Originally Posted by bud16415
Some threads are so much fun the OPís 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.
Shouldnít 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.)