Incorrectly Wired Outlet Found In Newly Built Home

Feb 15, 2021
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Outlet Tester:
I changed out a failed outlet (properly called a receptacle) in a friend's home where I found 3 different mistakes made by the home builder/electrician. These mistakes don't go against NEC but are not following best practices. I will quickly review what these 3 mistakes are and how to correct each.
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1:00 Mistake 1
2:13 Mistake 2
4:03 Mistake 3
6:30 Closing
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  • So there was a few things that I would normally comment on in a video like this. But I think this time I will only comment on the advice you are giving to non electricians on how to fix electrical issues to NEC code. In the beginning of the NEC before any actual code it says the only person who can work on electrical systems are electricians. So you are basically teaching people to go against the first code but make sure you follow the rest. No one should work on an electrical system if they are not knowledgeable about it.

    David MasonDavid Mason5 hours ago
  • Sorry to disagree but the outlet was wired to code and used a UL tested and approved outlet with the push in wires as tested and approved. You may want belt and suspenders but is the extra effort make the final job any better? NO. You kill productivity. You add worthless rules and tell people who don't know any better a fairy tale - that productivity killing well tested improvements are not safe and should be done the hard way. The screws being fully screwed in are only for a steel box and most boxes today are made of plastic. No need to waste time and screw in the side screws for a plastic box.

    Steve _Steve _9 hours ago
  • No builder is going to tell his electrician to hook every 15a plug and pigtail all connections with more than 2 wires.

    Chris LambChris Lamb10 hours ago
  • My professor in my first semester in technical college is a licensed master electrician and he told us never to use those push-in connectors and to always put them around the screws. That by doing it that way makes it easier to replace a single receptacle unit. We were instructed to use the pigtail way of doing it and only that one. There is one thing that I was taught differently about the way you did it though. I was taught to put the wires under a screw wrapped in the direction that the screw tightens, wrapped around the screw.

    Paul RobinsonPaul Robinson12 hours ago
  • Push ins should be against code. I spent days properly reinstalling wires in my house. They will fail over time. Especially outside

    Mike on Vancouver IslandMike on Vancouver Island12 hours ago
  • I just replaced 9 outlets in my bedroom and two of the old ones had push in connections which nearly fell out by themselves when I pulled on them. Yikes ! I also appreciate the lack of goofy music. I also used the pigtail idea not knowing I was doing something good. All the while I thought I was a genius for inventing it!! (Jeezus!) Oh yeah, I went to college for Electrical Technology, but dropped out after one semester. In way over my head!!

    Blue RiderBlue RiderDay ago
  • You missed a couple. Wrap black tape around the bottom of the wire nut and wires to keep nut from unwinding over time. Outlet face should not be a "happy face" -- put the ground pin at the top so if something falls against a plug pulling it out slightly, it won't be able to short the prongs together. Both are "best practice" but not required by code.

    Charlie GoshCharlie GoshDay ago
  • How do you deal with limited space inside the box? I have had to stuff 6 wire nuts into a box with 3 three wire leads coming in. It was really tight.

    kousaka sankousaka sanDay ago
  • I put electic tape around hookup to make sure there will not be any shorts cirit

    Joseph DaltonJoseph Dalton2 days ago
  • Wait, instead of adding a pigtail on that outlet you should have used both contacts and tightened the screws. I know it was just an example of how to make the pigtail, but pig tails are only appropriate when you have 3 or more wires. I have seen more wire nut connections fail than push in connections. I personally wont use wire nuts unless there is no other option.

    Joe GJoe G2 days ago
  • Pretty good description only thing tell project worker to TURN OFF ELECTRICITY BEFORE YOU WO4K ON WIRES....

    Herman DonHerman Don2 days ago
    • Thanks for the feedback.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs2 days ago
  • I heard wire nuts are obsolete now >_>

    social3ngin33rinsocial3ngin33rin3 days ago
  • The last 2 are not important. Last one is extremely not necessary.

    Ajay PatelAjay Patel3 days ago
  • If I was to guess who installed the outlet, I would guess they didnt speak English . Sad to see what the GC 's are hiring to save a dollar

    Robert SmithRobert Smith3 days ago
    • Unfortunately this is how 95% of houses are being built in our area 😞

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs3 days ago
  • I think, for many homeowners, it's counterintuitive to think that longer wires in the junction box are better than short ones. There are code limitations on the number of conductors and devices allowed in each size junction box. That's not part of this discussion. This is about technique. A short wire is hard to fold back in to the space behind the device(s) and can be hard to connect to the device. I cut my wires at approx 6-8" out in front of the box depending in part on how many gang box I'm installing. After stripping the insulation, I fold the wires, to be nutted, sideways at 90°, so they're parallel to the face of the box. Now I can easily adjust the length of the individual conductors in my grasp, so they are even at the end, before installing the wire nut. I don't twist the wires in advance with pliers. It's an extra step. If the wire nut is filled to capacity, with pretwisted wires, and because the wire nut tapers pretty quickly, I question whether they would lay against each other in a natural distribution, or whether just the just tips would be bunched up at the base of the nut. I begin twisting the nut just prior to making contact with the wire end, with mild pressure, until I feel engagement. I believe this minimizes the chance of a wire getting pushed out of the way, especially with a maximum number of conductors allowed in the nut. If a multistrand conductor is in the mix, I pretwist the conductors of that wire and extend it 1/8" in front of the others. Multistrand wires are the most likely conductors to get pushed out of the way. When using this technique, if I undo the nut, the conductors are not flush at the end, but lay very naturally in a very tight mix. After the wires feel fully engaged, I shift my grip back a couple of inches, on the wire, and twist until the insulated part of the wire has twisted 2-3 times around. I feel that is a simple way to gauge uniform, adequate tension.

    John LeonardJohn Leonard3 days ago
  • Are you allowed to work on other people's houses? Did you need a permit?

    SpecgradeSpecgrade3 days ago
  • Licensed electrician from CO here, just to correct you, you keep referring to the outlet as a commercial grade device, when in fact it is a residential outlet, it has the TR stamp, meaning tamper resistant. Commercial devices are not tamper resistant

    Jesse BeasleyJesse Beasley3 days ago
    • They do make and sell commercial grade tamper resistant devices, Building code for TR receptacles are only required in areas that children under the age of 7 are exposed. Commercial spaces and office buildings, other than childcare facilities, do not require TR receptacles.

      Jan KuehlJan Kuehl3 days ago
  • There are two main things wrong with push in connectors. The point of contact is incredibly small (basic geometry). The metal tab inside is copper plated spring steel that is bent downward on the end. When the wire is pushed in the hole, the tab extends far enough in to the path of the wire to flex the tab downward causing it to bite (tiny, tiny bite) in to the side of the wire. Just enough bite that it can't be withdrawn without depressing the spring tab (separate hole). A VERY SMALL POINT OF CONTACT. Heat is generated at that small point of contact. By comparison, properly stripped 12/14 gauge wires have 5/8" of wire exposed and are twisted in to a bundle and held tightly by the spring in the wire nut (many points of firm contact). The wire in a circuit is effectively one continuous wire from the last device to the breaker. Running the load through each device, from one "poke connection" to the next, is a very inferior installation. Versus, nutting the wires together in the box, along with a pigtail for the device. When remodeling in homes wired with "poke connectors", we used to burn up outlets pulling 13 amps on a 15 amp circuit without tripping the breaker. We found that often the spring metal tab had lost the tension to make good contact (maybe from repeated heat cycles) or it had arced at the point where the tab touched the side of the wire.

    John LeonardJohn Leonard3 days ago
  • Appreciate that there is no obnoxious "music" in the background, just a clear presentation!

    Terrence RooneyTerrence Rooney3 days ago
    • lol, good point.

      Velton MeadeVelton Meade2 days ago
  • Nec violation is now used to prevent hazards. main one is to tape electric outlet and ground metal boxes and replace breakers with arc fault breakers to living spaces.

    David GregoryDavid Gregory4 days ago
  • thats why electricians use electric tape to cover all the outside edge of receptacles of any kind but dont expose wire out the back put the cover all the way in holes also pigtail wires of similiar ro one screw and tape down after installed

    David GregoryDavid Gregory4 days ago
  • You should really stress that you have shut off current to these wires before working on them. Just cause specials

    DeadAirDeadAir4 days ago
  • I've been teaching my helpers for years to pigtail the hots and grounds. You are correct and thanks for spreading the word. The one added thing I'd add is that since one black wire is the feed and the second black wire is the load, there is a small piece of metal between the screws that carries the entire load of every outlet downstream from the first outlet in the daisy chain circuit. Pig tailing the wires eliminates the load on that small metal piece between the screws. I've seen (usually cheaper) outlets that have overheated and melted the plastic on the black wire side. Keep up the good work. Larry the Electrician (retired).

    Larry SLarry S4 days ago
  • Thanks for teaching me this.

    Mark AckermanMark Ackerman4 days ago
  • I live in an old house. Only two wires go to all my outlets. Since there is not ground wire and the neutral is grounded, is there a problem tying the third prong receptical to the neutral prong receptical?

    Richie C.Richie C.4 days ago
    • If wired as you describe you could have a dangerous scenario where an appliance, let’s say a toaster, can become hot and shock someone who touches it if there is a break in the neutral wire. Definitely not recommended.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs4 days ago
    • @Everyday Home Repairs Thanks but I was just wondering was there a down side to the way of doing it the way I described. I've already wired several receptacles this way over 25 years ago. Never had a problem but was just wondering

      Richie C.Richie C.4 days ago
    • If you have 2 prong receptacles in your house with no ground and want to upgrade to 3 prong this would be the approved method called out by NEC outside of running a ground to each box.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs4 days ago
  • VIOLATION, In the majority of jurisdictions splicing and pigtailing as you had is not accepted in a box of that size and best to get in the habit of simply using a 4" box and with the raised plates. The receptacle box that your using is best for two conductors and no more and electrical codes are for the minimum requirements so make the job safe and if needed spend the extra few dollars and do make sure that your customers are aware that smoke detectors are inexpensive and save lives.

    My OhanaMy Ohana5 days ago
  • Use of pigtails is in my county considered as a fire hazard and any certified electrician should avoid using it.

    Peter SestakPeter Sestak5 days ago
  • when creating a pig tail, it is not necessary to twist them together. just hold them close and apply the wire nut..the nut will keep it snug.

    Jorge O.Jorge O.5 days ago
    • Sorry gorge O. ! ALWAYS twist the wires and trim the end. I have had many calls where someone did just what you said without twisting the wires and they will turn black form overheating and they do catch on fire.

      Larry SLarry S4 days ago
  • Thank You

    Walks FletcherWalks Fletcher5 days ago
  • I agree push ins do not allow a secure contact.

    Chuck MChuck M5 days ago
  • It looks like you are installing a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp line. You mentioned the wire was 12awg, not 14awg, which is used for 20amp circuits. 14awg is used on 15amp circuits. The outlet plug shape is that of a 15amp. 20amp outlet has a horizontal feature on the neutral plug.

    Daniel ClarkDaniel Clark5 days ago
    • 15 Amp Breaker White 14 AWG wire 15A outlet ONLY 20 Amp Breaker Yellow 12 AWG wire CHOICE either 15A or 20A outlet is allowed

      Jan KuehlJan Kuehl3 days ago
  • Commenting from Mecklenburg County, NC. Here, we use electrical tape to go round the yoke of any receptacle after tightening down the screws. Be it outlet or switches.

    Earnest. NJ.Earnest. NJ.5 days ago
  • Excellent advice. All older houses, and most new construction, use push-in installation and cheapest sockets because they are cheap... half the installation time of doing a proper install. Push in connectors are only safe when each outlet is at the end of the chain and there's no tension on the wires. Daisy chaining is obvious even in new houses, where a heavy load is plugged in and lights on the same circuit will dim. Cheap outlets are also a safety risk. There is a small piece of plastic, about 1/32", separating the hot from ground and the connectors are a weak design. When it eventually fails you can have the internals meet, with the expected ball of flame. This is one reason for the new (expensive) safety breakers for bedroom installations. Good quality outlets hold up decades longer, with no risk of shorting should they fail. If you "must" daisy chain (as when using shallow boxes) only the screw connectors should ever be used.

    Mike PMike P5 days ago
  • That's not quite right as an electrical apprentice I've learned that the bottom screws are for the incoming power while the top screws are for out going, you would only really used pigtails if you don't have enough wires to work with (which is why the back stabbing is also an option) or you sending power to multiple other receptacles or sharing the incoming hot, like in the case of using 2 gfci receptacles in the same configuration

    Soliner DenisSoliner Denis5 days ago
    • Keep going to school and learning more my friend, pig tailing keeps the load off the outlet except for what each outlet has plugged into it. Read Gorden Shute below also! Larry-Retired Electrician

      Larry SLarry S4 days ago
  • Wire nuts can wiggle loose with hot and cold. So use black tape around wire nuts and wires to hold them from turning.

    Roy EngleRoy Engle5 days ago
  • Good info....I always use pig tails on a first run or middle run outlets, takes the burden of the extra load going thru the outlet and stays in direct flow with the wiring, this way you can use the stab connections, I know, many say NO NO NO, but done properly you can! Personal preference, but not a NEC requirement.

    Otto RothOtto Roth5 days ago
  • Using the pigtails also allows the current to flow downstream in case the outlet fails making it easier to detect the bad outlet

    Robert HansenRobert Hansen6 days ago
    • Exactly!

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs5 days ago
  • Unfortunately, the only outlet failures I have ever had (even crappy cheap residential grade outlets) have been stabbed.

    razzix2razzix26 days ago
  • That was no "professional" that did that funky receptacle installation, that was obviously done by one of the General Contractor's General labors to cut costs.

    OldhoglegOldhogleg6 days ago
  • I don't like the push-in design outlets but I have seen some outlets that only have the push-in holes and do not have any screws to put the wires under.

    neutrodyneneutrodyne6 days ago
  • You said you are dealing with #12 wire so is this a 20amp circuit or a 15amp Circuit? If it is a 20amp circuit you should be installing a 20a outlet, just my quick analysis, nice work either way.

    rlsparky701rlsparky7016 days ago
  • there is code on the # of wires in the in the box you need to size the box too

    Richard StockwellRichard Stockwell6 days ago
  • The white wire is properly called the grounded conductor. A neutral is actually something different. However, almost everyone calls the white wire the neutral.

    Mark HeaneyMark Heaney6 days ago
  • Last time I checked, the code started that a continuous neural was a requirement. I always took that to mean that a pigtail was required at very least on the neutral. This helps to prevent a break in the neutral part of the circuit, giving an unbroken path for current to travel back to ground. If that doesn't happen, it can actually cause the neutral wire to become energized. I have seen this happen in several circumstances. It does take a little longer, but it does help prevent house fires.

    Gordon ShuteGordon Shute6 days ago
  • You did everything perfectly but then left the outlet plate screw clocked lmao

    SchowersSchowers6 days ago
    • Copy.... Glad you caught that! I ALWAYS leave mine vertical...

      Wallis UnruhWallis Unruh6 days ago
  • Thank you for using pigtails and twisting the wires together. No complaints about your work. Code requires box to be flush with wall surface if wall is made of combustable material like wood paneling so box extender was required. Everything looked good and safe.

    Farmer DaveFarmer Dave6 days ago
  • I always install deeper boxes, pigtails everything, and never use the back push in terminals. I also run all my circuits with 12 gauge.

    Jim PattersonJim Patterson6 days ago
  • Thank you for Sharing I like the comments helping to correct things to me is the most important thing to do on the planet loose wires start fires overloaded circuit burns up appliances By

    Mack MizeMack Mize6 days ago
  • Eventually wire nuts will become obsolete or used less frequently new wire terminals are gaining popularity called WAGOS.

    Eugene Bigay. 1990 American SkatersEugene Bigay. 1990 American Skaters7 days ago
  • Also good practice, electrical tape around the terminals is good

    kchilz32kchilz327 days ago
  • I don’t like back stabbers

    kchilz32kchilz327 days ago
  • I personally don’t like the extra connection point and also sad to say some apprentice electricians have trouble making a wire nut joint that doesn’t fail, If you just wrap them correctly clockwise around the screw and the proper length (Wrapping all the way around and tightly to the screw but not protruding past the back) they are very secure. Also throw wrap of tape around the receptacle to cover the exposed parts, Also be careful not to strip the wire too much there should be no copper hanging out behind the receptacle or out of the tape. Save the pigtail for the situation where it’s needed.

    Ky PlummerKy Plummer7 days ago
  • I'm sure others have mentioned it. National Electrical Code specifies that a device shall not be used as pass through for electrical current. That means using pigtails like demonstrated, and wrap the tails 3/4 of the way around under the screw. If using yellow wire nuts, only 4 wires. I had a client who lost two rooms because the first in line trouble spot receptacle, was back stabbed with both sets of wires and the device failed knocking out the rest of the circuit.

    dortot1dortot17 days ago
  • Whether or not an electrician uses the stab connectors on receptacles is a good indicator of how knowledgeable they are. No electrician worth his salt uses stab connectors on receptacles.

    teraxielteraxiel7 days ago
  • Back stabbing is legal .... I never ever do this !! I always make a tail if there are 2 wires coming into the box , strip the wire put it around the terminal clock wise so as you tighten the wire makes a connection that last for 30 years .... no problems...

    Susan EisenbergSusan Eisenberg7 days ago
  • Anyone please feel free leave suggestions. Are Wago 221 connectors acceptable instead of wire nuts? I have this same problem in a room, however, it has 3 hots and 3 neutrals plus the ground.

    Lost my WaffleLost my Waffle8 days ago
  • Great video

    Gal MessingerGal Messinger8 days ago
  • Plug are now being installed upside down. Ground up because if something is drop from the top it does not short out the plug or cause electrical shock. Just my 2 cents.

    Donnie RuckerDonnie Rucker8 days ago
    • I noticed that being done in hospitals years ago.

      Arthur KasperArthur Kasper4 days ago
  • At a minimum I would use silicon grease on the connects as I have seen corrosion on connections especially the wire nuts and pushins. For my own house i would solder the connects and tin wire ends.

    glen gillhamglen gillham8 days ago
  • Well I would like to put a run of black electrical tape around the terminals before I fold it back into the box.

    William McClureWilliam McClure8 days ago
  • I've ALWAYS used pigtails & wire all my outlets before I install them. I also put electrical tape around all the outlets & also around the wire nuts. A friend of mine called me to find out why some lights didn't work at a gold course & I found burned up switches & outlets because they didn't tighten down the extra screws.

    Dale FillDale Fill8 days ago
  • just leave the 5-16 in screw on the face plate completely vertical. it collects less dust. an another trade trick is making spacers by coiling bare wire around a phillips screw driver. slide that off the drivers shaft an cut it to whatever depth you need. most commen mistake i find are 3 an 4 way light switched. an i find the line an load mixed up on GFCI's. mostly caused by painters.

    JackJack9 days ago
  • If you were in the UK. The screws that fix the actuator of a light switch or power outlet is earthed back to the earth terminal in the back box (connection) box. SO if a live cable SHOULD come loose and come into contact with a fixing screw then the trip will operate and make the circuit safe.

    Jack HighJack High9 days ago
  • What is the best way to bend a shepherds hook

    roger penningtonroger pennington9 days ago
    • There is a small hole on the side of pretty much all wire stripers. Place the tip of the stripped copper strand in the hole and bend around the outside of the wire strippers. Works well. If you go to this video and at timestamp 4:37 you will see a demonstration.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs9 days ago
  • I recently had an outlet failure of a bedroom outlet that almost caused a fire in the wall that I was not able to figure out why the failure but I think it had to do with the way the installer had connected it up using wire nuts. I have come across Wago lever nuts that seem to be better than wire nuts because they are smaller and do not involve twisting the wires or nicking up the conductors. The maker says they also prevent the possibility of overheated connections that could cause a fire. What do you think? Here is a link to Amazon for these nuts:

    Ronald HoelRonald Hoel10 days ago
    • Only saw them used with little room in the box, plug moulding

      Jacob KlangJacob Klang7 days ago
    • Yeah, I really like WAGO 221 lever nuts and also I want to try their 2773 push in connectors but looks like they are back ordered for 6 months.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs9 days ago
  • Single copper core wires are really uncommon these days in my place. Is it standard wire type in US for houses?

    Gentili GiulianoGentili Giuliano10 days ago
    • @Everyday Home Repairs I'm in Italy. Well they are single wires (blue for neutral, brown for phase and yellow-green stripes for ground), at least for internal house wiring, but inside each wire there is not a single thick core of copper wire, but instead a core made of many thin copper wires together. Wires are softer and easier to bend than single thick cores ones. Wires as ones in your videos were popular 40 years ago for house wiring, but now are almost disappeared in more recent wiring .

      Gentili GiulianoGentili Giuliano9 days ago
    • Yep, it is standard in the US. Where are you located and is it multi-strand wiring?

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs9 days ago
  • the other reason for the pig-tail is if you have to work on the circuit live, this way, the line down stream is not interrupted....

    John StancliffJohn Stancliff10 days ago
  • I think the ground is supposed to be on top when viewing the installed switch. In other words, you installed the receptacle upside down.

    David BDavid B10 days ago
    • @Dennis Smith I'm hoping for a Nikola Tesla style "electricity through the air" system so I'm not drowning in cables running all over the place.

      David BDavid B9 days ago
    • @David B That's correct. You're not wrong in your original comment it's just that if you look around every plug in America is upside down. LOL Look at the European style plugs if you want something that is actually safe.

      Dennis SmithDennis Smith9 days ago
    • @Dennis Smith The argument I heard is that if the plug starts coming out of the wall, with the longer ground pin on top, you're safer to come in contact with the ground first (through above), rather than live power. Yes, they look terrible upside down, but that's probably cause we all grew up looking at them in a given orientation.

      David BDavid B9 days ago
    • Technically you are correct, but it doesn't make any difference safety wise and almost 100% of receptacles are installed this way. If you installed them correctly you would probably get complaints.

      Dennis SmithDennis Smith9 days ago

    Harrison KatzzHarrison Katzz10 days ago
  • What is you take on Push in connectors instead of the wire nuts which is better and code

    Stash OskiStash Oski10 days ago
    • I am doing some homework on the options now for a future video. I think WAGO 221 lever nuts are the best for most DIYers looking to do electrical work. Not cheap but solid product. Stay safe 👍

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs10 days ago
  • I am wondering about those LED lights that go on the plates that cover the duplex outlets.. They rely on friction connection to the side screws.. Is there any issues with these for NEC codes? Curious if anyone has thought of those?

    Stan SkaggsStan Skaggs10 days ago
    • I've bought one of these for use on a light switch, the builder had used the cheap .0 switches which are two narrow for the plate to make friction contact, needed to buy new full width switch to make a solid contact.

      Jan KuehlJan Kuehl3 days ago
    • This is all I found 2017 Code Language: N 406.6(D) Receptacle Faceplate (Cover Plates) with Integral Night Light and/or USB Charger. A flush device cover plate that additionally provides a night light and/or Class 2 output connector(s) shall be listed and constructed such that the night light and/or Class 2 circuitry is integral with the flush device cover plate.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs9 days ago
  • I don't know what people expect when these electrical contractors only hire cheap untrained labor to do the work. I work in commercial construction as an HVAC mechanic and all you see is cheap labor in the electrical trade sometimes I will screw with them and ask them what is ohms law majority don't even know what it is or respond I don't speak any English LMAO

    NaradaNarada10 days ago
    • Cheap labor isn't skilled. Skilled labor isn't cheap!

      Tim TaylorTim Taylor22 hours ago
  • Thanks for this video

    randie maerandie mae10 days ago
  • Nice vid, also you should note and i have seen many times is people wire the receptacles backwards (polarity).

    Big DaddyBig Daddy10 days ago
  • One pigtail is fine but 2 reduces the available space that you have in a box.

    Mark OsbornMark Osborn10 days ago
  • Thank you so much for this video!!! I’m a licensed electrician and have been telling people the exact same thing you’ve just explained. Keep the videos coming!!!

    Mike KeatonMike Keaton10 days ago
    • Will do, thanks Mike!

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs10 days ago
  • It'd be cool if you could add annotations to any of your older videos that may have had bad information. I'm learning so much! Keep it coming

    Jason VanceJason Vance11 days ago
    • Great minds think alike. I am starting to double back on videos and pinning a comment to the top of the comments section with "What I learned from all the comments." Then I just add bullet points which break down the main messages from all the viewer feedback. The comments / feedback are super valuable in addition to the video for viewers so I will try to call attention to the section moving forward. 👍

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs10 days ago
  • Why pigtail when there are only 2 wires? I wouldn't put them both under the same screw, but one under each screw.

    DrFrankensteins CreationsDrFrankensteins Creations11 days ago
  • I was taught that the pigtail is used to keep the circuit from traveling through the device when the device is not in use. If you have a high amperage appliance (space heater in your example) on a down stream receptacle, you are drawing that amperage through the up stream receptacle. Potential for overheating if the connections are weak or bent hard from the stab. Just not good practice.

    Allan LindsayAllan Lindsay11 days ago
    • Completely agree Allan, thanks for the feedback 👍

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs10 days ago
  • Thanks. Very informative.

    Jai SinghJai Singh11 days ago
    • You're welcome!

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs10 days ago
  • Hey pubic! be sure to turn off the circuit breaker before removing an outlet or switch.

    John Hicks Sr.John Hicks Sr.11 days ago
  • The pig tail are very important and also after pigtails hide the wire nuts is the side of the box and make sure the hook are in a clockwise direction, also pay a lot of attention when you splice a solid wire with a stranded wire , and you are correct when you said the push in are a mayor cause of failure

    Simon SalgadoSimon Salgado11 days ago
  • Use electrical tape to wrap around the exposed screws around the outlet to prevent unprotected ground wires from having contacts with those exposed terminals. 2nd, black tape the wire nuts just to prevent current arching.

    LeMont QLeMont Q11 days ago

    SierraSltGmcSierraSltGmc11 days ago
  • This old dog just learned a new trick.Thanks for sharing.

    Orlando GarzaOrlando Garza11 days ago
  • I always prefer to screw on a U shaped wire than to use the back push in wires. But why are there 3 wires of each kind in the area and I would electric tape them one by one to make sure they are insulated before leaving them in the box. But I would use all the screws on the sides and the ground leaving behind 1 of each wire to electric tape if those wires exist.

    hbarudihbarudi11 days ago
  • If I may add brother I’m a licensed electrician. I would never pre twist your wires with you linemen. It defeats the purpose of your wire-nut. Manufacturers recommend against that. Second when a wire-nut turns white at any point. You have overstressed it and eventually with heat it with melt. So replace right away. Lastly use a level to level your outlet as your setting it in place. Great work, great information video

    Raymundo SamaniegoRaymundo Samaniego11 days ago
  • Very good

    Wayne RogersWayne Rogers11 days ago
  • Regarding the pigtail application. What did the circuit look like that required a three line installation??? Obviously 1 line is coming from the circuit box (or up circuit) providing the electricity. I imagine the other two were to supply other items down the circuit (other outlets, switches, etc) but why the two lines??? Was the circuit splitting off in opposite directions? Seems like a strange wiring job. However I'm pretty sure even basic outlets have terminals for connecting devices down the circuit and it looked like your outlet had that as well. So wouldn't it have been wiser to wire the "source" or upstream wire into the input of the outlet then run your 6 inch wire out of the output of the outlet pigtailing the two downstream circuits into that? I feel like that would have made the whole circuit make a bit more sense to someone coming in years later looking at the outlet and seeing "yes this is the source wire, and these two wires head downstream" In my house I've got some fixtures/outlets where the switch is wired after the outlet, it threw me off at first until I figured it out. This might be what had happened in your case. An outlet controlled by a downstream switch (rather than upstream) as well as a downstream circuit for other fixtures/outlets. Moral of the story, understand fully what is going on in your circuit before jumping in and making changes.

    John GaleazzaJohn Galeazza11 days ago
  • Electrical engineeringed by a South of the border type.

    onceANexileonceANexile11 days ago
  • These 221 WAGO connectors are pricey, but are much better than wire nuts and I recommend them for DIY wiring jobs for people who aren't electricians. They can be found on online stores in sets of various sizes. Wire nuts are a common source of circuit failure too, especially when putting in three or more conductors in a single wire nut increasing the chance of one coming loose or not getting a good electrical bond. Also, rewiring when wire nuts are used is a hassle because you often have to cut and/or reshape the end of the wire each time you want to change the circuit. These WAGO's work much better. Each conductor gets its own secure clamp and you just push them in and snap the clamp closed, providing a solid and clean connection without having to twist wires together. Note, I am an electrical engineer, but I don't work for or receive any financial benefit for recommending WAGO products (but I would like to, lol). It's just a product I have used and really like. If other companies provide a similar product I would recommend them too if I had personally used them and found them to be just as effective.

    J PJ P11 days ago
    • I completely agree and actually touched on the WAGO 221 at the end of the video I published yesterday. They are pricey but I think t he WAGO 221 lever nuts help DIYers avoid issues with wire nuts.

      Everyday Home RepairsEveryday Home Repairs11 days ago
  • Genius!

    GodisMyLightGodisMyLight12 days ago
  • Couldn't have explained it any better. Good job

    Kevin ScottKevin Scott12 days ago
  • Wow! All the things you mentioned I said in my mind, "I wonder if he's going to mention that" and you did! Superb! I would also add to use good quality components including wire nuts. Cheap ones fail, so try not to do the same job twice because of it.

    John ValdezJohn Valdez12 days ago
  • while youre busy pointing out mistakes of others, I shall refrain from pointing out yours, save to say, you wont be dong my wiring.

    B WB W12 days ago
  • also a good practice to wrap the bare exposed screws on the sides of plug with electric tape

    john jonesjohn jones12 days ago
  • The most bizarre thing I've seen done by licensed professional electrician: 14 conductors, 14awg each, twisted together into a SINGLE wire nut. Definitely a code violation.

    Steven CooperSteven Cooper12 days ago
    • Perhaps you did not provide a clear explanation ....but there is no way "14 conductors, 14 gauge each" can be TWISTED into a single marrette. It is physically impossible. It is literally impossible to get five into one marrette ....assuming a proper sized marrette. There are marrettes that use a screw and the wires are NOT twisted .....but still ....I know of no marrette that physically accepts 14, 14gauge wires. How do you know this particular work was done by a "licensed professional electrician"?

      taxicameltaxicamel6 days ago
  • What brand of electrical conveniece outlet was that you used sir?

    Ernesto GandiaErnesto Gandia12 days ago
  • how you tell the 14 v and the 12 v

    Fy IchokwanFy Ichokwan12 days ago
  • Good advice. I would add that any time you need to use a wire nut, twist the exposed part of the wires together with your pliers and cut the wires so they are even. You have just ensured they will fit inside the wire nut, BUT the trimming put pressure on the twist you just made and it might have loosened your wires a bit. So to verify that your wires are both well-connected and that they stay that way, stick on the wire nut and twist it until you see the insulated part of the wires twisting as well. Give them 2-3 turns so you know they aren't going anywhere. The insulated section of wire will act as a strain relief so you don't have to worry about anything coming loose when you tuck everything back into the box. Second bit of advice: If you are going to be doing a lot of wire twisting be sure to purchase ribbed wire nuts. Next grab your socket wrenches and your cordless drill, and find the socket that fits your wire nuts. Ta-da! Electric wire twister. You will still have to twist the stripped part of the wire by hand, but the drill will speed up the rest and save you a lot of wrist pain later on.

    Doc FerringerDoc Ferringer12 days ago