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How reliable are receptacles' clamp connectors for stranded wires?

The clamps are great. Not only are they much better than backstabs, they are also better than traditional screw connections, especially for stranded wire. With a screw, it is easy for the wires to get ...
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Four Outlets Out, No GFCI

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my question and respond. In the end I canceled the call to an electrician after methodically looking at all of the outlets on the circuit for a loose ...
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Is my plan for incremental addition of grounding to home outlets safe and code-compliant (US in 2022)?

Only the main grounding conductor must be "unspliced or irreversibly spliced" (i.e. from the service entrance to the ground rods.) As already noted #10 is overkill for circuit grounds (...
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Replacing old receptacle that had 2 wires under 1 screw

Yes, pigtailing is fine, and may actually be a requirement since the wires need at least 6" of length and to come at least 3" beyond the face of the box. You're not allowed to do oblige the ...
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My GFCI red light is on and it won't reset

Sounds like you killed it with water, or you've created a persistent ground fault that's triggering it with water. I would guess that repeated wetting has just finally killed the GFCI itself. This is ...
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My GFCI red light is on and it won't reset

Turn the power off, pull the GFCI receptacle out. remove any wires off of its "Load" terminals, and cap them off. Put the GFCI back in the box, power back up and hit "Reset". If ...
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Is it OK to use 15 amp receptacles with 12 gauge wire?

I agree with what has been said previously. However, there is an exception not mentioned: If a 20 amp circuit has only one simplex outlet, that outlet must be a 20 amp outlet. A simplex outlet is ...
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How to orient dryer receptacle when NM comes down, dryer cable comes up, and recepticle only has knock-outs on bottom?

Big-box stores have ridiculously generous return policies. This is a fair exchange for them being overpriced. If you got it at a big-box store, return it with pride... And then, use separate box ...
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How to orient dryer receptacle when NM comes down, dryer cable comes up, and recepticle only has knock-outs on bottom?

I'd go with A or C. For comparison, mine is horizontally mounted like C, but with the NM coming straight in from the right (panel is to the right side on the same wall). NM at this size has a small ...
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How reliable are receptacles' clamp connectors for stranded wires?

We can't say. What can say is the approved instructions that were approved with the equipment you are using. All the major testing laboratories test a connector in every way it is likely to be used. ...
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Whole wall running the length of the house isnt working

This sounds like a classic back stab issue where the motor load was enough to heat up another receptacle and the connection no longer works last time it may have been the hot but if all the ...
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Can I switch my old electric dryer outlet to new, standard 240v outlet?

This is a classic dryer outlet issue. First, welcome to the DIY forum, the people here know a lot about electrical safety. 120V is dangerous stuff, and it only seems safe because we have good ...
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Two GFI outlets in one box

There are some exceptions - e.g., an MWBC or two totally separate circuits in order to provide double the total power. But most of the time two duplex receptacles in one box, one with GFCI and one ...
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Two GFI outlets in one box

Most GFCI receptacle devices have both a "line" and "load" terminal. When you connect other devices to the "load" terminals of the GFCI device they will be protected by ...
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Is my plan for incremental addition of grounding to home outlets safe and code-compliant (US in 2022)?

You are talking about retrofitting grounds. The 2014 NEC greatly expanded the freedom to do that. A main ground backbone is a great idea. You only need #10 for the backbone, since that will suffice ...
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Is my plan for incremental addition of grounding to home outlets safe and code-compliant (US in 2022)?

Your basic idea is good but you must use GREEN wire if insulated yes all the way to #6 requires green insulation or bare is ok ( solid, stranded, insulated or bare), All splices in a box and after the ...
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How to reinstall soffit receptacles securely

What you have here are "old work" boxes. There are tabs on the top and bottom that are supposed to secure the boxes in place (see picture below) You'll have to turn off the power and remove ...
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Adding a duplex outlet to a gang box that had capped off wires

I would measure the distance to the next outlet if there is more than 12’ between outlets someone removed it (code states 6’ max distance so they are spaced 12’) I see this on home inspections all the ...
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Replacing old receptacle that had 2 wires under 1 screw

I have to assume you also have these heavy duty outlets available in Canada. They have four holes on the back for wiring which would be a legal, direct replacement for what you have. I think this ...
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Help Identify 3-wire SE cable

The bare wire is a neutral What you have is a Type SE, Style U cable. These always consist of two insulated wires surrounded by an uninsulated braided metal wrap (like the shield on a data cable, ...
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Four Outlets Out, No GFCI

This junction box you referred to is most likely what we call a pig hub. They are usually put in secondarily to the original wiring in order to add more outlets in the home. It's like a splitter. The ...
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How to best Sidewire this 8 hole quickwire outlet

As far as the wiring, look at the neutral and hot side for a "tab" that has been broken off. If neither tab is broken off, there is a serious wiring problem - don't put them on a 240V ...
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