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Old 11-18-2012, 03:08 PM   #21
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Wow, the side view looking at the screw looks like the jacket was still on the wire and looks like its outside of the clamp.
Yeah, it sorta does, doesn't it? Hard to say if that's what it is or if it's just really charred there.

Point being though, yes, use the strip gauge on the back of the connector and ensure to get all the wire strands but no insulation in the clamp.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:37 PM   #22
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I did use the strip gauge. It's char.

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:17 AM   #23
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Ok, dismantled it and here's what we have. I do believe i will switch to solid core when I put the new receptacle in. Thanks for the heads up. I have a ton of it lying around, so should be an easy fix.
I was wrong!!

That isn't the kind of connection I was picturing when I was talking about solid vs. stranded wire. That one probably would be better with stranded.

Still, the problem looks to be the same.. As a rule, it is important for connections to be tight (with lots of metal-metal contact). And as a previous poster said, I also like to use a flat screwdriver to crank the screws down as tight as I can.
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