Switched socket outlets
So, men… now is your chance to shine.
If you haven’t already you are going to get a list of things to do around the house.
It’s time to rise up and release the MultiSkilled Artisan that is inside of you and be a champion.
Here are a few ideas to get you started that will get you going but you must start now, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, it will all pay off ;)#
Inside plug points
Starting from one side of the house, go to each plug point in each room and do the following :
(Some plug point covers will have screws and some you might have to use a screwdriver to flick/unclip the cover from the bottom or side to get to the screws of the plug)
⁃ Remove the cover and place it next to you with the screws
⁃ Place a spirit level on the top side frame of the plug socket and tap to the left or the right ensuring that it is level (You might need to loosen the screws slightly to do this)
⁃ Once level give each screw a slight tighten so that the plug socket is firm and not loose
⁃ If the plug cover is dirty or has paint on it you need to remove the paint from the sides by lightly scraping it with a utility knife and then give it a good wash
⁃ Once dry you can now replace the cover using a spirit lever to make sure that it still level
Ps: if you have a metal cover and the paint is peeling off then write what room it is from on the inside of the cover, remove the flaking paint and give it a good sand. You can then give it a paint ( Spray paint works best)
Pss: Do not over tighten the cover screws as is could crack if it is PVC
Psss: If the cover is stuck because it was painted over, use your utility knife to carefully slice through the paint on all four sides. You can then give the cover a tap with the back of your screwdriver to help crack the paint
Outside plug points
There are some outside plugs that need a few extra steps.
Plugs that are situated in the garden like near the pool, gate motor, the garage might be prone to housing insects (Ants love to place all their dead in an outside plug box)
In this case, they secrete an acid which can corrode the inside of the plug or plug box if it is galvanized. This can also cause moisture to be pulled from the ground or when it rains.
⁃ Follow the same steps as above to remove the cover
⁃ Make sure you turn the electricity off as you are going to go further and remove the plug socket from the plug box by removing the mounting screws
⁃ Using a screwdriver or small paintbrush, remove any small stones, dead insects or dirt
⁃ If the plug box is galvanized and has any signs of corrosion, spray some Q20 to help protect it
⁃ If you found insect activity or saw that the plug box was used as an ant grave, spray a bit of insect repellent making sure it is only in the box and not the plug socket
⁃ Follow the steps above to replace the plug socket and cover and level up