Removing a wall plate screw from an outlet


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Old 07-07-17, 07:34 AM
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Removing a wall plate screw from an outlet

I recently went to replace the old wall plates in a room and one of them refused to come off. I ended up breaking the plate to reveal the screw. Turns out the screw refuses to come out of the outlet. It does feel like there might be a threading issue, as I can sort of feel some kind of give on the screw and it seems to go back to its original position. Outside of replacing the outlet, it there any way to remove the screw?
 
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Old 07-07-17, 07:37 AM
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Put a pair of pliers on it and turn. Worst you can do is break outlet or screw. You can get for a buck or Two.
 
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Old 07-07-17, 07:39 AM
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Figured the quick answer is going to be replace the thing, but I like options.
 
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Old 07-07-17, 07:45 AM
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Even if you get it out of there, you still might need to re-tap the hole or the new screw may suffer the same fate. Tapping/rethreading tool is $10 minimum. New receptacle is much cheaper.
 
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Old 10-18-17, 12:17 PM
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I've seen some pretty durable wall plates on the market now. You should try upgrading to them.
 

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Gary, the question was not about wall plates.
 
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Old 10-31-17, 09:25 AM
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Sorry Ray. I was hoping to help him avoid the problem in the future.
 
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Old 11-02-17, 08:43 AM
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I know this is months old, but just for reference, if you ever have a screw that won't come out with a regular screwdriver, try a longer screwdriver. You can get A LOT more torque with an 18 or 24 inch long driver. And because of that, be careful if using a long driver to put in a screw. It's very easy to over torque and have the screw just start spinning.
 
 

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