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Old 05-19-2018, 10:53 AM   #1
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I recently did some wiring in a house and all went smooth with one exception. Customer asked me if I could change an old outlet in a room and I included this in the price. It was an old outlet with no ground but it did have a ground in the box just capped off as I later came to find out.

OK so this is what happened....The outlet had a metal face plate, installed in the baseboard so I figured it would be stuck on by years of being painted in place and it was. No problem just used a utility knife to get it unstuck to the paint. Take out center screw holding outlet in place and pull it off...NOPE. So I then trace around the outlet with the utility knife still not coming off. I know its an old work because its cut in the baseboard so I pull very hard and the whole thing comes out a 1/4 inch and then snaps back into place snugly I might add. I ended up bending metal plate and cutting it with snips and used channel locks, a screwdriver and hammer to basically destroy the outlet and cut off the outlet yokes. Its finally comes off and like lots of old homes had a few inches of wire in box...no problem just splice and pigtail wires to make them longer and install outlet and put in new face plate...DONE
Keep old outlet and face plate to examine later. SOMEONE USED LIQUID NAIL to hold cover in place because the screw holding the face plate was borderline stripped out. They Liquid Nailed the metal plate to the outlet yoke...grrrrr
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This is called service call work. It's like a big bear trap about 1/2 of the time.
The other 1/2 of the time is milk and cookies.
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Don't waste time on that old chit. A Rotozip, Hackzall, hammer or beater driver will get rid of it. An oversized plate will make it pretty.
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