N > We have a house built in 1965 that I'd like to install GFI receptacles
N > in as an added safety precaution for our 15-month old. We have
N > three-prong grounded outlets with copper wiring, but on many of the
N > receptacles I cannot get the outlet cover off (they are metal and
N > there is a center screw). Are these likely just painted on, or did
N > they make a one-piece box and cover. Assuming the former, any
N > suggestions for separating the cover from the receptacle?
More than likely stuck/painted on. (Hate it when people are ao lazy
they can't bother to remove the cover to do a decent job!) Try taking
a razor blade to score the paint around the cover, then prying off --
insert screw driver from bottom so marks won't show. Sometimes
banging one's fist against the cover flexes it enough to break it
loose -- probably won't for a metal cover.
You will probably need only one GFCI per circuit to protect if the
outlets are wired from one to the next - put the GFCI in the first
outlet of the chain.
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