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I saw this in a video of how to install an electrical outlet, and thought you guys would like a good laugh out of it.

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Sloppy wiring and the receptacle is upside down.

Ducks for cover!

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That may be a clunky way to do things, looping through the screw but I am not sure what the violation would be.

Shoving 7 #12s back in the box will be a chore tho.

... and I bet that box is too small


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The ground is looped the wrong way around the screw...

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Originally Posted by n1ist
The ground is looped the wrong way around the screw...


and the wire is too long


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As far as the looped neutral - I cant really see a code violation. It is still 1 wire on the screw. It is not a practice I use much at all though.

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I have seen that "loop" thing a lot in raceway wiring methods. The wire gets pulled, unbroken all the way through. The argument was that there are that many less connections to fail. As an aside, Removing the device would not "interrupt the continuity" of the circuit ref 300.13(B).
In this case I am guessing that was a way to tap that circuit without wirenutting all the wires and bringing a pigtail out to the device. They must have looped the RX through the box. Sloppy but not illegal.
Usually you just see this looping in switch feeds.


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I think looping was more common in older construction. Those devices didn't have the back-stab connections, so, if you wanted to avoid using a wire nut (because you had 3 hots and 3 neutrals to connect to the device) you had to loop the connection. I always thought that was a neat way to do it.


Now, what they do instead is to to use the back-stab and the screw. I've seen outlets where there was a wire under every screw and in every back-stab. That's pretty sloppy, I think.


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Originally Posted by TOOL_5150
As far as the looped neutral - I cant really see a code violation. It is still 1 wire on the screw. It is not a practice I use much at all though.

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its not looped, it is 2 wires unbent just holding onto the edge


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OK I blew it up and looked, you are right. I didn't catch that.


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