The old outlet I wish to replace has a red wire pushed into the push connector and another red wire hooked around a brass terminal. The same is true for the two black wires. My question is should I pigtail the red wires and then just have one red wire attached to a brass terminal and likewise with the two black wires?

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    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 0:48

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Pigtailing them (from a wirenut connecting the two wires and the pigtail) is a perfectly good approach, yes.

Check the old outlet to see if (likely) the tab connecting the two brass terminals is broken/removed. If it is, do the same on the new outlet before installing it.

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