Re: Electrical outlet Advice (Wiring for a newb!)
There is TWO black wires (i know these are the hot ones) 2 Ground wires and Two White Wires......My main question to you guys is this...
As long as the black and white wires are on the proper SIDES Does it matter What black wire Goes where? Does a certain black wire HAVE to go to the top screw or bottom screw? Same with the white......Does a certain White Wire HAVE to go to the top or bottom?
This isn't just a matter of both wires in a pair going to the top or bottom together. It is possible that those wires are simply a feed in and a feed out to the next outlet. It is also possible that one of the outlets is switches (i.e. controlled by a light switch) and the other isn't. These could be entirely seperate circuits or they may be tapped into elsewhere in the house. The point there is that there isn't any way of knowing whether it would matter from your description so maybe it matters, maybe it doesn't... You need to figure out which pairs are which and wire them up correctly from there.
Get someone who knows what they are doing to figure it out for you before you burn your house down.
Also the old box is a metal one That Screwed in To the stud on the side,I wanna get one of the new plastic blue ones that Have a screw on the FRONT that clamps into the back of the drywall...Do those work okay? Is that alright to do as long as it fits? Let me know if u can! Thank you.
How the box mounts doesn't matter much in the end. The type with the screw in the front and tabs that clamp it into place are just "old work" boxes that allow you to install it without ripping open the wall. When doing "new work" where the wall studs are exposed the screw in type are used.