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Securing socket plate

  • 05-09-2022 8:15am
    Registered Users Posts: 3,885 ✭✭✭

    Apologies if this answer to this is obvious. I am not even able to correctly describe my issue succinctly enough to get an answer on Google.

    I am changing the power socket in my kitchen. I have the wiring correct, but cannot get the screws on the plate itself into the box behind. There is limited length in the cabling so I can't get a good look.

    I have measured the plate which came off, it is the same depth and the holes align exactly.

    Ideally I would plop the plate on the box, put the screws in and they go straight into the threaded hole. It isn't working that way.

    Is there a technique which I am not aware of?


  • Registered Users Posts: 117 ✭✭GalwayMan74

    Thread is probably stripped by overtighting .

    Try to put them in with out the socket first and see if they go in .

    One trick is to give the lugs a squeeze with a pair of pliers .

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,885 ✭✭✭Terrontress

    Thanks for responding, yeah, they go in fine without the socket. However, there doesn't seem to be a lot of length beyond the wall As if the screw will get two turns before being tight.

    I think a longer screw might be the best option

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,199 ✭✭✭✭Alun

    What also can happen is that sometimes the back box is set deeper into the wall than the standard length screws can reach. Try using the old screws if you still have them or else you can buy packs of longer screws.

    I've been gradually replacing all the sockets in my house, and disconnecting the wiring from the old socket and connecting the new one is the easiest part of it. Most of the time is spent cleaning out all the crap from the back box, repairing the broken bits of plasterboard, and dealing with messed up threads on the back box. I reckon whoever installed them used a sledgehammer to make the holes going by the mess they made of the job.