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Old 10-28-2018, 01:09 AM   #21
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Replacing the screw would void the listing and labeling as it was assembled in a factory recognized by a NRTL.

So if you do this Vladimir Putin will hunt you down (and he will find you) and strap you naked to a horse and ship you to the gulag in Siberia.

Now its' really cold there, so right about the time your eyeballs freeze and crack like little eggs, you're gonna wish you went to Home Despot and spent .99 cent on a damn receptacle.
I agree with this but think practical. By the time you go out to the truck and find a replacement which probably costs about $0.05 and you already had to pull it to get the screw out, the $1 receptacle is a perfect match, and costs less than the labor burned finding a matching screw. The fact that it's Code and not altering a Listed assembly is a bonus.

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Old 12-10-2018, 06:17 PM   #22
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It's been busy and finally getting back to this thread. Some funny replies here as usual. But in the interest of preventing myself from explaining every detail on my original post, I just for simplicity sake used the screw on a receptacle as an example.

The real scenario goes like this: My older neighbor with a very much older house asked me to help him troubleshoot a broken light switch and light fixture. The switch (which turned out to be the culprit) was broken but a secondary problem ensued when he lost the screw to the very old light fixture which appeared to be brass (I was simply asking if I could just replace it with a zinc coated screw from a hardware store.) He couldn't replace the fixture due to the fact that the wiring for that fixture had only an inch or so of wiring in the box!!! So it really was just hinging on replacing the screw on that fixture because it was the only thing that would fit outside of doing some remodeling.
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Do you have a particular manufacturer you are looking at? I think most of the wiring device mfgs use brass. A Hubbell rep told me once that their screws were beryllium. I think that is a copper/brass alloy and certainly not magnetic.
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Do you have a particular manufacturer you are looking at? I think most of the wiring device mfgs use brass. A Hubbell rep told me once that their screws were beryllium. I think that is a copper/brass alloy and certainly not magnetic.
Spec grade tend to be brass or beryllium screws and the less grade tend to be just plated (colored) steel screws.
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