It's not often that something in my house scares me.

It's not often that something in my house scares me.

By uthus2000 | uthus2000 | 17 May 2020


The house we live in was built in the '30s and for an 80ish year old house, it's really not in bad shape. Once in a while, however, we'll find something that's really wrong.

We've been living in this house for about a year and a half. Most of the receptacles are badly worn and need to be replaced. I went to replace one in the kitchen this morning and the thing fell apart as I took the face plate off.

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I made sure the power was off and got my keyhole saw to trim the paneling. Whoever paneled this wall simply cut a hole to access the outlet instead of mounting it properly.

I removed the two screws that should be holding it in the box and the grounding strap fell off. That's the long silver bar in the photo.

I grabbed my pliers and coaxed the device out of the box. It completely fell apart.

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This is everything that fell out of the wall. The washers are not so unusual. We use them occasionally as spacers but not in a place where they may be energized.

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I installed the new receptacle and everything checked out. (There's no ground wire in the box so by code I have to install ungrounded devices - two prongs instead of three).

I think that since I've found this I'll go ahead and get a count of how many I need and just go ahead and replace everything. I mean what are the odds that this was the only one in the house in this bad of shape?

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uthus2000
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I'm a beekeeper electrician in a great small town in a terrible state.


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Small town life and observations in the mid-west.

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