wiring device mounting screws


what are they? 6-32? I have one recep. in the basement that I was unable to remove from its metal box without snapping one of the mounting screws. I am not quite ready to pull that wall down (I will in a couple years when I'm more settled and get around to remodeling that space) in the meantime I think I will just drill it out and glue a nut behind the tab. But what size nut? My tap/die set and thread gauge is 50 mi. away in my friend's garage :(
I think the girlie is starting to get annoyed at the various half-installed devices hanging out of the walls around the house and I'd like to make the house a little more aesthetically appealing (not to mention safe) before it gets out of control.
thanks,
nate
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Nate Nagel wrote:

They are 6-32.
If I had a tap handy, I'd simply tap it 8-32, or self-tapping screw.
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Go to the local Hardware store and tell the clerk you need a 6 way tap for electrical boxes. It has 3 size taps on one ens and 3 other sizes on the other. If the hole is too big for 6-32 then use the 8-32 tap and so on.
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teshaf wrote:

Second this, very handy. There is a three step version as well, a bit cheaper that has 6-32, 8-32 and 10-32 which is all you really need.
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they were until the last guy stripped them with a wrong replacement.
SIX-IN-ONE TAPPING TOOL Klein 6-In-1 Tapping Tool - Six Thread Sizes 6-32, 8-32, 10-32, 10-24, 12-24 And 1/4-20 - Forms New Threads - Re-Forms Burred Threads - Cleans Out Plaster Obstructions - Mfg... 627-20 300861     1+ $21.97
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7/8" WALLPLATE SCREWS "PKG OF 50" 6-32 x 7/8" Wall Plate Screw "Pkg Of 50" - Ivory LEVITON / 86500-PRT 301272     1-9 $5.69 10+ $5.19
6-32 X 1/2" PLATE SCREW "PKG OF 100" 6-32 x 1/2" Wall Plate Screw "Pkg Of 100" - White 327775     1-2 $3.98 3+ $3.74
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they were until the last guy stripped them with a wrong replacement.
SIX-IN-ONE TAPPING TOOL Klein 6-In-1 Tapping Tool - Six Thread Sizes 6-32, 8-32, 10-32, 10-24, 12-24 And 1/4-20 - Forms New Threads - Re-Forms Burred Threads - Cleans Out Plaster Obstructions - Mfg... 627-20 300861 1+ $21.97
Cost of a #6 or #8 sheet metal screw .015
Savings $21.95
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