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BluemanHouston

11:51AM | 01/02/11
Member Since: 01/02/11
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I just bought a house and some of the wall outlets are in need of repair. When I plug something into the outlet it is not snug. Basically if you push in on where the plugs go they go in and out. How do I repair this?

LarryG

04:55PM | 01/02/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
525 lifetime posts
Turn the power off then take the cover plate off.

Now look and see what's not secure. Sometimes the receptical can just be tightened down in the box.

BluemanHouston

09:16PM | 01/02/11
Member Since: 01/02/11
5 lifetime posts
That's not the problem. There was some wood panelling installed over the dry wall, so to bring the face of the outlet out so it's flush with the cover leaves room for the actual outlet to "bounce" I'm wondering if I can just use longer screws and some washers to fill in the space.

LarryG

06:22AM | 01/03/11
Member Since: 07/22/04
525 lifetime posts
They make plastic spacers just for that. You can get them at home depot along with the longer screws.

The reason I suggested taking the plate off and looking at it was because you made it sound like you were unaware of the cause of the issue.

BluemanHouston

09:46AM | 01/03/11
Member Since: 01/02/11
5 lifetime posts
Thanks for the help and suggestin LarryG. Just what I needed.
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