When all screws were slotted and everyone had a yanky driver, you used both hands.
Over-torquing is the least of my worries when I'm trying to terminate a wire in a cramped, dark position with only one hand free. Frankly, I find it a pretty lame excuse.sometimes slotted screws are used on purpose so it is difficult to over torque them,
it's easier to get a lot of torque on a robbie or phillips as opposed to slotted
They do make a screw driver for it.Electrical cover plates from day 1 have used slotted screws while all other electrical devices have switched to Philips or Robertson screws. Why?
It would be some much easier if the screwdriver did not cam out so easily. Could use a power screw driver.
That's right up there with ground up or ground down.....We could get a good argument going here; vertical or horizontal?
That Philips / Robertson combo on receptacles has a special tip made by Milwaukee, called an ECX. They work great.I don't like the Philips/Roberson hybrid screws. It works for Roberson but not so much for Philips high chance of slipping out.
Nice! I like the idea of a clip-on cover, and I especially like the paint protector. No removing face plates or taping. I've never seen that for US switches or outlets. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention.(For example, see the "wall switches", pictured here https://www.clipsal.com/products/2000-series )
Since "Clipsal Australia" is now owned by "Schneider Electric", that company easily could introduce such improved products in their other countries of operation, including those in North America.
A side impact of the move from Decora rocker switches from the traditional toggle (besides the cost) was 'fancy covers'. Back when they were trendy, one house we had was full of ceramic cover plates we picked up at fairs and artisan shops, and fancy bronze covers from, I think, Amerock that I really liked. Change houses and we're now in a house with all Decora and I'm not about to change switches (besides, it seems fancy covers are out of style).Nice! I like the idea of a clip-on cover, and I especially like the paint protector. No removing face plates or taping. I've never seen that for US switches or outlets. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention.
At any rate, many US consumers (and I count myself among them) prefer the old-style switches with a protruding toggle. I know that the "Decora" style is trendy, and easy to switch with your elbow, but it just doesn't seem "right" to me. Same for those tiny switches in the link above. Like the position of the screw slot, it's not really important. They all work just as well. We simply like whatever we're used to.