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Old 12-21-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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So much cursing at our home, trying to jam the plug into those new outlets. What can we do? Is there a tool I can make or buy such that you can hammer it in, to make the dam slots relax? Can I pop the top or drill a hole or stick a screwdriver in someplace and defeat whatever is in there? I am not up to replacing all the outlets, what else can be done?

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Old 12-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #2
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I have them in my home, never had a problem with using them. Sounds like you are doing it wrong.

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Old 12-21-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
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I've had them for several years, no problems here either.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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I added them in certain areas where my kids play. At first it was hard for me to plug something in and I thought they were broke, considering that previous times I had no problem. Then one day I plugged right in. I think it all depends on how you line the plug up with the receptacle and give it a little more force then a normal non tamper proof receptacle. The important thing is my kids can't do it.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #5
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They just require some maintenance !
Remove the recepticule, dismantle,
Clean and lube the sliding shutters
Easy stuff !
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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I don't use them much, but I also dislike them. That said, I'll be installing them in my house soon when the kid gets old enough to crawl around and get into trouble.
They are a little annoying to me, but worth the inconvenience for the safety factor.

When I have used them I've found that using a small amount of finesse goes a long way.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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they just require some maintenance !
Remove the recepticule, dismantle,
clean and lube the sliding shutters
easy stuff !
what?!
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I was scratching my head on that disassemble and lube thing too.
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Has to be a Aussie thing.
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Aussie tamper proof outlets use a sliding shutter.
Are the american ones different ?
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I installed these all over my house when I rewired 2 years ago. just have to get used to them.

turned my back for 10 seconds once and 4 year old was trying to insert screwdriver into a receptacle. thank God for TR.
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Make sure that you are putting the prongs in straight and not trying to put the prongs in crooked because the shutters inside will only open if there is pressure on both the hot and neutral side
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I installed these all over my house when I rewired 2 years ago. just have to get used to them.

turned my back for 10 seconds once and 4 year old was trying to insert screwdriver into a receptacle. thank God for TR.
They learn, just like we did growing up.
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They just require some maintenance !
Remove the recepticule, dismantle,
Clean and lube the sliding shutters
Easy stuff !
That's the kind of fix I was looking for. Though it was less helpful to say "Easy stuff!" instead of actually describing how to dismantle, clean and lube. So pretend I am not an electrician - how do you do it?
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Once you disassemble an American TP receptacle, you won't be able to get back together. It's a liability issue. Go straight in several times to loosen it up a bit. See Q #4
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-informati...al-receptacles

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