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rjniles 09-27-2011 09:14 AM

Switch & receptacle cover screws?
 
In recent years all receptacle & switch terminal screws and device yoke to electrical box screws have been changed from common to Philips head. But cover plates continue to use common screws. Any reason for covers not to use Philips screws? (other than they don't make them or I have never seen them).

Lazy person that I am, I hate to switch drivers when installing a device:jester:

a7ecorsair 09-27-2011 09:21 AM

The way I have it figured out is that those cover screw heads are too small for a #2 Phillips so if they went to Phillips it would have to be a #1 and then being lazy, electricians would only carry a #1 and use it on both sizes of screw heads an end up stripping out the all the #2 heads on the side screws:laughing:

Code05 09-27-2011 09:50 AM

It is funny, I have often wondered this same thing.:)

Jim Port 09-27-2011 10:34 AM

Come on now, this is being done in an effort to cut down on beating dead horses. Having Phillips screws would just start the debate again over which way to orient the screw slots X or N-S. :thumbsup:

BTW, the correct way is N-S for slotted screws. Ducks and runs for cover. :no:

jbfan 09-27-2011 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 736860)
Come on now, this is being done in an effort to cut down on beating dead horses. Having Phillips screws would just start the debate again over which way to orient the screw slots X or N-S. :thumbsup:

BTW, the correct way is N-S for slotted screws. Ducks and runs for cover. :no:

I was asked why I turned my screws N-S, and I told her so the dust woould sldie out of the slot.

She said with a straight face, My house is NOT that dirty, then gave a lilttle smile.

rjniles 09-27-2011 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 736860)
Come on now, this is being done in an effort to cut down on beating dead horses. Having Phillips screws would just start the debate again over which way to orient the screw slots X or N-S. :thumbsup:

:no:

The correct way is if the ground pin is up N-S, if the ground pin is down X. Orient the switch cover screws the same as the receptacle. Not sure if the receptacle is horizontal.:):laughing::whistling2:

kbsparky 09-27-2011 06:24 PM

I'd prefer phillips screws. That way those who are anal about aligning the slots of the cover plate screws would have to find something else to be nit-picky about. :huh:

Speedy Petey 09-27-2011 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a7ecorsair (Post 736837)
The way I have it figured out is that those cover screw heads are too small for a #2 Phillips so if they went to Phillips it would have to be a #1 and then being lazy, electricians would only carry a #1 and use it on both sizes of screw heads an end up stripping out the all the #2 heads on the side screws:laughing:

Not at all. Some devices, like many occ sensors, come with 8-32 #2 phillips head screws. I have even seen some #2 phillips plate screws.

chrisn 09-28-2011 03:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 736901)
I was asked why I turned my screws N-S, and I told her so the dust woould sldie out of the slot.:laughing:

She said with a straight face, My house is NOT that dirty, then gave a lilttle smile.

Now, that's a good one:thumbsup::yes:


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