Spokane Guy

08:10AM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
6 lifetime posts
I am planning on doing my own electrical work on a house I am going to build this year. I have been reading about some wiring options and one of the books I have says "NEVER" use the push in feature on outlets or switches because they come loose.

Yesterday I was helping a friend do the finish electrical on his house and he wanted his outlets done using the push in or "quickwire" feature on the Leviton outlets he got from Home Depot. I figured it was his house so I would do it his way. I did discover that the quickwire connections were all held very securely.

So my question this particular brand different than what my book was talking about or do the push in connections hold great at first then go south after a while?

Thanks for any input.


09:15AM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
5 lifetime posts
The push in meet meet the requirements of the NEC but, as for me and several of those that I work with (2 of them master electricians) we prefer not to use them. We feel that either the clamp type termination or the screw provide better more reliable connections for the long term. Care sould also be taken not to nick the conductor when stripping as this can cause a "weak spot" that can possiblity break wen bendin the wire. I'm sure that there are others out there that will take exception on the "screw vs push in" wiring. This is just my opinion and that of some of my coworkers.


04:58AM | 01/06/04
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Push in connctors weaken over time.
If you go back you can find several posts in which people describe failures of these connections. (I've experienced it too.)


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

With technology similar to that used by keyless ignition cars, the Kevo communicates with your iPhone via Bluetooth or a k... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon