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How To Wire and Install an Outlet...Step #7: Making the Hot Wire Connection
Making the Hot Wire Connection
The black wire (hot) connects to an outlet on the brass-colored terminals. If you were to look at the face of the outlet, this connects to the smaller straight slot of the outlet. Look at how the insulated portion of the wire butts up to the back of the outlet. You should not have bare copper wire showing here for fear that it will short out to the box or another wire. Like the neutral wire, you may have to wrap the wire around the screw on the side.