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Stephi

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Hi, I'm not an electrician or anything of the sort but I'm hoping to just get some quick advice. In moving my bed I accidentally somehow pulled the faceplate of a plug socket loose so now it's at an angle.


I won't be able to get in touch with my landlord until the morning so I'm hoping someone can advise me as to wether it's safe or if I should turn everything off at the fuse box for the night.
Apologies if I'm in the wrong place and thanks.
 

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Just try not to touch it until your landlord fixes it should be a simple task of just screwing it back, unless of course you have broken the fixing lug off in the back box , either way a simple repair, don't let your landlord fob you off with a hike up price. No nee to switch your fuse box off. Just leave it alone the Electrician should be able to fix that in 30mins max
 

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tell the landlord that the back box should be buried in the wall so that will not happen again when moving the bed .
 
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The socket will need to be replaced as you have broken the part that the screw holds in the socket front and it is potentially dangerous until that is done. When I say dangerous, I mean if anything touched the live parts in the now exposed back of the socket, well I am sure you understand what might happen. Just (as stated above) give it a wide berth.
 
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Stephi

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Thanks everyone, my landlord's handyman is coming over later to check it out and fix it, probably an overreaction on my part but I was worried about it starting a fire or something. Thanks again for the help!
 

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Looks like it has been unscrewed and left loose to me. No wonder it moved when you caught it.

As above, let landlord know and don't touch it. Have you got kids or pets in the house?
 

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Handyman.. Landlords :rolleyes:

They all seem to know a guy who can do it all, for such a reasonable price too!
 

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Handyman.. Landlords :rolleyes:

They all seem to know a guy who can do it all, for such a reasonable price too!
They do.
My mate rents a house out and he has a handyman to sort his electrics etc. out ... me.
Payment in ale :)
 
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They do.
My mate rents a house out and he has a handyman to sort his electrics etc. out ... me.
Payment in ale :)
I have similar friends...one,got me to put new bearings on the beater drum,of his 40 year old Claas combine harvester...

...i got paid in pork :rolleyes: 3/4 of a butchered pig,in fact...
 

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If we're trying to outdo each other, my mate's got a space rocket and he wanted me to change the bit that makes it go into space. He paid me in NASA grade rocket fuel which I use to start my barbeque. Which is made of titanium left over from when they made the space shuttle.
 

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I have similar friends...one,got me to put new bearings on the beater drum,of his 40 year old Claas combine harvester...

...i got paid in pork :rolleyes: 3/4 of a butchered pig,in fact...
I'm going to brush up on old Claas combine harvester electrics.
Does he do sausages as well?
:D
 
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If we're trying to outdo each other, my mate's got a space rocket and he wanted me to change the bit that makes it go into space. He paid me in NASA grade rocket fuel which I use to start my barbeque. Which is made of titanium left over from when they made the space shuttle.
All that sounds very standard...me pals in Elland, knit,using two unicorns ;)
 

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If we're trying to outdo each other, my mate's got a space rocket and he wanted me to change the bit that makes it go into space. He paid me in NASA grade rocket fuel which I use to start my barbeque. Which is made of titanium left over from when they made the space shuttle.
I know , I helped you light it.
 

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This thread has a 9/10 from me...more fun than Brexit :rolleyes:
 

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This thread has a 9/10 from me...more fun than Brexit :rolleyes:
Actually having a loose plug would be more fun than brexit.

Sadly brexit is being overseen by a lady that by all evidence, seems to have an overly tight plug.
 

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she'd crack it,

In fact is that what that wired walk shes got is about?
Let's just say I feel that as we 'go it alone' a ballsy, imaginative thinker with an interesting life story might be a bit more useful than an uptight, sour fac...

Never mind. Don't want to derail a thread with my political opinions :)
 

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Maybe it was the, now infamous, loose plug that fell out on to the damaged socket, maybe..
 

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Maybe it was the, now infamous, loose plug that fell out on to the damaged socket, maybe..
It is interesting that teenagers are supposed to select which subjects they wish to specialise in at school, before the basics of plug>socket are covered. They're actually taught pythagoras theorem by default, ahead of having sufficient knowledge of day to day stuff. Does this pupil need to know which is the nut, and which is the bolt? Nope - not until they have fully appreciated the works of Shakespeare! :rolleyes:

I suppose the theory is that you don't need to know what is what, as you should be sensible and call a professional. But that's not going to be very useful in this case if the 'handyman' rocks up to replace a loose plug and discovers a loose socket!
 
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