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Old 02-29-12, 10:46 AM
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Me needs help from you electrician type folks...again

But this time, it's not such a big problem - I think.


We just painted our place and wanted to replace all the outlet and light switch plates with matching plates of antiqued brass. We found several web sites that sell these in various configurations, including solid, uncut "blank" plates - we're buying one of those to cover a disconnected radio aerial some of you may recall we found in our apartment.

What we Cannot find - anywhere, and yes, we've looked, sent emails to inquire, etc etc - is one of these in brass, or any other design/material:



Doesn't anyone still sell these????

If no one has one of these, would we be best off buying a blank and having a machine shop punch a hole of the proper size within it? We actually need two of these little bad boys.
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you could drill that hole with a hole saw. Cover the blank plate in masking tape and drill away, if you can find a hole saw of the appropriate size. Any machine shop could do this easily.
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Old 02-29-12, 10:59 AM
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That's what I was thinking , J - and we still have the old plate to use as a template.

I was just kinda shocked that this is so hard to find; they still sell single 220v receptacles - so why not the cover plates?
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or you could order this in brass

https://www.levitonproducts.com/catal...95908&pid=1208
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Old 02-29-12, 11:01 AM
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btw, how hard was that? i found it in 5 minutes. you owe me $24
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Old 02-29-12, 11:07 AM
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But this time, it's not such a big problem - I think.


We just painted our place and wanted to replace all the outlet and light switch plates with matching plates of antiqued brass. We found several web sites that sell these in various configurations, including solid, uncut "blank" plates - we're buying one of those to cover a disconnected radio aerial some of you may recall we found in our apartment.

What we Cannot find - anywhere, and yes, we've looked, sent emails to inquire, etc etc - is one of these in brass, or any other design/material:



Doesn't anyone still sell these????

If no one has one of these, would we be best off buying a blank and having a machine shop punch a hole of the proper size within it? We actually need two of these little bad boys.

Any decent electrical supply store will carry them or can find them for you. Sometimes it's best to patronize the brick-and-mortar retailers. ;-)
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Have you checked a brick & mortar establishment? I'm pretty sure our local hardware store has those.
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they still sell single 220v receptacles - so why not the cover plates?
That thing you portrayed in post #1 is not a 220v receptacle...or, if it is, it's not up to code! 110V, 20 amp would be my guess. What are you plugging in to these outlets?
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Sorry, Bob, that is actually not our photo - just grabbed that off the web to illustrate the layout of the plate. We had three such plates - a dedicated 220 line and a dedicated 110 (both situated near windows for ACs) and the afore-mentioned radio aerial.
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That thing you portrayed in post #1 is not a 220v receptacle...or, if it is, it's not up to code! 110V, 20 amp would be my guess. What are you plugging in to these outlets?
Heh, good point. :-) Looks like a NEMA 5-20 T-slot: https://www.stayonline.com/reference-...ght-blade.aspx
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btw, how hard was that? i found it in 5 minutes. you owe me $24
Well, we really wanted antiqued brass finish...but I still appreciate all your hard work - can I pay you in beads?
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So did you follow my link above and order some brass plates or not? Do I have to order them for you to? If so, could you post your address and credit card number in here?
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Any decent electrical supply store will carry them or can find them for you. Sometimes it's best to patronize the brick-and-mortar retailers. ;-)
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Have you checked a brick & mortar establishment? I'm pretty sure our local hardware store has those.
We've only looked at Home depot stores in our area so far....there are a few Mom & Pop B&Ms nearby, tho we looked online b/c we didn't think those stores would have anything but the plain jane white style. (Not to mention, we're buying about 2 dozen plates, at which point a little discount helps). I'll drop by and give them a look.
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Or find an electrical supply store in your town and go there and buy everything from them, one stop service.
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Well, we really wanted antiqued brass finish...but I still appreciate all your hard work - can I pay you in beads?
Go ahead and order it today. By the time you finish in this thread and make up your mind, it will be antique....
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Could you swap out the receptacle for a standard stacked one? Then you could use a normal plate. (A normal fancy one, I mean)
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Can't you just get some brass metalic spray paint and spray paint them all? Might look a little whacka-whacka-puffa-puffa Reuben-tastic, but at least they'd all be the same and probably wouldn't cost as much as buying new covers for everything.
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Or find an electrical supply store in your town and go there and buy everything from them, one stop service.
+1. Who makes the antique brass plates that you have now? It's almost certain that they sell blank plates and they probably sell the exact plate you're looking for. A real supply house will have their catalog.

Important note: There are different hole diameters for round 15A, 20A, & 30A plugs. Make sure you're getting the right size!
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Here we go again.

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I encountered a similar problem with a designer plate that was not available with the correct opening. I bolted the discarded plate to a blank plate through the mounting holes and milled it out with a router and top mounted bearing bit. It took about 10 minutes.
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What kind of outlet is that?? Some Canuck thing eh? Why not replace the SINGLE outlet gig with a double outlet gig and be normal?

You said the outlet was to just cover an old deal so I presume it is not hooked up to anything.
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What kind of outlet is that?? Some Canuck thing eh? Why not replace the SINGLE outlet gig with a double outlet gig and be normal?

You said the outlet was to just cover an old deal so I presume it is not hooked up to anything.
I don't think he's Canadian,just cheap.
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He's a Yankee not a true blue Canuck. Don't try to blame this one on us.
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Just put some furniture in front of it.
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I'd reply with quotes, but I'm a busy man, so the answers to preceding posts are (in no particular order): yes, no, maybe, sex, poop, 220v, 400 watts, sinew, LOL and ahhh, shut yer bloody cake hole!
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