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yes there is.....with your fingers or a pair of pliers GENTLY spreaad the prongs on your plug ever so slightly..........either in or out with both .........give it a try if it still has the same problem spread them a little more ..........please let me know.........we should test the outlets for proper voltage too.......but there is no hurry for that
Thank you .............happy hunting
This is Prograde. I do not agree with the other expert. The cords fall out because the outlets are worn. The proper and safe method of repair is to replace the worn outlets.
There are several manufacturers of electrical receptacle tension testers.
It is not acceptable to modify the the prongs on the connectors and can be a fire hazard.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Because it's a rental and since it's a hazard, perhaps the landlord will spring for the replacements...they should. If not and you opt for DIY, the outlets are app $2 each or if you hire a professional, as much as $35-$65 each outlet in some areas.
The difficulty is medium. If you move the wires one at a time, it will keep you out of trouble but its basically, white wires on one side (the silver screwsl and black wires on the other (the brass screws), green or bare if present goes on rhe green screw. By the time you are done you will have the hang of it. If you run into any problems, shoot me a question (and a picture is always helpful). I woyld adk for a little discount on rent if you save him/her this much by DIY.
I do not recommend trying it with power, yes be certain the circuit you are working on is off. Check each outlet with a working table lamp before working on it.
You are very welcome. You can do this. Let me know if you hit a bump in the road. Glad to help.
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I want you to understand that I will provide the simplest, easiest and most affordable solution until I can get a read by our correspondence if we need to go in another direction by the degree of difficulty for you or an alternate resolution ..........if you recall I wanted you to test for proper voltage and connection for each receptacle and we would have gotten to that if someone hadn't been so impetuous
but you are welcome to request either one of us when you next open a subscription page
Thank you it has been a pleasure
It would be better to leave the question open. You can rate my service and close it when you are done & satisfied.
My apologies for the late reply, someone had the question locked and I could not respond. Just let me know if you have any questions
this is a very handy tool to have to run a test on each after being changed
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Thank you for the positive rating and bonus that was nice of you............. I hope the help was good and you were able to make an informed decision..........if you need anything else home improvement wise....... construction…….decorating...... or any kind of repairs etc....... please look for me ......it has been a pleasure