Screw hole plastic receptacle box stripped?

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Old 01-30-17, 10:45 AM
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Screw hole plastic receptacle box stripped?

Is there a way to get the screw to stay in in a slightly stripped screw hole on a plastic receptacle?

I tighten the lower screw of the outlet receptacle and as soon as I tighten the top one the bottom pops out.
 
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Are you talking about the device mounting screws in a blue plastic receptacle box? If so, you can use a slightly larger screw. The usual size is 6-32. If you bump up to 8-32 it will hold tightly.

If it's a fiberglass box, you'll need to fill the old hole with jb weld and tap a new screw hole.
 
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If it's a fiberglass box, you'll need to fill the old hole with jb weld and tap a new screw hole.
I think it's just plastic, but it's maybe from the 1970's. It's white. I'll try getting a 8-32.
 
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Stick a toothpick in the hole and then put the screw in.
 
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Thanks guys. I went to HD and got a bag of 8-32's zinc screws and they worked! They JUST fit through the receptacle hole though, but were fine when you screw them through.

QUESTION: What the HECK are those plastic nuts after the screw on a receptacle for?

I've noticed some receptacles (or maybe switches) only come with one. They never stay straight either.
 
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They keep the screw from falling out....Some are only on one side because on self grounding devices, there is a spring wire making contact with one of the screws for grounding and it also holds the screw in place.
 
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