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Old 04-06-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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I am in the process of replacing electrical outlets in my newly purchased home (wife wanted white instead of cream). In the process I have found several that have the hole where the screw goes into the electrical box broken not allowing me the screw the outlet into the box. Without having to replace the electrical box itself, is there a quick fix to be able to screw the outlet into the box?

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Get bigger screws, or get a tap set that is small enough to retap the screw hole.

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If the problem is no threads in j box,
then you can use these -
http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/a...holdennuts.jpg
You can get smaller versions,
but this is the quickest picture I could find.
Auto motive stores should have them.
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Post a picture of one of the affected boxes?
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:31 AM   #6
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JB weld in the holes, or wood filler will give the screws something to grip.
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If the problem is no threads in j box,
then you can use these -
http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/a...holdennuts.jpg
You can get smaller versions,
but this is the quickest picture I could find.
Auto motive stores should have them.
The Pic was too small- Here is a X4 Blowup
That Pic was from an Australian Site
The pictured clips are referred to as Tinnerman Nuts
I used them in my first post-HS job as a trainee aircraft Electrician

http://www.cfi1.com/nuts-steel-sprin...9_17-l-en.html
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Here is a US supplier for 632 spring steel nuts.

Can save a lot of aggravation on stripped boxes.
$14.02/100
Available at Fastenal:
http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...0147953&ucst=t
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Reread the op. Broken screws,not stripped.
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...I have found several that have the hole (where the screw goes into the electrical box) broken not allowing me the screw the outlet into the box. ...
I'm not sure what a broken hole is. Stripped, plugged, missing, .....

It sounds more like a bar as in The Broken Hole....

I keep a 6-32 tap in the toolbox to clean up threads from time to time. Sometimes new boxes come with poorly formed threads and other times older boxes are cross threaded by the previous installer. A few turns with a tap and they are good to go. (I only use metal boxes, I don't use plastic as a personal choice)

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I am in the process of replacing electrical outlets in my newly purchased home (wife wanted white instead of cream). In the process I have found several that have the hole where the screw goes into the electrical box broken not allowing me the screw the outlet into the box. Without having to replace the electrical box itself, is there a quick fix to be able to screw the outlet into the box?
Define "hole... broken". Metal box or plastic?
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Some brands of tan colored boxes have a metal insert at the screw holes. I've had some where the insert spins with the screw and some where the insert is stripped.
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Sorry for the lack of more complete info. The box is plastic (grey, one of the older ones) and the plastic eyelet where the screw would fit into is broken (cracked or just plain broken off) not allowing the screw to catch onto anything. Tried wood filler but did not work.
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Here is a pic. You can see where I attempted to put wood filler to create a catch for the screw, but did not work.
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Plastic box. And the eyelet where the screw would go in to attach the outlet to the box is actually broken (therefore nothing for the screw to catch to).
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