My plug socket ?
I had to replace my plug socket because my old socket was rotted and old ever since I moved into this house and it's a very old house so I took out the socket but the screw was rotted and the head broke.off leaving the screw still in and I couldn't get the rest of it out so I just left them sort of there were it's now protruding out is it okay to use it this way I've already plugged things in and it's worked fine I don't want to know could this cause any problems?
- Anonymous4 weeks agoFavorite Answer
it is fine. The electrical box was not stuck deep enough into the wall previously. Don't worry about it. It just "looks" bad. A little DAP smeared over it and then painted and you won't even notice it. Or just ignore it. Probably last YOUR Lifetime. If it works, then that is all you NEED.
35+ year handyman I have seen worse.
- SumDudeLv 74 weeks ago
If a screw is protruding out, grab onto it with vice grips and twist it out. Then reassemble everything with safety in mind.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Looks good to me.
- Aussie DevilLv 54 weeks ago
yes it is OK . seeing unpainted wall does not matter
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- CarsonLv 64 weeks ago
It will take a while, but the wires will eventually work harden and break. Then you have a problem.
The box should be replaced.
To save that box you'll need to use a small drill bit the same diameter as the broken screw.
Turn off power to that outlet
You may be able to turn the broken screw out.
Start with the driill in forward rotation just a few revolutions, put still in reverse. It may work..
If it won't back out drill the broken screw until it falls out. Replace it with a self tapping screw that's the same size as the drill bit. Replace the outlet and cover.