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Old 06-11-2014, 10:27 AM  
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With the tip of a small soldering iron you may be able to melt this piece enough so that it gives up the fight but don't heat the spring contacts.



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Power off. Take a paper clip. Straighten it out. Bend a loop in one end to fit your finger and leave the other end sticking out. On the sticking out end put a small hook. try to push the end in along the prong and hook it from the back. Pull out.
....More fun if you leave the power on............................NOT!


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Some threads are so much fun the OP’s problem becomes secondary. The energy expended thinking of a way to get the broken piece out of the outlet could have replaced the outlet 100 times by now.

Shouldn’t this outlet be a GFCI anyway or on a GFCI circuit? Is that level of protection adequate for crumb crunchers or do you still need these safety covers?

If he ever returns he will have a lot of ideas.
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Nothing should be built in so it can not be repaired.

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Some threads are so much fun the OP’s problem becomes secondary. The energy expended thinking of a way to get the broken piece out of the outlet could have replaced the outlet 100 times by now.

Shouldn’t this outlet be a GFCI anyway or on a GFCI circuit? Is that level of protection adequate for crumb crunchers or do you still need these safety covers?

If he ever returns he will have a lot of ideas.
Sorry I haven't written back. The dishwasher's on the same circuit, and the time I have to work on this during the evenings overlaps with the time to get the baby bottles run through. Hoping to get back to it Saturday.

Lots of good suggestions here. Good question as to whether a GFCI on the circuit would provide better protection. Couldn't hurt, and given that all that wiring is in the same island as the sink and dishwasher it probably already should be GFCI.

Yes, as I mentioned in my question, I would much rather replace the outlet. But I would have to take out the sink, disposal, and countertop to get at the power strips, then figure out if it can be fixed or how to fill in the gap in the cabinetry if it can't. The previous homeowner loved to do things like this...cute, but impossible to repair/replace and not up to code. (Overhead lights powered by lamp extension cords taped to the wallboard, vinyl flooring used as tub surround, etc.)
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Test the platic that you have for glue that will give a strong joint (krazy glue, lock tight) put glue on one side of a peice and force it in beside the one in
the outlet, allow to dry and pull it out. Maybe!!

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I tried breaking another prong off of a safely-removed cover and gluing that to the offending prong. Unfortunately, everything I have on hand is ancient, so I'm not getting any bond.

I've had the best luck so far with JoeD's paper clip hook approach. I can get the prong near the front of the outlet, but then it hits the back of the plastic outlet front, as the paper clip also pushes the prong all the way to one side of the slot. If I slip the paper clip out at that point, the prong is right there at the exit, but the slightest touch causes it to slip back.

I need to grab a fresh tube of Krazy Glue. Then I'll try to get something to bond while I've got the hook pulling the prong forward. I just need a little bit of adhesion to first pull the paper clip free, then slide everything else out....I hope.



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