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Old 07-25-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Blank Plate Electrical Outlet - Doing it correctly?


We have an electrical outlet that is behind my son's crib which I want to install a blank plate on so he wont touch it. I was going to:
  • Turn off power to that outlet
  • Unscrew face plate and outlet
  • Unhook wires from outlet
  • Twist Cap each wire individually with yellow or orange each wire (none twisted together)
  • Electrical tape the caps onto the wires to ensure they dont fall off
  • Push the wires back into the box
  • Install blank wall plate
  • Turn power back on


Is this the proper way to do it to ensure no house fires or anything else?

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Several things:

- If you do as you say you will lose power to everything downstream of this receptacle on this circuit. Not good.

- You will all but certainly create a violation by eliminating this receptacle. They are required to be installed at certain intervals. You can't just remove one because it is in a spot you don't like. If the house was wired new for you you could dictate where they go initially.

- Tape WILL NOT keep wire nuts on. If you need tape to keep them on you're doing it wrong.

- Why not just have a tamper-resistant receptacle installed in the kid's room(s)? Actually having them everywhere would solve this problem all around the house.

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Too much work. Either get the plug covers that go into the outlets, or get the covers that screw over the face, and you have to remove, to use the outlet, or change all outlets in the house to TR (Tamper Resistant).

No need to go through all of this trouble. Btw, wire nuts will not just come off, so no need to tape them.
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No. If there is 2 white and 2 black wires on receptacle,you need to tie the matching colors together or lose power down the line.
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Speedy, the OP must be an Engineer, due to they would be the only ones to go through this much for a kid.

How many kids growing up, stuck something in an outlet and survived over the years.

Too many of these new generation of parents want to keep their kids in a protected environment way too much.
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Speedy, the OP must be an Engineer, due to they would be the only ones to go through this much for a kid.

How many kids growing up, stuck something in an outlet and survived over the years.

Too many of these new generation of parents want to keep their kids in a protected environment way too much.
Um.. not the case. I just dont want him playing with it when he is in his crib. Why dont I just give him a metal fork while I am at it.

EDIT: I think I have a Leviton Taper Resistant around. I will just install that.

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He will not be able to reach it from his crib, and just placing te outlet plu-in covers is quicker and take a lot to get them out, than going through the hassle of replacin the outlets wit TR.

Now of course, when he gets to two or three and doing stuff that he shouldn't, always better to be prepared, than not.

You can always take it a step up if you do not already have AFCI breakers in the living room, hall, bedrooms, put those innplace, so if the tyke does try and get something in there, or remove the cover, the breaker will trip, before any harm.
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How many kids growing up, stuck something in an outlet and survived over the years.
I think my parents still have a receptacle in the living room that has black marks from the floral wire in a wedding flower that happened to fit.

Or the creative use of Wrigley's gum wrappers in floor outlets in high school. Leave two well-folded strips sticking up and see whose shoe joins them first for a big arc flash.

Wait... does that help or hurt the conversation?

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Came home from work one day to this. I sent the wife a the picture to which she replied "who did that"? The 3 year old at the time musta been bored and unsupervised at some point. Kinda scary but funny now.
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I think my parents still have a receptacle in the living room that has black marks from the floral wire in a wedding flower that happened to fit.

Or the creative use of Wrigley's gum wrappers in floor outlets in high school. Leave two well-folded strips sticking up and see whose shoe joins them first for a big arc flash.

Wait... does that help or hurt the conversation?
i think you have "issues".
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I think my parents still have a receptacle in the living room that has black marks from the floral wire in a wedding flower that happened to fit.

Or the creative use of Wrigley's gum wrappers in floor outlets in high school. Leave two well-folded strips sticking up and see whose shoe joins them first for a big arc flash.

Wait... does that help or hurt the conversation?
No different than what the guys did in my dad's shop on Johnston Island back in the early 60's. To pass the time on that rock, they would take two metal coffee cans, charge them with a growler. Then when you touch the cans together, they sound like a firecracker going off.
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Came home from work one day to this. I sent the wife a the picture to which she replied "who did that"? The 3 year old at the time musta been bored and unsupervised at some point. Kinda scary but funny now.
Now that's funny right there.
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I think my parents still have a receptacle in the living room that has black marks from the floral wire in a wedding flower that happened to fit.

Or the creative use of Wrigley's gum wrappers in floor outlets in high school. Leave two well-folded strips sticking up and see whose shoe joins them first for a big arc flash.

Wait... does that help or hurt the conversation?
One of the reasons I became an electrician. Can't get a buzz like that from drugs. And it's legal.
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No different than what the guys did in my dad's shop on Johnston Island back in the early 60's. To pass the time on that rock, they would take two metal coffee cans, charge them with a growler. Then when you touch the cans together, they sound like a firecracker going off.
I sometimes charge up motor starting capacitors and leave them lying around the shop. Some people just have to touch everything.
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He will not be able to reach it from his crib, and just placing te outlet plu-in covers is quicker and take a lot to get them out, than going through the hassle of replacin the outlets wit TR.

My daughter is less than 2 yrs. She can reach the outlet from inside her crib. She can also remove plug covers. I'm in the process of replacing our outlets to TR. The existing outlets are 20 yrs old, worn out, and backstabbed anyhow. I'll put in a little bit of hassle to ensure that she doesn't become the high-resistance part of a completed circuit.

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