That really does sound unsafe. I'd not be happy to work in such a dangerous
location. Are the clippers grounded, at least? Three wire plug?
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Thanks to all who replied.
It's a business, and I don't know what quality receptacle they have. It is a
good idea to try other receptacles to see if it stays. However, I suspect,
like many of you, she won't be able to convince the owner to change out the
receptacles. In fact, I don't think she would even try. Although I do most
electrical work (replace switches, receptacles, etc) at home, I'm not going
to rewire their stuff.
The electrical outlet is right under a counter. Here's a sketch:
The plug doesn't fall out of the receptacle; it was just very loose fitting
before I bent the prongs. In her own words the plug made a "zzz" sound once
in a while and the clipper stopped momentarily. I interpret this to mean
Some of the ideas posted may help. If she doesn't mind an extension cord, I
could try to find a 3-prong extension cord with a firm gripping receptacle
The hospital grade receptacles is a good suggestion, not necessarily to fix
her problem, but a good thing to know in general. I see there are also
hospital grade extension cord, but the plug seems to take up alot of space.
Is there a local chain stores I can walk in to check these out or are they
mail order only?
Another idea is to zip tie a metal ring a foot away from the plug and hang
the ring on a screw-in hook on the wall. The hook would absorb the cord
weight and movements yet it is easy to unplug and move to another station.