Hello, I'm finishing my basement and am at the point where I am running the electric. I've run my wire and installed my boxes, and am now installing the outlets. I have a series of 5 outlets on a new circuit, using 12 gauge wire. My question is on grounding the outlets. At the first outlet, do I connect the ground wire comming in to the grounding screw on that outlet and then the ground for the wire going out to this wire (and repeat for the remaining outlets)? Or do I connect the in and out ground wires together and then run a pigtail to the grounding screw on the outlet? Any insight/answers are appreciated, thanks.
Sep 17, 2013, 11:08 AM
pigtails. it's a struggle getting a looped ground back in the box without shorting on either hot or neutral.
splicing is badly done by DIYers 100 percent of the time. you should lay all the wires together, grab a lineman pliers and twist clockwise through at least two turns into the insulation if any, then go back towards the tip and make sure all the wires are tightly twisted together. only then put the wire nut on. if you don't have good mechanical connection, sure as powers above made little green apples, putting the wire nut on will push at least one wire out. and it may not pop free until you have completed the job and wonder why you don't show two lights on the tester.
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Sep 17, 2013, 01:35 PM
Thanks for your response, and for the splicing tips!
Sep 17, 2013, 06:13 PM
I like using the green grounding wire nut where you leave one wire a little longer and stick it out the top. click here for a picThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Re-mdlr,
Sep 17, 2013, 06:38 PM
There is also a small copper crimp ring that is easy to use. Slide it over the two ground wires so that it's 2" or more down, then crimp it and cut one of the excess ground wires. Now you have just one ground wire to wrap around the ground screw.