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Introduction

These switched-outlet powerstrips are expensive. Over time the rocker switches can become frozen, usually due to not being used for a while. Also, the better powerstrips have spring-loaded covers over the plug insert holes which can also seize up. I decided to see if I could fix it rather than replace it.

Parts

No parts required.

This is a powerstrip used in Australia but the principle should be the same everywhere
  • This is a powerstrip used in Australia but the principle should be the same everywhere

Remove the two screws securing the back plate.
  • Remove the two screws securing the back plate.

After removing the backplate, remove the four screws that secures the internal assembly to the box.
  • After removing the backplate, remove the four screws that secures the internal assembly to the box.

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The disassembled powerstrip.  The rocker switches are in the section removed from the box.  In the box, there are spring-loaded covers where the appliance power plugs are inserted.  These covers prevent dirt entering the box.
  • The disassembled powerstrip. The rocker switches are in the section removed from the box. In the box, there are spring-loaded covers where the appliance power plugs are inserted. These covers prevent dirt entering the box.

Spray a very small amount of WD40 into the rocker mechanism of each switch.  Then manipulate the switches until they move freely.
  • Spray a very small amount of WD40 into the rocker mechanism of each switch. Then manipulate the switches until they move freely.

Each cover plate has a small spring, these can be rusty which will prevent the covers moving, thereby preventing the insertion of an appliance plug.
  • Each cover plate has a small spring, these can be rusty which will prevent the covers moving, thereby preventing the insertion of an appliance plug.

Spray a small amount of WD40 onto the springs, then manipulate the covers until they move freely.
  • Spray a small amount of WD40 onto the springs, then manipulate the covers until they move freely.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Susan Davies

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