"Shelf life" of electrical outlets??

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Old 02-11-11, 01:23 PM
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"Shelf life" of electrical outlets??

As I was cleaning out a closet, I found a box containing 3 unused electrical outlets (receptacles??- the things on the wall into which you insert a plug).

I realized that they were possibly sitting on that shelf since my last electrical project in that room -in 1998!!
Although dusty, they are still in their individual boxes with the cellophane wrappers intact.
My question: are they still good/safe to use?
I can't think of a problem, but I figure, to be safe, ask the experts!
Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 02-11-11, 01:40 PM
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Have you had to replace the ones you installed in 1998?

If not, I wouldn't be concerned about them
 
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Old 02-11-11, 06:51 PM
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The devices do not go bad. However, the new 2011 code will require the usage of tamper-resistant receptacles and the old stock will not be TR rated.
 
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Old 02-11-11, 07:24 PM
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Thanks guys!

Mitch, the ones installed in 1998 are doing fine, no problems.

pcboss; thanks for the info re: tamper resistant.
I presume that the current fixtures are grandfathered??
 
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Old 02-12-11, 06:39 AM
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The devices do not go bad. However, the new 2011 code will require the usage of tamper-resistant receptacles and the old stock will not be TR rated.
Weren't most residential receptacles required to be TR in the 2008 NEC? Has the requirement expanded in 2011 NEC?
 
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Old 02-13-11, 07:32 AM
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Might have CJ, sometimes I forget which change took place when.
 
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