I have found a few posts on Breaktime that touch on this subject indirectly, but I wanted to get more specific input.
I am building my own workshop. I am installing electrical now. I got a great deal on stranded wire (#12 THHN). The outlets are surface mounted metal boxes with 3/4" EMT between. Stranded wire for hot, Neutral, and Ground run from box to box. The wiring is just roughed in right now and getting ready to trim out.
My intentions are to connect the splices at each box with wire nuts and add a pig tail for the receptacles. But how to connect to the receptacle with the stranded wire?
I know I can buy the spec grade outlets with the back connections to handle the stranded wire. However, I have available some Hubbell Spec grade outlets with side screw connections only. Price is really attractive (free is good).
1> Break open the piggy bank and buy the more expensive receptacles
2> Buy some solid wire to make the pig tails for each box and use the side connection receptacles
3> Use crimp terminals with spade/fork tongue ends to connect to the side connection receptacles
Number 3 is what I am thinking right now because I have all the stuff on hand. But my main question is whether crimp terminals are acceptable / good practice for residential. With a proper crimp, is there a concern with electrical performance? I have a good Tyco/Amp ratcheting crimper for PIDG series terminals as well as the typical indent crimping notch on Klein strippers.
Thanks in advance.