IBEW member Jennifer Smith demonstrates how to make a good connection by using a stranded wire around a screw terminal.

The tools needed for this job tip are a piece of #12 THHN Stranded Wire, a receptacle, a Phillips screwdriver, a pair of wire strippers, and a pair of diagonal cutters.

Step 1 – Use the wire strippers to cut and strip an inch and a half on the wire off.
Step 2 – Twist the wire counterclockwise to tighten it.
Step 3 – Take the stripped wire and wrap it around the screw terminal on the receptacle.
Step 4 – Use the wire strippers to carefully pinch the wire around the screw.
Step 5 – Take the screwdriver and tighten the screw around the wire.

For more helpful tips like this, check out the Job Tips section of our website.


Lonnie Stephenson

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was elected International President in 2015. President Stephenson creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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