loose outlets


Old 01-06-03, 05:10 AM
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Question loose outlets

We just moved in to a new house (we're renting). Several of the wall outlets are loose (the plugs don't stay put). They're new, or at least look in good shape. Is there anything we can try before deciding to replace them?

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Old 01-06-03, 06:24 AM
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If by loose you mean the plugs won't stay in the outlets, then the best thing is to replace them. As a renter I don't think you are allowed to do electrical work. You could be liable if something happens to next person who moves into the house.
Old 01-06-03, 08:23 AM
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Put a slight bend in the prongs of whatever you are plugging in. For example, take your finger tips and gently pinch the 2 prongs to shorten the distance between them, then plug the item in. If the plug still has a tendency to fall out, the receptacle should probably be replaced.
Old 01-06-03, 09:01 AM
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If they do need to be replaced which in all likelyhood they do, being your a renter take Joed warning seriously without the landlords written consent you can't do any permanent work on a rental property without being held liable if something goes wrong at a later date.
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