One of the switch plate screws keeps popping out from the threaded hole
in the sheet metal ears of an Aube timer switch. The screw (and
threads) are the standard #6-32 size.
Short of replacing the timer (about $40), is there any way to
rethread/retap the hole in the switch so that the switch plate will
I would imagine that electricians run into such a problem quite often
and must have devised many clever solutions...
If you find that you can't re-tap the hole, how about using speed clips for
both holes, and replacing the screws with sheet metal screws? Rough up the
screw heads with some emery cloth, prime them, paint them.....it's a 9 hour
job to fix one small thing. Aren't they all this way?
Oh, there are lots of ways... :)
Epoxy a #6 machine screw nut behind the hole
Peen the hole w/ a flat punch to force material into the center
Burr the threads on the screw a little
Wrap some teflon or even aluminum foil around screw
A tiny touch of JB Weld or other epoxy on the screw threads will do
It will hod tight, but you'd still be able to break the bond if you
needed to replace it.
If you try to re-tap, you will have a hard time matching the screw
head, way more work than is needed.
"Honey, if I don't get this tool, this house could burn to the ground with
you and the kids in it."
It's as easy as that. :-)
LOL -- I would save that excuse for the
multi-hundred dollar tools.... or the equally good "...but look how
much money I've been saving by doing this all myself"
At $12.99, it's just one of those impulse tools -- boy I really want
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