Replacement sockets aren't all that expensive. The odds are
very slight, that you'll get your landlord to replace them.
You may be able to find someone who is skilled with electric
to replace them for you.
From your return adress, are you in the Rochester, NY area?
Nice small city with a black mayor, a fast ferry that goes
no where, and a rapidly shrinking Kodak. I know. I'm in the
Rochester NY area.
Depends on the landlord. The new sockets should be 3-hole, too. I was
ready to start changing sockets in my old home when I realized with a
shock (heh heh) that the existing boxes were 2-wire and the metal boxes
were NOT grounded. That project is still limping along. It's tricky
working behind wallboard.
I'm in Henrietta. The Rochester mayor is a white guy these days, Mayor
Duffy. I think he sold the ferry. Rochester also has a rapidly
shrinking Xerox. But the many "small" companies in the surrounding
areas are growing, in the Victor and Honeoye Falls areas for example.
Yup, Irondequoit. Moved here in November. Lucky for me, the cold doesn't
bother me like most folks.
I was pretty excited about the ferry when I moved here but found out they
stopped it and not for the season.
I guess the Rust Belt is still in the process of re-inventing itself.
There's a couple real hardware in the area. I've been to
Blacks a couple times. Been a while, but when I was there,
they seem like great people. Debbie's Supply in East
Rochester (village of ER) is good. The True Value on Dewey
Ave closed, but the one on Lyell still has good people.
One other option: You can get a 6-outlet adaptor that plugs into a dual
outlet. You remove the existing faceplate, plug in the outlet multiplier,
and afix the new outlet with the screw that formerly held the outlet's
Here's an example:
Oh I get it! You plug something into a loose outlet and then screw it
in place so it doesn't fall out. Don't worry about vibration or
movement of the device's prongs sitting in the loose outlet...as long
as it doesn't fall out, it's OK.
And look! I can now plug six things into a loose outlet while before I
could only do two.
What a great idea!
Doesn't really reduce the fire hazard much. Only removes the constant
flexing from cords getting tugged, or removed/inserted. The crappy
connection between the duplex and six-way (usually just 2 3-ways in same
shell) is still there, and now it can overheat without being extremely
obvious in seconds. I've smoked a six-way before.
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