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The Campaign to Blonde-Proof the World

WHY are the screws on outlet covers flat-heads that almost perfectly match the openings for the plugs? Don't you think it would make more sense to make the screws Phillips-head so that if you lost your grip and went skidding across the plate you would be that much more LESS likely to jam a metal object into the power outlet? I mean, the flat-head is just about PERFECT to go in there.

No, I didn't get electrocuted, but after the four-billionth time of skidding a screwdriver across an outlet cover after remodeling yet another room, I just started thinking too much.


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Sep. 24th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
You are not implying that you didn'tswitch the electricity completely off before working on an outletcover?
Sep. 25th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
Just to replace the cover? No. I never have.
Sep. 24th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Great. Now I'm going to be afraid to replace any more switch plate covers.
Sep. 25th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
You and me both! Oh, I thought of you and had I not been a bit tipsy (hello, wine tasting tent) and with new puppy, I would have gotten you something from this vendor. I still might :)

There was an artist that does these metal embossed plates in Austin, TX that are FANTASTIC. I got a bronzed triple of charging horses, and painted the rest of the plain wooden outlet covers metallic bronze. Looks great. They had a bunch of Texas stuff, but here is their web site

Sep. 25th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Not only do I use my power screwdriver for removing outlet covers—which usually spins away from the orientation to where it could go in the outlet slot—but it also has an insulated handle.

Besides, if I'm going to be electrocuted, it'll be reaching under the metal-framed bed to (un)plug the cell phone charger and other equipment.
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Wait. I'm lost. Or maybe just blonde.

How can the power screwdriver make a flat-head tip go in an orientation that it wouldn't go in the outlet slot? Twice as it goes around, wouldn't it line up perfectly?
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Right. But it locks in pretty well, and then once I start it up, if it slips off, it will still be rotating, so there'd be a rather short interval of time for it to slide into a slot.
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Gotcha! Now I get it. Makes perfect sense! :)
Sep. 25th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
just yesterday I spotted a neat "toy" which may be useful in a couple places where I have one of those bulky power adapters plugged into the wall: 360 Electrical Outlet. I hear they make great stocking stuffers (for Scott).
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