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Old 03-13-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Appliance Plugs

Is there a method or a gadget that will help keep an appliance plugged in? Every few months our microwave plug falls out and I have to disassemble the spice rack in order to get to the outlet, so that I can plug it back in. Iíve tried bending the plug prongs outward to help keep it in, but it eventually falls out again.

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That usually means that it's time to replace the outlet. Tension comes from the outlet not from the angle on the plug blades. Most often see this on outlets that see heavy use but can happen anywhere.
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x2 on replacing outlet. You can also find a way to secure the cord to the wall close to the outlet to provide some spring tension to hold the cord in place.
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Years ago, on my mothers chest freezer there was a brass strap that secured at the back of the male plug on the cord that fastened to the center screw of the elec receptica cover plate. This prevented the plug from coming loose from the wall due to vibration of the freezers motor. Phone an elec parts store, they may have one. If not, You may be able to fabricate one from wire to sheet metal.
OR put a glob of Silicone on the sides of the plug to the plastic face plate of the plug. Clean both surfaces with acetone first to remove oils.
OR using a small clamp (shaped like ? mark) to secure the cord to the wall may immobilize the plug.
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Here is one.
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A nylon "P" wire holder will work with one screw.
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Most likely the socket has at one point become overheated and no longer is providing the tension to hold the plug in place. Definitely time to replace the socket. Although you can rig something up to hold the plug in place, you still have a damaged socket that could overheat and cause further damage. A new socket is cheap and solves your tension problem as well as avoiding a potential fire.
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Think of it this way - if there's not enough pressure on the plug blades (from the outlet) to hold it in place, then it's probably not getting good enough contact for a low-resistance connection. Replace the outlet.
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Anything other than replacing the receptacle is just a band-aid to hide the real solution.
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Someone beat me to it...your outlet is toast.

Likely not good to begin with.

Buy a good one to replace it.

Test for fit at the store with an extension cord there.

Look for one with a good grip.

Next look at your cord.

If the blades are solid nothjng to do but if you look close and it looks like it is laminated or has a line on the edge of tge blade then they can be expanded for better fit.

Carefully push point of sharp knife into the line and spread out the blade.

They should have a small gap and spring feel so they grip the socket but over time they get flat and compound the loose socket.

Check your cord first but your outlet likely should be replaced.

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Thanks everyone, I'll be replacing the outlet.

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Thanks everyone, I'll be replacing the outlet.

Craig
Good call. I just replaced our micro/conv. oven and when I pulled the plug, the receptacle was not only loose, it had a burnt contact. Replaced with a household unit. I guess the cheap one that was installed could not handle the higher amperage.
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A friends 90s era unit has outlets not fit for much installed, this was discovered whikle doing other work so outets also went in.

When good ones are about a buck each and darn good ones are less than 3 bucks it is hard to imagine the reasoning to save there.

Our 89 cc has single outlets for the microwave and midship tv.

Hd outlets but only singles...microwave outlet replaced with one with a switch so we can turn the outlet off instead of unplugging the mw.
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Hd outlets but only singles...microwave outlet replaced with one with a switch so we can turn the outlet off instead of unplugging the mw.
Why do (did) you unplug the microwave?
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