We are updating our daughters room so we got new outlet plugs but when we removed it, it was nothing I have ever seen. This outlet doesn't have the screws on it. The wires plug in kinda like a stereo. We couldn't figure out how to remove the wires and my husband doesn't want to cut the wire. Does anyone know how to take the wires out? I don't know if anyone with know what I am talking about but it is worth a try. Thank you.
BE SURE THE POWER IS TURNED OFF !
This type of device usually has a small hole adjacent to the place where the wires push into it . Push a small brad , awl , ice pick , or something like that into the hole and the wire can be pulled out if it doesn't pop out by itself .
Anytime you plan to go into an outlet box with one of these , replace it . HATE 'EM .
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The conductor termination you describe is sometimes called a "back stab" in trade jargon. Various manufacturers have their registered trade names that vary, and are a little more flattering and are chosen to convey the labor saving nature of the termination.
To remove a conductor that is in a back stab, one looks for a hole or slot right next to conductor. Most of the time, there is a slot. A small narrow blade of a screw driver may be inserted into the slot, straight in, until an internal metal tongue is pushed away from the conductor in the adjacent back stab. The conductor will now easily slide out of the back of the receptacle.
If the back of your old receptacles has holes, not slots, then one uses a thin enough nail, held in the jaws of a plier, or a small vise grip.
Personally, I recommend not reconnecting the wires to the new receptacles by the back stabs. Rather, use the terminal screws on the sides of the new devices.
Also, remember, if you don't already know, that the new receptacles must be "tamper resistant", as required by the 2011 National Electrical Code. There will be a "TR" embossed on the face of the receptacle. Tamper resistant receptacles make it hard to poke an object into the slots of the device, and are the equivalent of childproofing.
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