Submitted by KenSmith on August 7, 2018
I plan to replace a cheap NEMA 14-50 outlet that overheats in one of the pins with the recommended Hubbell HBL9450A receptacle.
When I pulled the old receptacle out I noticed the electrician used 6 AWG stranded wire. The individual wires looked deformed from the stress of the screws. I'm a bit concerned about the connector security if I just screw down the stranded wires to the new receptacle. The last thing I want is a fire caused by a loose connection. Shall I put wire ferrules on the wire before screwing the wires down or it is not a concern at all? I am just a homeowner, not an electrician.