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Old 10-02-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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I have been changing the color of my switches and receptacles from ivory to white ( my wife's preference). I bought a couple of boxes of the tamper proof receptacles and have been changing them out as the mood strikes me. I recently changed some in the hallway and living room. My wife has threatened divorce. When she does the vacuuming it is extremely hard to get a plug into these things. I tried it and she is right; you have to get the plug exactly square to the slots and push hard. I can see older people really having a problem.

Anyone getting complaints about these things? Any brands better than others? ( I have Pass & Seymour)

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Old 10-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Yes, that specific issue has been a problem since I started installing them 2 years ago. You aren't alone in your complaints.

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Yes they are designed so that both the prongs have to be pushed in to the plug at the same time.

I love them also; they cost more and make me want to use a finger on the blade when I plug something in (shock).
I wounder if they are ADA approved?
More fun is to find the water resistant tamper proof that is needed for anything with in 6' of water and basements.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #4
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I also hate these things. The good news is, they are in the code now, so they are here to stay! Oh wait... thats not good news.
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Yes they are designed so that both the prongs have to be pushed in to the plug at the same time.

I love them also; they cost more and make me want to use a finger on the blade when I plug something in (shock).
I wounder if they are ADA approved?
More fun is to find the water resistant tamper proof that is needed for anything with in 6' of water and basements.
I think you mean weather resistant tamper proof. They are not needed within 6' of a basin or a basement. Just plain old gfci protection needed there. On another note tamper proof suck. Just wait until the gates quit working.
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I think you mean weather resistant tamper proof. They are not needed within 6' of a basin or a basement. Just plain old gfci protection needed there.
Sorry for the bad info.
It must be a local thing or a large headed inspector.
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Sorry for the bad info.
It must be a local thing or a large headed inspector.
I would probably go with the inspector idea. They can be some stubborn people.
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I do my best to only ask how to fix it to code and is there a better way. I play there game because it cost me less in the long run.
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I do my best to only ask how to fix it to code and is there a better way. I play there game because it cost me less in the long run.
By playing there game, you are just empowering their lack of knoweldge.
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thanks for the heads up. i thought of getting them for swapping out, but having people frustrated ( and potentially jamming the plug in or hammering on it) and possibly injuring themselves, sounds counter intuitive.

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