I'm looking at replacing a few outlets that are old and loosely hold in plugs now. They are 15a 125v as is the wiring and breakers. I bought several Cooper E-Z Wire outlets and I am now trying to figure out if there is a best practice for these. They have the exposed screws so you can bend the wires into a U and wrap it around the screws OR you can insert the wires behind the plate behind the screw and tighten the screw; tightening the screw causes a clamp to grip the wire.
- Which is the better method for connecting the outlet?
- Also, I've seen some people wrap the outlet in electrical tape and other people not. Is this code?