If I have a receptacle that has one prong [of a worthless plug] stuck in
it... can I remove it with pliers safely, or do I have to turn off the power
Don't laugh... I'm an over the hill female who doesn't mind showing her
ignorance. ;) TIA...
It would be much more safe to kill the power to that receptacle.
Plug something like a radio into the other half of the same
receptacle and go kill breakers until the radio turns off. Once
it is off, use a pliers to pull out the broken off plug. If you
cannot remove it, you may need to replace the receptacle.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Thanks so much, I guessed that would be the response. I have a lamp plugged
in the other half... so I'll use that as an indicator, if I can't find one
of my portable radios. Appreciate the quick reply! :)
breaker; however (just for your education) if it is the large part, it is
completely harmless, as it is simply attached at the other end to the
ground. Even the small part is harmless if you use pliers with rubber
999 times out of 1000 electricity is much safer than you might think. But
there is always that 1000th time...
I think you are too generous with those numbers, more like 99 out of 100 I
would think. Its too easy to screw up even if you know what your doing ...
someone could have wired it backwards, screw driver slipped or Murphy
looking over your shoulders.
All the responses have good ideas, but why not just open the main breaker
and be sure? You need to know how to do this to kill all power in your home
and you you need to have a flashlight if one is needed.
I want to thank all of you for the great responses, and I am pretty well
acquainted with my main breaker box. I've been here almost 20 yrs., and
have found my box/circuits to be marked pretty clearly.
I have switched a space heater to that outlet in the past few days, so I
think it will confirm that I've thrown the right switch, without shutting
the whole box off. Also I think I have rubber handled pliers. Just haven't
had time to fool with it yet. :)
Thanks again everyone!
Its an old electrician's trick performed for human safety.
When grabbing anything that might be electrically hot, first
put the other hand in a back pocket. If you don't have a back
pocket, then just grab your ass. This way the accidental flow
of electricity will not flow through your heart.
Any implication beyond electrical concepts is simply
ALWAYS turn off the power to do something like this.
I have seen poorly connected plugs weld themselves into outlets. If
this is the case, it may not come out. On the other hand, sometimes
they just break off too. Outlets cost a dollar, so it would be wise
to replace it if the prong dont easily come out. Of course the
electrician would cost a lot more, but maybe you got a handy friend
who would do it for a nice meal and/or a 6 pack.
Hey, I could use a good meal and a 6 pack....... Where do you live
Dont even think of removing it with the power on !!!
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