06:24PM | 08/31/01
Member Since: 08/30/01
2 lifetime posts
We just moved into a used home and I want to replace the light switch plates and plug plates (because they were incredibly used/dirty). There were a few plates that the screws were 'frozen' and won't unscrew.

How do I remove the screws? Any ideas?

Thanks - Tracy


09:15PM | 08/31/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Try this...take an adjustable wrench and tighten it around the the flat blade part of the screw driver so you still have room to put head to screw.Use the wrench for extra leverage.You can also try channel lock pliers around the handle of the screwdriver.If you still need help,write back.

[This message has been edited by Matches (edited September 01, 2001).]


05:49AM | 09/05/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If the plates are plastic, just break them. Then you can easily get a pair of pliers on the head of the screw and remove it.

If not plastic and the screws are frozen to the plates, a little liquid wrench should help. If frozen to the threads under the plates, it won't.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited September 05, 2001).]



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Having settled on a shape for the faucet, you must next decide on a finish. While polished chrome and brass are perennial ... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon