Temperature fluctuations can cause the threads to work themselves loose over time, and less than a quarter turn loose can permit interference by signal ingress, even moreso when the fittings are poor quality.

Месяц назад
Caleb Englert
Caleb Englert

I don’t know everything but I was aware of all of this content. However it took years to figure all these little details out. I always want to learn more, and fear I may have been doing something wrong. Great video. Many people who are paying attention are avoiding a long hard learning curve. Definitely a High value video. Great job man. Keep them coming.

2 дня назад
luckymonkeykgw
luckymonkeykgw

This is brilliant! I was scared to change outlets or switches and now I feel that I can do it safely. Thank you.

2 дня назад
Geoff Marton
Geoff Marton

Your videos are great - thank you! I'm pretty handy with electrical in my home, but have definitely picked up a few great tips here, and I'm always looking to learn. Here's a question: I saw years ago on Holmes on Homes, Mike said that outlets are almost always installed upside-down in homes (ground down). I've since noticed that in most commercial buildings they're ground up. Digging around a bit, it varies as to whether this is simply a call sign of a union electrician, or for one or more practical purposes (I lean toward the latter). For over a decade, I've been following the "Holmes" method in my home - ground up. First, if something slides down the wall, it hits the ground first if a plug is a little loose. Second, when plugging something in below your waist, it's likely whatever is on top makes contact first (even though the ground plug is usually slightly longer) - and of course you'd prefer that be the ground. On the back side of the outlet, the ground wire would also usually be on the bottom in the 'typical' setup, whereas with a ground-up installation, the ground wire would provide some degree of protection from gravity affecting wires and debris inside the box over time. His points all made sense, so I've followed his advice. He did mention that if an outlet is installed at or above chest height, it makes sense to go ground-down for that setup, which also makes some sense to me. What are your thoughts on this?

6 дней назад
Brian OKeefe +1
Brian OKeefe

I thought I'd prepare a wise a** answer to this 'which way is up' question by just checking my GFI outlets for the way they labels are printed (engraved) LO .. they are printed BOTH ways so TEST and RESET are readable either way the device is mounted Who'd a thunk???? I do have an outlet expander/USB charger hub that connects over a standard double outlet and the labels are 'correct' when installed ground down. My 2005 Florida house (Brevard County) has all outlets ground down ..... fun question!!

5 дней назад
Capn Louie +49
Capn Louie

As a long time DIY-er, I found this very helpful and informative. It also helped me with an issue I had where my Arc Fault breakers kept tripping. -- The "electricians" did the "back stab" for all the outlets. Once I (properly) looped them on the terminal, the issue went away. Thanks.

Месяц назад
Ian Butler +1
Ian Butler

I can't believe they have not prohibited those. They're terrible.

2 дня назад
Mike B +1
Mike B

@John Fischer why? In this case it may have caught an arcing back stab connection. I have not used them though. Do they false trip often?

3 дня назад
John Fischer +3
John Fischer

Arc fault breakers....what a bad idea those were.

20 дней назад
Samiam +1
Samiam

I was class of 2015, and as soon as he started talking about the colors of the receptacles, brass, and silver, I am mediately knew the answer. That actually made me feel pretty good that electricity/industrial maintenance course 1, 2, and 3 we’re all for something

14 часов назад
Samiam +1
Samiam

Wow you literally covered all of the points that my teacher taught me. From the rotation of the wire to the nut being screwed down, the colors, everything

14 часов назад
SteveQ
SteveQ

Great video, I hadn't made any of the mistakes in my DIY'ing (thanks 11th grade shop class teacher, sorry I forget your name!), but I never knew about the wire strip gauge in the back! I'll definitely look into those driver bits at the end. I hate shallow standard screws so always used Phillips, but yea, it can be hard to really crank down the screws. Oh, and I redo every backstabbed outlet I come across with traditional wiring. Every single one.

День назад
SternDrive with Doug Stern
SternDrive with Doug Stern

I took a crash wiring course at my local technical college many years ago. I have since wired two of my last new houses with no problems. I follow all the safety tips you just gave, and never speed wire etc. But I have an ongoing frustration. When doing a pig tail connection, and we do lots of them with 2,3 and sometimes 4 wires. When you spin that plastic tightener over those wires, sometimes one will pop off or come loose. Somebody should come up with a better way to fasten these pig tail connections. Is there something out there like that? By the way, I love that new screw driver bit you showed. I've never seen one of those before. Thanks!

5 часов назад
RedroomStudios
RedroomStudios

decent video for beginners... I didnt learn anything new personally. out of all the aspects of home renovation I really enjoy electrical wiring the most. I love the logic of figuring out how you are going to wire circuits for the functionality and layout you want. I wish I had known when I was younger that I had this passion for electrical and I would have looked into it as a career. I took courses in high school and college but at that time I was more interested in my social life... glad I was able to enjoy it later in life as part of several home renovations.

День назад
SarcasmForDummies +98
SarcasmForDummies

I am not a professional electrician but have done a lot of electrical work myself due to not having the finances to pay a professional. I always research and make sure that I'm doing it the right way. Years ago I had to read the books that I still own and would make sure everything was done right. Today having the ability to see videos like this is an amazing thing. The learning process is far faster when seeing visuals. I have a quick project today and was just refreshing myself; so thanks!

Месяц назад
How To Home
How To Home

@jay haines Where? I have never said that. It’s perfectly legal to do that. However, I and many of the electricians I have spoken to about it, prefer to use pigtails so that the receptacles work independently of each other.

4 часа назад
jay haines
jay haines

@SternDrive with Doug Stern he has in the past.

5 часов назад
SternDrive with Doug Stern
SternDrive with Doug Stern

@jay haines He said no such thing.

5 часов назад
SternDrive with Doug Stern +1
SternDrive with Doug Stern

@jay haines He did not say that. Watch the video again. He talked about putting three wires where there is only room for two.

5 часов назад
jay haines
jay haines

@Ted Weiby ok. Your reply was directed at me.

День назад
Captaintek77
Captaintek77

Great video, very informative. I moved into my current home which was built in 1978 and when I went to replace a broken light switch I noticed that the loops were coiled clockwise. I have been in the process of inspecting and correcting the receptacles to counter-clockwise. I wish I had YouTube videos like this years ago when I started my DYI projects. Thanks again!

День назад
Mark Lennon
Mark Lennon

Excellent video- never knew the wire gauge is built right into the back of the outlet. Thanks for sharing your knowledge to the rest of us.

4 дня назад
fronce
fronce

The clockwise and counter-clockwise with the stranded wire was a really great demonstration! Great video

День назад
oldguardmd
oldguardmd

Kind of seems to me that you can avoid a number of issues by using commercial-grade outlets and switches. No backstabbing is even an option on the commercial or premium stuff I have seen at Home Depot or Lowes, and you don't need to do loops for most of the ones I have used recently. You put a straight wire into a cleaner connection and just tighten the screw. Builders are going to use builder grade to save money, but if you are in there working, pay the 5 or 10 bucks for a quality component and throw that builder-grade garbage in the trash. I cannot tell you how many times I have found builder-grade light switches that were broken and arching, but I have never had a commercial-grade plug or switch fail... Fewer options for mistakes, better quality. What is not to like?

3 дня назад
robert h +15
robert h

Super simple stuff- other than the double stack I’ve still caught myself doing all the other mistakes! Not good when you risk burning down your house, maybe with your family and yourself in it. Thanks for your videos, I’ll be checking through them time to time for instruction or reference before I get into projects👍🏻 I’ve learned the hard way 2 bazillion times that a quick second to watch and be sure I’m prepared can save some brutal headaches.

Месяц назад
How To Home +1
How To Home

Your are welcome. Really glad to hear when a video is able to help folks. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

Месяц назад
Dave Livesay
Dave Livesay

The Phillips head screw was designed to cam out to keep assembly line workers from over-torquing screws. A #2 Philips head driver (not a Frearson or some other cruciform drive) in good condition should provide adequate torque. Robertson and other noncamming drivers make it possible to over-torque these screws, so be careful. I can't tell for sure, but the first driver shown in the video looks like a Frearson. These don't fit Phillips heads correctly and will not provide adequate torque.

17 часов назад
Longsnapper 53
Longsnapper 53

Great video. My dad was an electrician and electrical maintenance foreman for Westinghouse Electric's East Pittsburgh plant. He taught my brothers and I all of this stuff. I thought I would watch to see if I could leave a snarky comment about what you missed LOL. You did a great job and taught me something with those bits that you use to tighten terminals etc. I don't think dad even knew that one.

День назад
DonTruman
DonTruman

Three more common mistakes (even by electricians): 1. Using terminal screws for "feed through". Don't use the two screws on one side to provide an easy way to connect another hot or neutral to the circuit, always use a pigtail for that. The only purpose of having two screws rather than just one is so the two outlets can potentially be controlled separately (e.g., one live all the time, the other switched). And, sometimes screws can come loose. If using a pigtail then only that one outlet will stop working, but if it's feeding through to other devices then they all go out. And that makes troubleshooting much more difficult, because you don't know where the fault is. 2. Even worse than #1 is using those quick-connectors in the back for feed-through. Have seen it many times and fixed it many times. It's a weak connection, it fails over time, taking out all devices downstream. 3. If the outlet is GFCI then do not feed other outlets with it, even though GFCI outlets are designed for that purpose. Reason: most homeowners don't know to press the tiny button in the bathroom plug, to get the garage outlet to work again. GFCI's don't cost that much. Just put a separate one in each location needed.

3 дня назад
C. T. Murray
C. T. Murray

It is so important that electricity be respected and that the clarity of every single wire you use in your house is accounted for and installed correctly. I'm so happy you have these videos.

4 дня назад
Fleedop Mogu +7
Fleedop Mogu

Explained nicely in a efficient concise manner. Good video shooting as well as verbal explanations. I pretty much knew all this info but your presentation, concise treatment of info, and the efficient videography is all very impressive. Thanks. I REALLY especially liked the simple but extremely illustrative example of the clockwise tightening on the clockwise bend. Just fixed a DIYers circuit where the dude tightened all the connections and you could tell it was random the way the DIYer placed all the bends or hooks. The guy was a self professed "expert" but had no clue that a counterclockwise bend would spread out or widen upon tightening. ...... and I'm a DIYer, but someone taught me early on that the direction of bend matters.

Месяц назад
Jody Wood
Jody Wood

Re the reverse polarity: another consideration is the risk of shock. An example is your traditional light socket is hot on the base and neutral is the ring the bulb screws into. Reverse those and you can picture how you might get a surprise.

12 часов назад
CatReader
CatReader

We just purchased a house where the owner was proud of his remodeling; "fully remodeled down to the studs six years ago, ...including ... new wiring" Before purchase, we found a few hot/neutral reverses and many receptacles without ground. It turned out that someone installed all 3-wire receptacles during the remodel, without regard to the circuit provisioning. I viewed this as misleading, dangerous, and not to code. Some of the wiring is new and properly done; some of it is 2-wire throughout the circuit (probably from original construction), and occasionally a 2-wire circuit was extended with 3-wire cabling. Rewiring the 2-wire circuits would be cost prohibitive, so we are having an electrician correct the reverses, add CFCI circuit breakers on the 2-wire circuits, and disconnect dead, misleading ground wires. For receptacles that remain ungrounded, we will add NEC-approved labelling to indicate that the receptacle is GFCI protected but has no equipment ground.

4 дня назад
John Callanan
John Callanan

Best way to terminate a stranded wire is to reverse twist the wire tightly with your pliers or similar tool. That really prevents the wire from coming out from under the screw.

3 дня назад
Hokey
Hokey

Good straight forward information. I have some experience, however, I did learn new things. Especially the ECX bit. I have to do a lot of upgrades on a property I just bought. This will help the process. Thanks!

День назад
Meneely House +522
Meneely House

Easier to remember that the two B’s go together: “black to brass”. Then everything else falls into place. Anyone that doesn’t know the screw that is literally coloured green is for the ground wire has no business touching anything electrical.

3 месяца назад
Ryan Ballance
Ryan Ballance

Jesus this is so basic it’s not even funny. People don’t know this!?

9 часов назад
William LeBlanc
William LeBlanc

@workct Not always

12 часов назад
Bryan Keil
Bryan Keil

@workct This is incorrect. I worked as as an Electrical Inspector for over 20 years and found no such instruction in any listing, installation instructions or the National Electrical Code. It is common practice to out all the grounds down and putting the ground up for a room switched receptacle. 99% of all installations I inspected had the ground down. Even I knowing the advantages of a ground up installation still install ground down. I do not find the advantages to be that great to change what most people think is correct.

День назад
Dieseltu
Dieseltu

,your opinion

2 дня назад
Vigor Manh
Vigor Manh

@Captain B I did not mean to be funny about the red color. Besides black hot wires, there are red hot wires and blue hot wires in single phase panels.

2 дня назад
Whiskey Delta
Whiskey Delta

My whole house was wired with the quick connections. First 2 weeks of occupying the house we lost a neutral somewhere. Installation techs wouldn’t come out for 2 weeks to take a look at it cause they were too busy. I re-wired every receptacle in my house with screw terminals in lieu of the quick connections. I sent an invoice to the electrician for 5 hours of my labor at 32.50/hr. Owner called me up defending this wiring method as universally accepted method of wiring. Told him I would put a lien on his business. He laughed. I filed the lien on his business for $300. He wrote me a check for $300 bucks LOL. It doesn’t take much longer to use the screw terminals and they never have issues the quick connects do.

День назад
T Walk
T Walk

Thanks for this. Never saw the combo bit prior, will go get one asap. Great explanations.

День назад
Aviator Trucker
Aviator Trucker

Sometimes I will take the wire after stripping it and stick it in the left side of the screw straight in and tighten the screw down. Sometimes you just don’t have enough wire to make a hook. Plus it makes taking the wire off easier especially if it’s short and you have to try to get that hook off of the screw. This is especially true if you’re using 12 gauge wire.

2 дня назад
speedskater1947
speedskater1947

I have a question about LED shop lights that have a tendency of blinking. I put up a metal building for my garage, ordered these circular LED lamps with quite a cluster of LED's in them. I installed runs of emt conduit throughout the building and purchased rocker type switches with dimmers. I was told to use specific switches designed for LED's to prevent the flickering of the LED's which I did. I have 4 bays of 2 lamps each or 8 total that amount to 800 watts total, all wired into one 20 A circuit breaker. When I have them all on I can distinguish an audible hum from that circuit breaker that will decrease as I turn off each bay (1 rocker sw for each bay). I have noticed that when I have had the issue it has been in the Summer when it's really hot or the Winter when its cold. I diminish the effect by reducing the power through the dimmer function. Also in the Winter the effect will stop if I have 3 bays on and I match their dimmer control. All the bays lighting are controlled at the rockers by the neutral wire. All grounds for receptacles and lights are grounded in their junction boxes mounted to the building steel and with independent wires running to the breaker panel ground bar. Both hot and neutral wires for all bays have a common junction box and are pig tailed separately to run one wire to the neutral bar and one hot to the circuit breaker in the control panel. Any ideas about my issue ?

3 дня назад
joe +88
joe

Sparky here. This is a well-done video of DIY. A few pointers: - Don't wrap the stranded wire around screw terminals. You have two options: 1: Splice a solid conductor to the stranded wire of the same gauge known as a pigtail. If you are short on box space due to the number of conductors in the box and CU size then your next option is to crimp on a vinyl-insulated snap spade terminal (Ideal makes them). Yellow will do 10-12AWG and Blue will do 14AWG. Personally, I use the Klein Tools T1710 crimper. It's a mil-spec crimper. If used properly your conductors will never pull out of the terminals. - Don't use the push-in connections behind the outlet. I have seen these fail. Take the time and strip the wire and install it under the screw terminal maintaining proper orientation.

Месяц назад
Clark Kent
Clark Kent

@joe also don’t sleep on Wago nuts, they are essential - Sparky channel for details.

2 дня назад
joe
joe

@ruaine83 Crystalline when presented under mechanical stress. This will cause screw to heat up and can burn the plastic around the device. gets very hot and very bad, burning plastic around it. Low voltage wiring of electronics it isn't a problem so much.

2 дня назад
ruaine83
ruaine83

for lower voltage (electronics) stranded wire is very common. What I do in my devices is to strip what i need, then twist as tight as I can. Then I'll take a little bit of rosin solder and basically turn the section that I'm going to use for a circuit connection into a solid wire by soldering the strands together. If I can't do that or don't think its the best for the situation because of wire size, current load, etc., I always try to use a crimp connector (I don't like to risk a stray strand causing issues). Otherwise, I ask someone what should be done. Better (and cheaper) to hire a professional to do it right than to have to hire someone to fix my screw-up AND do it right.

2 дня назад
joe
joe

@Erik Kavanaugh Back in the old days before there were ceiling mount fixtures you had switched plugs. Typically the bottom of the outlet was a switched loop. The tabs were broken and 3 wire was ran to each box. I typically use the red wire as the switched loop and the blacks were constant. Splicing under a recepticle is based on labor and cost to some. Boxes of wire nuts and extra time to splice vs termination under the device.

2 дня назад
Erik Kavanaugh
Erik Kavanaugh

This plus last i knew the only reason you should put 2 wires one one side of the receptacle was to do switched receptacles. You should wire nut the 2 wires and run just a single conductor to either side of the device!

3 дня назад
Marvin Von Renchler
Marvin Von Renchler

Great vid I didnt known any of that. My house was built in 1963. We noticed upon moving in that some of th receptacles had back marks like little smoke tracks coming out of the holes where the plugs plug in. Not both up and down though, only a top or a bottom and not all in the house. On some receps we get an arc or they dont work at all on the ones with the 'smoke' marks. Also, weve noticed over the years that some actual light fixtures wont give very long bulb life and we have to replace them many times more often than the others. Ive been told they are incorrectly wired, and I was going to open them myself until I saw this vid--now I think I should get a licensed electrician. What do those symptoms sound like? Should I keep my inexperienced paws outta these things?

5 дней назад
Randall Thomas
Randall Thomas

The combination screw head is the result of Canadian code specifiying A Robertson head, and teh US code specifying a flat blade slot. The manufacturers did no want to catalog different devices for the two countries so they developed the combo head. Problem is that most people use a Phillips on them, which leaves them under torqued, and buggered up. With the new codes requiring that you actually torque the screws to spec, the combo drivers are going to be very handy.

4 дня назад
Jason Graham
Jason Graham

Love your tool board AWESOME. Great video You'd be surprised on how many people do the things that you're showing them not to

День назад
Tony Delitala
Tony Delitala

And since we are dealing with DIYers, alway, always, always be sure you have the fuse or breaker off and confirmed before you begin any electrical work. Also is a loop and a half of electrical tape over the terminal screws as a final insulator still recommended?

День назад
BWGPEI +30
BWGPEI

As an old technical writer, I am impressed by how well you demonstrate your points. Very nicely done!

Месяц назад
don johnson
don johnson

I want to know in what world are the wires and terminals being moved around so much that they can "fall out." While I dont use the backstabbing method, I hardly think they would be allowed if they were that much of a liability/danger for the customer or the producers.

4 часа назад
Dave F.
Dave F.

Back to basics! Great primer or refresher for DIY'ers. Thanks.

День назад
Michael Nicholson
Michael Nicholson

I agree with everything here, I'm not a electrician but was raised by one, and do all my own work, here's something my grandpa told me when I was really young relating to polarity, "black to brass to save your ass", it's hard to get that out of your head, I've thought that anytime I've seen any electrical outlet since I was 10 years old

2 дня назад
Frank Dalton
Frank Dalton

As an electrician for 30yrs. All this information is correct. Never use push in terminals. Pigtail all the wires and wrap them to screw terminals. As seen in video. Good job sir.

2 дня назад
Rick Hansen +11
Rick Hansen

I was aware of the mistakes you pointed out, there's one more that could go on your list that I'm aware of, if only one wire is going on the hot and neutral terminals, always be sure to tighten the screws that are not being used so the heads are not sticking out where a person could accidentally touch them or contact a ground wire when pushed into the box . Was not aware of the different screwdrivers for tightening the screws, will pick one up. Thanks!

3 месяца назад
Bikertrash
Bikertrash

Very good video . Easy to follow instructions and the reasoning on why the wiring has to be exact .

4 дня назад
Jeff
Jeff

Thank you very much... I have to second the thought. If you have or are buying a home, I highly suggest you have each and every outlet inspected or check them yourself... I'll bet 90% of them are Back-stabbed. We had this issue; and since residential electricians just terminated at the panel and labeled "Gen Lighting"...I was chasing two bad plugs for a long time. I work with Electricians and one came over....he laughed and said..."My old company did work in this neighborhood". He walked right to a kitchen plug; test it... "yup, Ill bet two plugs in the Great room and master are tied into this circuit..."" to which he found the GR ceiling switch was also on the circuit... and as he called it a "Ghost" Switch...wall switch that was never wired...Just a ghost filling in a three switch box... Sorry for the that... All of the issue went directly to back-Stabbed outlets...In the master BR, He found a the two outlet with piggies, backstabbed that were loose and one, the wiring insulation had sever heat damage....

15 часов назад
Rena
Rena

From all safety features the US could have chosen for their plugs, polarization is the only one they got 🥲. The least important in AC

2 дня назад
Robert Satterfield
Robert Satterfield

A few things: One, there are certainly other options, but when it comes to stranded wire, you can wrap them around a screw securely with a little trick..before you loop the wire, you will notice all the strands are twisted clockwise, twist them tightly counter-clockwise, then loop them. Secondly, yes you can get a better bite on the screw with a square or flat/square combo bit (and I highly recommend it), however it's important to NEVER over tighten. Everything has torque specs, and for good reason. Under tightening can cause a bad connection, but over tightening can damage the threads and also cause a bad connection, I've even seen busted receptacles because of this, and sometimes the person installing them that tightly doesn't even realize they've busted them until there is a problem, and that is equally dangerous. And thirdly, while I agree that generally speaking, the screws are the better method, let's not forget that the stab in method is UL listed and has been tested and approved for its use and is legal, so to say that it is a mistake simply isn't correct. Both methods are subject to installer error and I have seen hundreds, if not thousands installed with back stabbing and many that have been in place for use a number of years with no issues. In fact, in my nearly 25 years in the trade, I've seen more failures due to improper installation using the screws. The biggest problem I've seen with backstabbing is improper strip length (which is what the guide on the back is for), too long leaves too much copper showing and too short doesn't allow the wire to fully seat to create the best connection. The bottom line is, if you don't know what you are doing, leave it to a professional. And just because it 'looks' right, doesn't mean it is...lives are at stake in this business.

10 дней назад
Sunkmanitu tanka Owaci +1
Sunkmanitu tanka Owaci

Excellent comment I was about to say the same thing about back stabbing the receptacle. It’s allowed for a reason and done properly is not a problem the only thing I might add for a homeowner is to be careful of length of wire in the box so there are no tight bends

4 дня назад
Hank White
Hank White

Trying to "change the wire twist" is as wrong as this BULLSHIT WOKE GENDER CHANGE - FOR KIDS ESPECIALLY........... NEVER CHANGE THE "TWIST DIRECTION" OF WIRE OR YOUR PERSONAL "BOLT" OR "NUT"....... FJB

9 дней назад
Lynn Skinner +7
Lynn Skinner

I've never done any electrical work. It always sounded simple but scared the crap out of me. And now I can see I was smart not to touch it. It's more complicated than I thought it was. So Props to all the people who know what they're doing. You're appreciated.

Месяц назад
Kevin Newell
Kevin Newell

I'm OCD about most things, electrical is one of them. This is one of the better videos I've seen, job well done. One a side note, I cringe when you said 14 gauge, which I think should be banned in a house because too many people use 14 gauge and either over load the line or make it a 20 amp line.

2 дня назад
Kyle Morrison
Kyle Morrison

Very informative. Wish I had seen this years ago!

День назад
Bo Kali Saint-Wyatt
Bo Kali Saint-Wyatt

Amazing there are so many working parts to a little receptacle! I am so glad I watched this!

6 дней назад
Georgeline
Georgeline

VERY informative for the novice lady handygirl! Thanks!

3 дня назад
CupidStatFunt +11
CupidStatFunt

Thanks for this, particularly the clockwise/anti-clockwise thing. I'm an occasional DIYer and knew about the hooks and trim length but never knew that the hook was supposed to go in clockwise. I'd randomly insert it in either direction and thought the reason the wire slipped out sometimes and stayed put others was down to poor quality control on the terminals. I've even wedged a flat head next to the wire to stop it popping out while I tightened. Thanks!

2 месяца назад
disana allen
disana allen

@Lauren L dfeytetrrtrtrrrtrrrrrtrtttttrytttrrrt

20 дней назад
Lauren L +1
Lauren L

I'm left handed and although I know this, I catch myself going the wrong direction or twisted wires together the wrong way then wondering why the wire nut doesn't feel right! Thanks for the reviews, helps alot

25 дней назад
CupidStatFunt
CupidStatFunt

​@all my exes R insane A fool is one that doesn't learn. I reverse engineer most things I do, and often improve the process but this one thing got me. It's largely because I've only ever installed 8 outlets and 6 of them just happened to be the right way round, so, when I hit two that weren't I questioned the slightly cheaper outlets I'd switched to instead of myself. I observed the wire slipping out and devised a graceful lever mechanism to insist that it stay in place as I tightened. Talking of jacking up cars, the first time I ever changed a brake pad it took two hours for the first wheel but the last time I ever changed one, the second wheel, only took 15-minutes. I was barely 17 and, although the parking brake was of course on, I had no idea about blocking the tires at the time. The wind was blowing hard and my leg was totally fine because nothing happened but you almost thought it was going to be an interesting story.

Месяц назад
CupidStatFunt
CupidStatFunt

@brian ​In my defense, I've never had an issue with the exception of this one thing - one thing that How To Home thought was a common enough mistake he made a video about it. Also, in case my words misled - the flat head screwdriver is only there while the electricity is turned off to ensure the wire doesn't slip as the screw tightens. It counters the effect of the screw pushing the wire out, and everything is securely held in place before the flat head is removed. Everything is then insulated before turning the electricity on and testing polarity/ground, then the electric goes off again while the outlet goes in the wall. One more go with the receptacle tester and a quick run round with the non-contact so I don't think there's any additional risks.

Месяц назад
all my exes R insane +1
all my exes R insane

My pet peeve over the years has been: Seeing so many people NOT examining their own methods, NOT being safe. A fool leaves sharp tin or wires falling into roof insulation. A fool jacks up a vehicle WITHOUT tires blocked, emerg. brake On. I can think of a dozen more examples. I can accept humble suggestions from others. If I disagree, I explain the physics of Why. Seems like most women (that I've been around) "just want the damn thing fixed, & they want it done YESTERDAY! 🐷😵‍💫💩😠

Месяц назад
It's Me
It's Me

When I was young, I learned how to make a simple light by running wires from one end of a metal plate to the other end where a small low watt lightbulb was. The shop teacher explained it and I paid attention. Since then, wiring hasn't interested me much. I did know that to repair simple wiring, first thing is to shut off the power at its source. I forgot that once and got shocked, predictably. Fortunately, it was a low enough voltage that it didn't have any lasting effect. My general rule is that if I don't know how to repair or replace wiring, I leave it to those who do. I'd prefer to pay someone to do it right the first time rather than risk electric shock or a possible fire.

3 дня назад
Tankra
Tankra

Every one should own an outlet tester. Very cheap and will tell you instantly if your outlet is wired correctly.

День назад
Aaron Self
Aaron Self

Thank God someone with a brain has pointed out the right ways of doing electrical work!!

4 дня назад
M. T.
M. T.

Loved this thorough explanation. Thanks!

2 дня назад
Hamilton Cruz +7
Hamilton Cruz

I’ve seen a lot of these mistakes around my house changing the receptacles. As for myself doing the replacements, this video of the explanation of doing it right and safely replacing them, had helped me a lot better.

Месяц назад
Jonah Zablow
Jonah Zablow

We electricians call too much exposed copper a "shiner", which can electrify a metal box if it makes contact.

3 дня назад
Tom Dee +1
Tom Dee

Great stuff here. I learned a lot. Thanks!

3 дня назад
New Dawn Productions +1
New Dawn Productions

I always take photos of the way the old receptacle is wired before I try and install the new one.

День назад
Grady Doran
Grady Doran

Can you explain how you can have reverse "polarity" on an AC circuit? 🤔 Just kidding, but as an electronics engineer it's a bit misleading a term. The real issue is two fold, a device switching the neutral instead of the hot, will then have hot wires that are not switched off... Secondly is if that device relies on the neutral for a ground, it may not be properly grounded... both of these conditions can lead to a shock. That said, the current flow (polarity) goes back and forth in both the neutral and hot. So the term reversed polarity when referring to AC has always bugged me.

3 дня назад
Jeremy AE Goggleson +9
Jeremy AE Goggleson

Oh man, I'm so glad this appeared on my Youtube home page! This was incredibly informative for this DIY'er. Your explanation, demonstration and understanding was extremely helpful. Also, I was today years old learning about the Robertson bit, I had no idea it existed. I've been loving the torx bit and cringe at all philips and flatheads. I'm going to look for the Robertson right away. And I loved the 1080p60 video, so clear and sharp. Thank you sir!

2 месяца назад
How To Home
How To Home

Glad you liked it. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

2 месяца назад
Jerod Lammi +1
Jerod Lammi

I've used that tcx bit a few and didn't like it. I tried it on several different things and it seems like it just didn't grip the way it should have. I usually just use a Phillips and if the screw has any damage I'll pull out a flat head. Many older screws seem a little soft and easy to damage. Many people over tighten these screws which can damage the threads. Over time the connection becomes loose, which creates heat and potentially fire.

2 месяца назад
George Valente
George Valente

Those are the mistakes. How about best practices? We always tape our receptacles...never leave an exposed wire/screw. Always tape wire nuts. Any other best practices?

2 дня назад
Tom Fischer
Tom Fischer

Very valuable reminders. Thanks so much for the clear and concise presentation.

День назад
George Valente
George Valente

Purchase a tester and test all your outlets. The prior owner may have wired your outlets incorrectly.

2 дня назад
old coot
old coot

Only comment I can add to this is when discussing using a pigtail to add additional connections to the one outlet it woult have been beneficial to provide the viewers an example of this as well. otherwise nice tutorial.

День назад
Step on a Cracker +100
Step on a Cracker

I helped a father in law wire his house (He was a certified electrician). An older gentleman that had been an electrician for over 25 years. He told me one thing that I have always remembered and passed on to many DIYers. "Black to brass to save your ass!" Easy to remember and can save your life!

2 месяца назад
Gerald Burmeister
Gerald Burmeister

I was told by my neighbor when I first started working on my own stuff "just remember all the experts are dead". He said if you don't know what your doing make sure you figure it out first and triple check everything.

3 дня назад
Jeremy Miller
Jeremy Miller

@joe I guess you are to damn stupid to read!! Because I actually even state the very things you said. Neutrals and grounds are tied together and they are tied to a 10 foot ground rod as well. I realize the earth ground wire is not always bare and never claimed otherwise. I just stated that on a 3 prong plug it will always be on the same side as the neutral wire. Go back under bridge that you came from you little troll.

7 дней назад
joe
joe

@Jeremy Miller Ground and neutrals are only tied together in the main panel. Sub panels the bonding screw is removed. Sometimes the ground wire isn't bare. It also goes to two ground rods and not just one.

7 дней назад
Japer Electronics
Japer Electronics

@Deno03 Exactly. There are some appliances it kind of matters. The charger is class 2 isolated, so the output is completely floating compared to the input. The transformer inside the plug has spacings and tapes that make it impossible for the input and output to touch. Some appliances are either line or neutral referenced. Meaning the 5V bus that powers the electronics ride the sine wave. The advantage of this method is that it is cheaper as this bus can be created without an expensive transformer and some motor controls need to know the position of the sine wave to trigger. In a Class 2 isolated scenario you would need expensive optical isolation to trigger the motors. Even with this non isolated scenario appliance makers assume and test for miswired houses. I think they assume as high as 30% of homes are miswired. The earth ground wire is a critical safety feature and that should never be miswired. Appliance cabinets are tied to earth ground for safety.

29 дней назад
Deno03
Deno03

As a non certified electrician, I can assure you that it doesn't matter. All you're doing is creating a circuit. Look at the box that allows your phone to be charged. It doesn't have different blades on it. It can be connected in both ways.

Месяц назад
Michael Block
Michael Block

I had a outlet in my garage with a hot connected with insulation under the screw and only half a loop. It was okay for 5 years. Then started overheating to the point of issuing smoke whenever I used it.

День назад
Da Hawk
Da Hawk

Well....I wish I had seen your video sooner because I changed all the outlets in our house years ago, with all the (little) knowledge that I thought I knew. Now...as soon as all the Firetrucks get the flames under control and leave my house, I can sneak back in and change them all out the Right way!!!

4 дня назад
Jeff Zweygardt
Jeff Zweygardt

Black to brass! One of the most important things to learn about electrical wiring.

День назад
mvcnj
mvcnj

I am a DIY homeowner. Your bit recommendation is a great tip.

5 дней назад
Risus Sardonicus +9
Risus Sardonicus

Great video. Something worth pointing out, there are round cutouts at the base of the mounting tabs. They are to be used as wire strippers 12,14 gauge ,solid or stranded.

Месяц назад
Kareem B. +1
Kareem B.

Eaton does but Leviton does not. In any case its not a great way to strip wires

Месяц назад
Ga No +2
Ga No

VERY few brands have that feature from what ive seen.

Месяц назад
david ervin
david ervin

My house almost burned down because of those push in wiring options on an outlet. Some idiot, probably me, wired he kitchen, finding the push in option pretty handy. Many years later, in the middle of the night I put something into the microwave. In the dark kitchen I noticed a light on in the back of the microwave. Hmmm. When I pulled the outlet the whole top right of the outlet was reduced to a smoldering blob of burned up plastic and the insulation on the wires was also burned off. Luckily, I noticed and also luckily the box contained the fire. Never use the push in connections. For most outlets the max current used will never approach the 15A (or 20A kitchen) limits so the poorly installed outlet will survive...but you never will know when someone might plug in a high current device like a microwave or small welder or powerful vacuum and the breaker protects for max current of the wire, not the max current of an ill-installed outlet or poorly installed wirenut. In an earlier life I was in a deployed, desert, location and working in a mobile trailer based system. The AC was very much used in the desert heat but it would frequently fail due to the wires melting off of the AC contactor. Looking closer I found that the contactor & AC were wired with 16ga Airforce wire (Teflon insulated) and fed from a 45A breaker. I brought this up with the company and the engineer said that the small wire was rated for a higher temp. This may have been true but the 16ga wire did not afford enough surface area at the screw terminals to stay cool enough not to melt the copper, nevermind the high temp insulation. I was able to double over the wire and secure that under the screw terms which stopped the overheating of the connection point. This is why the push in outlet connections are a bad idea. They don't provide enough connection area to transfer large currents without heating up and the connection itself is hidden from view. If years of use (and even one overheat annealing the copper) cause the spring tension of the internal connection to lessen, the ability of the connection to conduct current will lessen without being seen or being reparable.

2 дня назад
Manlee Russell
Manlee Russell

Video put together very well. Kinda sad it needs to be said 😔 being even almost every outlet ive seen comes with instructions. Not saying DIY is bad. Just saying electric is very dangerous and should be done by someone that didn't skim through a youtube vid. This is how we get over confident youtube certified Diy'ers that put people at risk of harm or death( i kinda earn this by getting zapped bc of someonelike this)............up next dont eat tidepods even though the box says not to

3 дня назад
Mario Gallardo
Mario Gallardo

Good video, I found wiring just like that in my house.

4 дня назад
Marie Jones
Marie Jones

Good education as I'm trying to learn. I like your explanation & it makes sense

5 дней назад
James Ross +3
James Ross

I've been doing property work and renovations for a few years now. I've seen these and so much more. Once saw a fuse box (not a breaker box) double and triple tapped, ungrounded. It was incredible.

2 месяца назад
Sean Casey
Sean Casey

I often pinch the end of my hooks around the screw closing the loop before tightening it down. Good? Bad? Neither?

2 дня назад
Bryan Koontz
Bryan Koontz

Thanks for the great tips. Very helpful.

16 часов назад
Victor Connor
Victor Connor

Very helpful! Learned for sure!

2 дня назад
Nora Fox
Nora Fox

I feel like the speed wiring was meant for carpenters needing an immediate power source for a quick/temporary job in the area

2 дня назад
Gerald Mattos +7
Gerald Mattos

I just purchased a receptacle looking very much like yours and I learned a couple of new things and I thank you for bringing this to all of our attention out here who are do it yourself installers in our own homes and that I really appreciate.

2 месяца назад
Robert Nichols
Robert Nichols

Very well demonstrated and quite accurate

3 дня назад
Bible Journaling 66
Bible Journaling 66

You should mention that if the terminal screws are used you can not use the stab in connectors. Go job though I liked your video.

19 часов назад
TurboFlush +1
TurboFlush

I prefer the outlets with the clamp plate under the side screws. Sure connection and strip less.

3 дня назад
How To Home
How To Home

Completely agree!

3 дня назад
anjhindul
anjhindul

a little to much insulation isn't a problem. To little removed is a BIG problem. Also, color of terminals is completely unimportant. Small plug is the hot, big plug is the neutral. NEVER use stranded in these applications. if you MUST use stranded, you need to use a terminal connector I prefer the Y type... Source, 25 years in the trade.

4 дня назад
Joe Blow +7
Joe Blow

One of the best electrical videos I’ve watched. Your examples go right down to the point. I knew most of these but watching your video definitely!

16 дней назад
Robert Waldrop
Robert Waldrop

There's one other things I like to recommend the people that want to do it yourself is make sure you got copper wire or aluminum wire in your house because somebody receptacles will not work with aluminum wiring it's not good for it maybe you can explain it to people better

Час назад
Dottie Browning
Dottie Browning

Excellent, clear descriptions. Thanks.

День назад
Russell Grindle
Russell Grindle

Very clear video and explanation. Thank you.

6 дней назад
Phantom Vasqman
Phantom Vasqman

thank you, it's been a while since I replaced mine. no problems but now I'm wondering if I should check them.

4 дня назад
Fooflighter +10
Fooflighter

Great video, learned a couple things, I don't see many DIY channels explain things as clearly or with the details you include. Well done!

Месяц назад
Culbyj +1
Culbyj

dude dont listen to these type of vids

Месяц назад
Chris van Gorkom
Chris van Gorkom

Could you make a video on this topic covering three way light switches? My wires are black/white/red.

2 дня назад
kingair87
kingair87

It would have been nice to see how to pigtail, rather than just telling us to pigtail. Otherwise, very informative!

6 часов назад
Kevin Gentry
Kevin Gentry

Great fundamental information that many aren't aware of.

4 дня назад
Carl Wagner
Carl Wagner

What troubles me is teaching untrained, diy’s electrical. I can tell you one thing that is not addressed and shown on this video is against NEC; never mind that electrical work is not for diy’s.

День назад

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