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Recall Alert: Liberty Hardware Wall Plates Can Short-Circuit the Outlet

Recall Alert: Liberty Hardware Wall Plates Can Short-Circuit the Outlet

PopularMechanics.com | Timothy Dahl The decorative wall plates can dislodge from the backplate and short-circuit the outlet, posing a risk of electrical shock or fire. Liberty Hardware is recalling 374,000 wall plates and outlet covers based on two reports of short circuits that could potentially cause fires. They happened when the decorative plate dislodged from the back plate and touched an energized, partially released plug. No injuries have been reported but the company is recalling all the affected products. The recalled allen + roth Linden and Brainerd Ironton wall plates have two plates that are attached by hidden fasteners: (1) a backplate that screws...

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The Home Peril That's Hiding in Plain Sight

The Home Peril That's Hiding in Plain Sight

Realtor.com | By Gina Roberts-Grey Electrical outlets and wall plates don’t exactly command a lot of attention. In fact—and we're going out on a limb here—we're guessing you may not even remember the last time you took a second look at your wall plates. The last time you likely thought about them was when you were plugging something in—and it was fleeting. Sadeugra/iStock But as boring as those wall plates may be, you do need to check them regularly to see if they need replacing—or you could be setting yourself up for some very bad news down the road. According to the National Fire Protection...

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Paint the Inside of Light Switch Covers to Simplify Buying More of That Color in the Future

Paint the Inside of Light Switch Covers to Simplify Buying More of That Color in the Future

LifeHacker.com | David Galloway The next time you repaint a room in your home consider painting the inside of your light switch cover with same paint you use on the walls; if you ever need more of that color you can remove the cover and take it in to be matched. You can also keep track of your room colors by applying the label from your paint can or just writing with a Sharpie on a piece of painter's tape the brand, color name, and swatch number, as shown in the photo above and mentioned before by Lifehacker. With many designer...

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