I plugged in an old appliance.
I put two prongs into a three prong switch - never been a problem
I used the appliance just fine.
I went to remove the plug and it will NOT come out!
Any ideas?? I'm stumped as to why this would happen.
Wonder if it welded itself in there somehow, or if dissimilar metals
caused a fun little chemistry experiment in there.
Replacement duplex outlets are cheap enough that your fallback would
be to kill the breaker, break the outlet faceplate, replace the duplex
outlet, cut off the cord end and replace the cord end (paying close
attention to matching the blade conductor to the right end in the
unlikely event such an old appliance has a polarized cord.
Yeah ... right. Here is what you would have to do: Grip the metal part of
the screwdriver with your left hand and ground your feet at the same time.
Guess what? It still would not work in 9999 out of 10000 tries.
You'd rather post criticisms than post solutions. Typical these days.
Just go away.
Better yet, Plonk.
On Tue, 2 Jan 2007 18:14:54 -0500, "Charles Schuler"
Even if you are right, those odds are not good enough when you are
giving advice to someone else. When turning off the power could make
the odds zero.
A, you didn't tell him not to hold the metal part of the screwdriver.
B, you didn't tell him there must be an insulated handle. He might
decide to use a tire iron because it is longer.
C, he might use a screwdriver with an insulated handle and then grip
the metal while struggling.
D, his other *hand* could easily touch something, not just his feet.
E, read the paper, watch the news and you'll see stories of people
killed by electricity, some doing no more than this guy would.
I can see omitting telling him to turn off the fuse, but resisting
twice when someone tells you to include it!
I assumed that was commonly understood. How much detail is reasonable?
Should I have also written: "Put on your shoes before going to the panel
because you could tramp on a sharp object?" Posters here know some basics.
Also, posters know that free advice is worth what it costs. Give the OP
some credit, you cretin. I did not say that the power should NOT be turned
Wow, you are really groping and grasping here. You are well beyond assinine
with the above divel.
How the heck can I include it when it was already posted?
Your obnoxious ilk is so typical on Usenet these days. You have no answers,
or helpful information, but you are replete with criticism for those trying
to help. Jackass, indeed. Cretin.
On Thu, 4 Jan 2007 16:09:11 -0500, "Charles Schuler"
I wanted you and others to know that someone agreed with CJT.
I think "piling on" is a football term. Yeah, here it is:
"About Football Glossary - Piling On" From James Alder,
Definition: An illegal play where several players jump on the player
with the ball after he's been tackled.
But I don't think you felt that you had been tackled yet. I think as
long as only CJT disagreed with you , you may well have viewed the
contest as a tie. So I wasn't piling on. I was assisting in the
I once made the mistake of telling a mechanic - don't worry - it can go
in only 1 way (on a multi-pin connector). He proved me wrong. Is it a
normal plug one small side and one larger side (polarized)? Did someone
force it in the wrong way - normally not possible? If so, turn breaker
off ( plug a light in other part of outlet to make sure of the correct
breaker) as suggested and use a screwdriver to remove. If this is what
happened, you really do need to replace outlet.
Not so much on wall outlets, but on extension cords, I often force the
wide prong into a non-polarized slot. If you tip it first and get it
half way in, then you can tip it back and get it in. You don't have to
worry about it falling out either, like you often do with extension
Using a 2 prong plug in a grounded outlet is fine , happens all the
time in my kitchen with small appliences.
I would turn off breaker , and remove/replace the outlet. Then you can
try a screwdriver to remove the plug, or break the outlet with pliers
and remove the plug or whatever else you can think of to try.
Wiggling the plug up and down may loosen up something if its just stuck.
Plugging it into a switch is always a bad idea, you should have found a
receptical to plug it into.
If this was alt.pets I'd suggest tossing a bucket of water on it...<G>
Jeff (Who says, "Don't try that with electrics.")
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