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The old steel Wiremold cover snaps in to the back channel. It would be a real challenge to take apart without doing damage to the Wiremold or the paint. You would need to drive a screwdriver between the cover and the channel and "pry vigorously".

I have never seen that style of outlets, but it would make sense when older homes were updated back in that time period, especially where wall access was limited.

Switched outlets were once a popular item in homes.
 

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If you remove the cover, start at an end. If you can get the end loose, then continue prying along the length of the wireway. All of the layers of paint may be a hindrance, but the cover should come off similar to a tupperware dish. be really careful to not kink the cover- if you plan on reusing it. Someone will need to do paint touch up. Good luck Sir.
 
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