Have ivory switch plates & receptacle plates throughout the house.
Over the years, the paint on the screws on the switch plates wears
off and looks bad. This is probably due to wear when people put
their hands on the whole switch plate instead of only the toggle
part. I have exchanged several with the screws with receptacle
screws (which don't get the wear). But, am out of receptacles to
swap screws with.
I'd like to buy some new screws; checked with hardware store (ACE)
and big box stores. They don't know of any individual screws for
Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
Instead of asking clerks who don't know what their departments have in stock,
just go to one of the stores and look. They have them.
or www.lowes.com, then search for item # 26589
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Clean and dry the screws and stick them into a block of Styrofoam.
Spray paint (Rustoleum is a good paint). Allow 1 day to dry. Use
your thumbnail or a plastic screwdriver to replace them. An
electrical supply house should have them if you would rather purchase
I have purchased screws, either at Lowes or HD. We had old ivory
receptacles and plates, made
uglier from 35 yrs aging. I went throught the paint thing just to
change the plates and have screws to match, with
the ugly receptacles remaining. Then I found the new screws at the
local box store. When we had a couple
of rooms painted, the painter suggested spray painting the receptacles,
which I did. Used my handy Preval sprayer,
as it doesn't have as much overspray as spray cans of Krylong. I made a
template from cardboard to shield the
wall, and stuck a short piece of folded paper into each slot of the plug
to keep paint out. Paper just long enough
I could get hold of it to pull it out and it didn't significantly block
the spray. Worked like a charm. Cheaper than
fooling around replacing the old plugs, and I'm careful when I plug
stuff in not to scratch the paint.
I've bought them at the borg -- no problem. I finally got tired of
messing around though and found that Lowe's (or was it HD?) sells a neat
little kit of assorted electrician's screws in a partitioned plastic
box. I'm really surprised that Ace didn't have them though.
That probably wrapped ugly but you get the idea -- go to Ace's website
and look under electrical -> wall plates.
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