Why Backstabbed Outlets Are Bad (Are They Safe Or Unsafe?!)

An electrician working on an outlet

You may have heard the term ‘backstabbed’ used when referring to an electrical outlet, but please don’t think someone is trying to be funny or that the wires had a fight and went behind each other’s back to betray the other, it’s not that kind of back-stabbing. Backstabbing wires in an electrical outlet is serious … Read more

Is It OK To Splice/Connect Copper and Aluminum Wire Together?

Various shrink tube connectors and some wire

When it comes down to home wiring, copper and aluminum wires are both popular choices. Traditionally, aluminum wires were used for home wiring. Today, however, copper wiring is becoming more commonly used in home wiring. However, can you splice these different wires together? The National Electrical Code allows for the splicing of copper and aluminum … Read more