How to install a commercial receptacle

How to install a commercial receptacle

We’re gonna show how to put together a┬ácommercial receptacle the easy way.

Before we start we should let you know that you should hire a commercial electrician to get this done. Hopefully we have to fish everything behind a steel grate basically in this style of commercial receptacle and in this stuff the code is you always use a 20 amp one. These are a little bit more heavy-duty than what you might see in a house.

What you’re not gonna see on these usually is some little hole at the back where you can just kind of insert the wires and tighten it down. It does get wrapped around the screw what you’ll see though is a little hole.

This thing what you’re gonna see here is you know one side of this a little more complex one side smaller this is what basically corresponds at a green ground. The black wire is always going to be this and then here if you’ll notice these a color-coded one. The white one’s gonna be kind of the brass color that’s what the black wire go. In doing this what you do is you stick the wire in this hole and you’re gonna have a fair amount of it stripped off to get this to go right. Stick it in the hole it don’t fit and then pull it around a screw and then hit that with the impact driver and then that’s what you’ll end up with and it’s gonna be nice and tight.

What a lot of people do is they just want to bend a little sheets hook on that stick it around the screw and tighten it down and yeah that does work but when you stick it in the hole in putting around the screw if something strips out or goes wrong with that screw chances are you’ve still got a relatively good connection right there, so we’ll get a couple of these put together and then go to the next stage a little addendum.

I put one in and then it just to show you how that wire ends up being lose but we’re talking twisting it around and that’s why these things stay relatively tight.
Once you’ve tighten that down what this doesn’t work well with is stranded wire and so for these types of applications when we’re making the pigtails. We really want to make that with solid for a wire on these things. So we’re getting these things hooked up and basically the way it works is you know everything is color-coded with us so you know once the box gets bolted to whatever it’s going to go to here we use self-tapping screws. The screws attaching this to the faceplate on commercial installations has to be all three you know if it’s the do-it-yourselfer at home thing you’re actually in pretty good shape. Just the center one requires a little bit of modification so it fits on these the other thing on a commercial box this is on a store display yes it’s a 4-inch box with only a single wide it gives us plenty of room for these wider longer wires.