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With most receptacles, you can connect up to two (2) sets of wires to the one recptacle/outlet. Be sure the power is off to the circuits you're going to be working on, by turning off the breakers in the main panel that go to these circuits.
Strip back the outer jacket at 8 inches on the Romex wires and be careful not to nick the conductors inside the outer jacket.
With the black, white and bare ground wires now exposed and separated from the jacket, you can stirp off 1/2 inch of the insulation off both the black and white wires. You can also tear off the paper wrapper that covers the bare copper ground wires too.
Now take the ground wires and twist them together for at least 3 inches, making sure that you start the twist near the back of the outlet box, where the wires come into the box. Use a pair of lineman's pliers to twist the bare wires together. Once you've done that, you can clip off one (1) of the bare ground wires that is left sticking out, as you only need one to connect to the Green grounding screw on the receptacle/outlet.
Now connect the two (2) black wires to the brass colored screws, which is the HOT or common side of the outlet. On the other side, connec the two (2) white wires to the silver colored screws, as this is the Neutral side of the outlet. Now you can carefully bend the wires to let you push them into the outlet box and screw the outlet into the wall box. Put on the plate cover and you're all set. Turn the breaker back on and you've completed the wiring.
On the box with the single #14/3 wire (w/ground) just follow the instructions above, except you only have one wire to connect to each side of the outlet, matching them Black to brass screw and White to silver screw and the bare copper wire to the Green grounding screw.
Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards.
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
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Turn off the power to the receptacle that will be replaced by switching off the circuit breaker in the fuse box. Check that the battery is good in a circuit tester. If not, replace the battery. Place the tester's two ends in one set of the receptacle's slots, then the other set. The light on the tester should not come on. If it does, the correct circuit breaker has not been switched off.
Take off the receptacle's face plate by first removing its screw. Detach the two screw securing the receptacle to the box and pull out the receptacle. Loosen the receptacle's terminal screws and pull away all wires from the back of the receptacle. Take out the receptacle (if working properly, it can be reused). If the ends of the wires are chewed up after removing them from the existing receptacle, cut them off with wire cutters. Strip off 1/2 an inch of insulation from the ends, using wire strippers. Bend them into loops with the pliers.
Bend the copper ends of all wires into a loop, using a pliers. Connect the white wires to the silver terminal and tighten the screw to the wires. Connect the black wires to the gold terminal and tighten the screw to the wires. Connect the bare ground wires to the ground terminal and tighten the screw to the wires.
Push all cables into the back of the box, followed by the receptacle. Attach the receptacle to the box with the two screws. Hold the new faceplate in position and install the screw. Turn on the power at the circuit breaker.
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