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Old 09-27-2011, 08:14 AM   #1
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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

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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

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

BTW, the correct way is N-S for slotted screws. Ducks and runs for cover.
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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.

BTW, the correct way is N-S for slotted screws. Ducks and runs for cover.
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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
Now, that's a good one

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