It only takes a minute to sign up. I have two countertop outlets in my kitchen that I am in the process of replacing with new, GFCI-protected outlets. These two outlets are on a circuit together, and they are the only loads on that circuit. After wiring the new outlets up and testing them, I noticed an odd behavior.
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When an outlet receptacle falls in the middle of a circuit run rather than at the end, there are generally two cables in the outlet box. One cable is the incoming power source entering the box from one side, while a second cable exits the box to continue onward to "downstream" locations on the circuit. There may also be a third cable if the circuit is branching in two directions at this point. There are two basic options for wiring the receptacle to the two cables running through the box. First, the circuit can be direct-wired through the receptacle—that is, the entry cable can be attached to one pair of hot and neutral screw terminals on the receptacle, while the exit cable can be attached to the other set of screws.
How to Install an Outlet Receptacle
It only takes a minute to sign up. I know how to wire a GFCI receptacle and all the things to go with it in doing so. But what I do not know is the following.
Wiring electrical outlets properly called receptacles and switches involve many of the same basic techniques. Making safe, long-lasting connections requires properly preparing the circuit wires that will connect to the device and secure each wire to the correct terminal. The standard best practice for connecting circuit wires to a switch or receptacle is to use the screw terminals, which are typically located on the sides of the device body. To make a safe, secure connection using screw terminals :.