Broken off outlet cover and exposed wire

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Old 07-20-19, 03:52 PM
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How to replace an old outlet cover that's broken off (lower half), with an exposed wire now uncovered?
I've considered attaching a larger safety outlet cover with electrical tape to secure the old upper half and
joining the lower half with the upper half this way.
 
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Old 07-20-19, 03:58 PM
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Got a picture so we can see what your seeing?
There has to be more to this, most often you just remove the old cover and replace.
 
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Old 07-20-19, 05:43 PM
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If you mean a receptacle cover plate, just buy a new one. They are less then $2.
 
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Old 07-20-19, 10:31 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

A picture would be helpful........ How-to-insert-pictures.
 
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Old 07-21-19, 01:33 PM
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I wish I could post a picture here!! but I have to use the library computer; I don't own a computer.
 
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Old 07-21-19, 06:23 PM
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Are you talking about a cover plate?


If so, you should be able to unscrew it and replace it with a new one.

Or is the receptacle itself (what you actually plug something into) damaged?
 
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Old 07-22-19, 02:22 PM
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Thank you for all the feedback here. I was able to view the process of repair itself, at least. The top area
of the half-broken outlet cover was removed (old type) and viewed inside with a flashlight for the exposed
wiring. The repair guy had a little tool to take care of whatever didn't belong there (why i wouldn't touch
this area, period) before wrapping the intact section with black electrical tape, and then placing a new
outlet (plate?) over this area. So now I can see the outlet slits through the new plate.

It's funny how the new plate was the same size as a safety outlet cover, but that original outlet cover
sure was small!!

bottom line: i wouldn't mess with the exposed wire unless I was a professional.
 
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