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Old 08-12-2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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Replacing a power socket

My 2 gang electric socket was cracked, so I replaced it. I am not very knowledgeable about the electrics, so I just did exactly as wired on the old one. However, when I tried to screw it back to the wall it would not fit.
Eventually I got it to fit on the bottom and one side, but on the top there is a 2mm gap, and on one side there is 1mm gap. Now for my blond question Is it safe to live it as it is and possibly just seal the gap with a bit of bathroom sealant. It works fine and the thought of having to replace that metal box is just a bit much. Any help greatly appreciated.


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Old 08-16-2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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To be honest, your best bet is to have a qualified electrician look at your situation. As far as using bath caulk to seal the gap...maybe not the best idea. Have it looked at first.


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Buy an oversized wallplate to cover the gap, cost you about 2-3$.
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It might be best to get a little help from friend, neighbor or an electrician.

from your post I assume you have replaced a duplex receptacle in a metal 2x4 box?

It sounds like the wires are bunched. With the breaker off...turn them all off...remove the screws that secure the receptacle to the box / gently pull the receptacle out (to straighten the wires). gently bend the wires ( U or S ) shape. gently push receptacle back to the metal box ( keep your bent wires lined up to the rear of the receptacle) until you can install the 6/32 screws at the top and bottom. Tighten screws gong back and forth from top to bottom until almost set. (You can adjust receptacle left or's ok to pry them over a little with a flat head screw driver...until space at sides is even.) Set the screws tight.

turn power back on and test. if good / reinstall cover plate.

IF you have very old cloth covered wires... this is very tricky and you must be very..very gentle. ( the wires will be brittle and want to break)
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