Need help with outlet replacement

Old 05-12-06, 08:31 AM
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Need help with outlet replacement

Ok, so I decided to take everyone's advice and to take the wires that were backstabbed in my outlets and wrap them around the screws. The only thing is that I have run into a problem with the last outlet. I can not get the outlet off the box. It looks like the person that installed the outlet screwed it in so tight that I cant get it off. When I try to unscrew the screws that mount the outlet to the box, both screws just turn but do not come out of the box. Any ideas on how I can get the outlet off?
Old 05-12-06, 08:44 AM
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Sounds like the screws are stripped. Try this: With the power off, wedge a kitchen butter knife or thin bladed screw driver between the outlet and the box, as close to a screw as possible. Then, while prying the outlet as though you were going to pry it out of the box, use another screwdriver to turn the screw counter clockwise. The screw should hit a good spot and then unscrew completely.

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