Leviton 15A 16252 receptacle body slight loose

globe199December 31, 2009

I've bought a number of the Leviton 16252 receptacles. It's a "commercial-grade" Decora 15A item with the backwire terminals. I use them when replacing back-stabbed receptacles because I'd rather disturb my house's 1978 wiring as little as possible. They're definitely easier to install than having to loop the wire around the terminal.

However, I've noticed that these are built differently than standard residential receptacles. The biggest difference is that the body of the unit is riveted to a one-piece mounting strap, whereas with the cheap ones, the strap is not a continuous piece. The result of this is that it seems like the body is not attached to the strap as securely.

After installing a bunch, I noticed that I can VERY SLIGHTLY move the receptacle body in a way that the plain old residential unit does not move (we're talking 1-2 millimeters at most). This happens especially when unplugging something. I checked out the P&S version at Menard's and it does basically the same thing. Then I looked at the receptacles at my office building after they replaced some -- it's a Hubbell 20A unit from around 1980. Even that moves a TINY bit, though not as much (however, I should mention that the corresponding Leviton 20A 16352 does not move nearly as much as the 15A version).

Am I being overly sensitive? Every item at the store (Home Depot) does this, so I don't have a defective one, per se. Logically there shouldn't be a safety issue here. Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this. Looking at how it's built, the distance between the rivet and the mounting screw explains why the body would move as it does. This distance is greater between the top rivet and the top screw.

Thanks.

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petey_racer

I vote overly sensitive. It's just the way things are mode these days.
Decora is becoming less and less popular, so I can't imagine they are doing very much R&D or updating of the line.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 9:18PM
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globe199

Where have you heard about decora becoming less popular? I'm installing it all over my house. I think the style looks great.

p.s. I should also add that I've noticed non-decora style receptacles doing the same thing I talked about in my first post.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 9:16PM
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petey_racer

I haven't "heard" about it. I am living it. VERY few customers want Decora these days. In fact, as far as my own customers I can only think of one. A couple (guys from NYC) that always want white Decora and screwless plates everywhere in their "weekend" home.
Them, and quite a few of the modular homes I do also have Decora.

IMO Decora has an "80's" look that is dieing out. Don't take it personal.

I haven't used resi grade devices in a while, but I really don't recall having this problem.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 9:32PM
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globe199

In that case, if I wait long enough, Decora will come back in style. I'm already wearing a pair of leggings :p

I was recently at a hotel in San Diego that opened Dec 2008. Everything was Decora.

Yeah. I notice these things.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2010 at 11:46PM
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