New Electrical Duplex Outlets: Recommendations Please !

dug22May 4, 2013

I am in the process of replacing the duplex electrical outlets (15 amp) in my home. I used some cheap outlets from the big box stores a year ago and the "Pin Retention" is just lousy. Anything plugged in won't stay plugged in.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a product, grade or source to use ??

Thanks !!!!

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Look for "CR15" or "BR15" receptacles.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 3:36PM
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The "stab-in"s work about only once at best. You can use the screws on the sides to get a good connection.

If you are going to replace them, just look for the next "grade" up at the big box stores. The ones where you insert from the back but then use the side screws to clamp down on the wire give you good contact (if you aren't good wrapping the wire around the side screw).

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 3:36PM
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Tamper Resistant commercial-grade receptacles would be my
choice since they're now required in most municipalities and
there's little difference in cost. One less gotcha when a
prospective buyer tries to negotiate a sweet deal.

Here is a link that might be useful: 15A-125V NEMA 5-15R

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 5:48PM
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Spec grade will give you better durability over residential grade.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 10:00PM
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