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tlelliott

06:24PM | 08/31/01
Member Since: 08/30/01
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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

Matches

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).]

rpxlpx

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).]

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