GFCI Outlet Sidewire vs Backwire
I've always been told that it is dangerous to backwire an outlet. The best way of wiring an outlet was to bend the wire in a hook and screw it on instead of using the backwire connections. I've wired up four GFCI outlets, and I've noticed how hard it is to wrap the wire around the screw. The screws have a tendency to slide back in and not stay out like they do with a normal $.50 outlet. Because of this issue, it has often taken me an hour just to wire up one GFCI. Recently, I've read that GFCIs are actually designed for backwiring instead of hooking the wire around the screw. The directions to the ones I have used show the GFCI backwired instead of sidewired. I have always assumed that sidewiring was still much better. Is it wrong to sidewire a GFCI?