As I'm replacing the bad receptacles in my house, I have come across two variations on end of run wiring.
The first was when I was replacing a two prong outlet with a self-grounding outlet. The old outlet was wired white wire to top silver screw, black wire to bottom brass screw, and I wired the replacement receptacle in kind.
The second variation was when replacing a more recent grounded outlet. This one was wired white wire to bottom silver screw, black wire to bottom brass screw. I wired the replacement the same way.
Are both variations acceptable? I've been looking in my how-to books and I've seen both variations in the illustrations/photos -- not sure if that's because both are OK or because of sloppy how-to book editing. The text really doesn't address the point.
I always thought white top black bottom was the correct way.
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