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TNLady
Plugs fall out of receptacle

Our receptacles will not hold plugs tightly. If the cord is moved in the slightest the item that's plugged in loses power and at times the plug will completely fall out of receptacle. Any help or suggestions will be much appreciated!

Thanks,
TNLady

djohns
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

Replace the receptacles . Cheap and easy fix .

canuk
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

If all the plugs don't stay in then sounds like it's time to replace the receptacles.

canuk
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

Oops ... duplicating post ... slow typing.:o

djohns
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

Hey , " great minds " .... :cool:

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

And don't buy 98 cent receptacles.

Jack

TNLady
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

Thanks for the answer to my quandry. The contractor must have used really cheap receptacles, the house is only 5 yrs old.

Thanks Again,
TNLady

BigWalt
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

And don't buy 98 cent receptacles.

Jack

May I ask you why?

Also which receptacles should we be using, 10 amp or 20 amp?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle
BigWalt wrote:

May I ask you why?

Also which receptacles should we be using, 10 amp or 20 amp?

The cheaper the receptacle the thiner the copper spring contacts. the thinner they are the faster they loose tension.

Use 15 amp receptacles if you have 14 ga. wire, and 20 amp receptacles if you have 12 ga. wire.
And always connect wire to screws rather than the plug in stab connections.

Jack

TNLady
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

How can I tell which gauge wire I have?

TNLady

canuk
Re: Plugs fall out of receptacle

The rating will be marked on the receptacle ..... just purchase the same rating.

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