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Wiring Electrical Outlets & Switches

An electrician's secret for making neat connections quickly and easily

Wire Connection Trick
Illustration by Narda Lebo
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Looping the wires tightly around the screw terminals is crucial when wiring electrical outlets and switches. Here's how electricians make neat connections quickly and easily:

Strip about 2 inches of insulation from the end of the wire. Wrap the bare wire clockwise around the screw and allow the extra length to extend past the terminal. After tightening the screw, bend the excess wire back and forth so it breaks off flush with the screwhead.

Wise Wire Trick
Illustration by Narda Lebo
Wise Wire Trick

Looping the wires tightly around the screw terminals is crucial when wiring electrical outlets and switches. Here's how electricians make neat connections quickly and easily:

Strip about 2 inches of insulation from the end of the wire. Wrap the bare wire clockwise around the screw and allow the extra length to extend past the terminal. After tightening the screw, bend the excess wire back and forth so it breaks off flush with the screwhead.

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