1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 3, 2013 11:26 AM by Eric Cohen RSS

3 white 3 black wires to 4 wire receptacle


I am replacing all wall receptacles in our house.  Usually I find 1 black, 1 white and a ground wire or 2 white and 2 black.  The receptacles have space for 2 white and 2 black either pushed in or connected to the side screws.  I have 4 receptacles that have 3 white and 3 black wires.  Can I push 2 of each in and attach a 3rd  to the screw?  or do I need a different heavy duty type of receptacle?  Thanks

  • Re: 3 white 3 black wires to 4 wire receptacle

    The color of the wires could vary so please consult an electrician if you are unsure of what the wires in your wall actually are.

    The neutral wires (could be white) would go to the silver screw, the hot wires (could be black) would go to the brass screw, the ground (could be green or bare) would go to the green grounding screw.  Multiple wires can be slid under a receptacle that has the back mounting option.  I would not be able to determine what mounting options are available unless I knew the Cat No. of the receptacle that you are using.

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