Six wires in a single outlet box?
OK, so I wanted to replace a brown electrical outlet in an upstairs bedroom with a new white one (not at the B&B). I take off the cover and there are six wires coming out of the box...
two wired to the screws on the left
two wired to the screws on the right
two are snapped into the connectors on the back (seems like duplication)
My new outlet only has the four screws...no snap connectors on the back. I could probably buy an outlet with snap connectors but my questios are...
1) What would be the point of six wires in the box? It does not appear that it was ever a double gang box, neither the top nor bottom outlet is tied to a light switch, and they are connected to the same breaker in the box.
2) This wiring seems odd to me, is there any danger with wiring up the new outlet just like it currently is?