I'm going through my new home and replacing my outlets. This was mostly fine, as the first outlet was very easy to replace. But, I ran into outlets that have multiple hot/neutral wires.
For the most part, I just copied how the old outlets were setup by plugging in the wires into the holes in the back and the "extra" ones screwing onto the side screws, and this worked fine (I hope). The problem I ran into is I wanted to replace some of my outlets with the newer USB/Outlet combinations, which only have one set of screws (and one pinhole in the back). Basically, I don't know what to do here; I don't think it's smart to put multiple hot/neutral on the same screw.
A few questions:
- Why on earth are there multiple hot/neutral wires for one outlet?
- What do I do for the USB outlet which does not seem to have enough screws to handle 3 hot/3 neutral/1 ground?
- Can I do anything to deal with all these extra wires? They make it harder to screw in the outlet because it is so crammed in there.