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Replacing a duplex receptacle that has 2 black wires and 2 white wires connected...

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Nov 14, 2013, 12:59 PM
Orion7486
Replacing a duplex receptacle that has 2 black wires and 2 white wires connected...
Hi all. I am replacing a duplex receptacle with another duplex that has a wireless module. The old receptacle has 2 black wires and 2 neutral wires connected to it. The new one has 1 black and 1 white wire going directly into the receptacle box. There are no screw points.
I'm guessing that the old receptacle is part of a chain with 2 other receptacles further down the line.

How is the best way to connect the new receptacle? I was thinking of connecting the 2 black wires together, and the 2 white wires together. Then pigtail the black and white wires from the new receptacle to the wires in the box. Here's a pic of the current receptacle if my writing wasn't clear.
Thanks for any help.

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Nov 14, 2013, 01:43 PM
CommonwealthSparky
The description you provide by pigtailing the whites and then the blacks and while attaching a single lead of each color to the outlet is the only way I have ever wired an outlet. To me it seems easier to fold the pigtail into the box neatly then follow with leads attached to the outlet.. No ground wire present?


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Nov 14, 2013, 01:50 PM
Orion7486
No ground wire. As I understand, the metal conduit is the route the ground uses instead of grounding wires.
Nov 14, 2013, 01:57 PM
CommonwealthSparky
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Originally posted by Orion7486:
No ground wire. As I understand, the metal conduit is the route the ground uses instead of grounding wires.

Copy that Houston !! The ears of the device and those two 6x32 screws provide the path to the box to the conduit. Was a common practice at one time {grounding via conduit} and grandfathered into the electrical code. New pulls need a ground wire present now, but that does not affect you.


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Nov 14, 2013, 03:22 PM
Orion7486
Thanks for the help. Installed it without a problem.
Nov 14, 2013, 08:42 PM
CommonwealthSparky
Very welcome, always good to hear when a plan comes together. Big Grin
Just noticed your location {Chicago}, that explains the conduit.

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