How do I clean an electrical socket?

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Old 05-30-17, 12:03 PM
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How do I clean an electrical socket?

One electrical socket I use often has some black dirt in and around the openings. I'm guessing it's dust that got fried over many years. After shutting off the power, of course, how do I clean the socket--inside the openings?
 
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Old 05-30-17, 12:12 PM
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Assuming you mean a receptacle it makes more sense to just replace it (IMHO).
 
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Old 05-30-17, 12:12 PM
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Clean it with a Q-tip and alcohol.

It's more than likely carbon from the arc that is caused by connecting a device that uses power as soon as it's plugged in.

It may be time to consider a replacement.
 
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Old 05-30-17, 03:13 PM
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Replacement is a much better option. If it is that old the contacts inside might be getting loose and making poor contact which would lead to heat buildup and arcing.
 
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Old 05-31-17, 06:58 AM
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Thanks, ray2047, PJmax, and pcboss. I'll think I'll just replace the receptacle.
 
 

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