Re: wiring outlets in a chain
I like to use pigtails, and use stranded wire from the wire nut to each receptacle. The stranded wire makes it easier to place the receptacle into the box.
Spend a little more money and get the backwire receptacles where you insert the wire and tighten down the screw (not the "backstab" connectors that use spring pressure to make the connection). Besides being easier to wire, they are also a little more heavy-duty and will last longer.
For the ground, I would pigtail to each receptacle AND a ground screw in the box. This means that on a "quad" receptacle there will be 5 wires in that wire nut, 2 of them solid and 3 stranded. Since wrapping stranded wire around screws doesn't work really well, I attach a crimp spade connector to the stranded ground pigtails to connect under the grounding screws on the receptacles and the boxes.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.