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Old 12-13-2020, 08:11 AM   #1
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Wire con installation tool

Newbie here. We took the self contained outlet in our 1994 Sunline trailer apart thinking we would replace it. Now we find out there is a special tool to install this type of outlet and it costs major $$. Anyone have experience with these outlets as we are kind of stuck now. Is there a place to buy used tool? Is it ok to try and just jam the wires in with a flathead?
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Old 12-13-2020, 08:37 AM   #2
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The special tool makes it easier if you are going to do alot of them. I have replaced these in my house and camper using a flat blade screwdriver. You have to do each wire individually, were as the tool will press them all in at once after you have them lined up.
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It can be done with a screwdriver, though not all that easily. I don't care for that style at all. I'd see if I could replace it with a shallow Old Work box, available at most box stores.

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The biggest issue would be the wire length they do not leave a lot of excess wire with the stab in outlets. You may be able to use a standard outlet with rear feed in type. it's going to be close. Good luck!
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