I Need some help identifying and removing an electrical outlet cover in the kitchen.

I removed the middle screw but the cover is still not coming off, no screws on the sides either.

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  • Do you intend on saving this fitting ?
    – Criggie
    Apr 24 '20 at 22:31
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    @Criggie I hope not!
    – Dai
    Apr 24 '20 at 22:52
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    It's a plug-in extender/expander. Behind it is a regular duplex outlet. Remove the center screw and then pry it out. It's possible that corrosion is bad or that the underlying socket is not well-anchored, so it's probably best to shut off the circuit if you have to use more than moderate prying force.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 25 '20 at 16:10
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    It might be that the tiles were added AFTER the socket in which case you may need to carefully chisel out the mortar around the socket Apr 25 '20 at 18:19
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    THAT is the answer, @ConanTheGerbil. This thing ain't coming out w/o a hammer. I'd leave the grout alone until I mutilated the device enough to pull the pieces of the device out; the grout can probably stay, and you prob want it to.
    – Mazura
    Apr 25 '20 at 19:14

Loosen the center screw and then pull (or pry if it's stuck) around the edges. These plug into both outlets and can be fairly tight.

I recommend you shut off power at the service panel before trying this for safety.

  • Was going to use an hammer and chisel, but wanted some perspective. its really tightly fixed Apr 24 '20 at 11:56
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    @DIYonlyonWeekends Avoid hammers and chisels around electrical outlets. stay safe out there.
    – JACK
    Apr 24 '20 at 12:10
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    Given the tiling around it, I wouldn't be surprised if this has been glued in place. +1 to shutting off the power before the adventure begins. Apr 24 '20 at 14:07
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    What is important to realize here is that the thing in question is NOT an outlet cover, it is an outlet multiplier - the cover plate for the duplex outlet under it is typically removed, this device plugs into both sides of that outlet, and this device's screw screws into the outlet cover plate hole underneath. When they have been in place for a while they take a LOT of force to remove, and need to be pulled pretty much straight out since you have 6 prongs of plug engaged with the outlet underneath.
    – Ecnerwal
    Apr 24 '20 at 14:54
  • Given that the tile is apparently installed against it, it may be necessary to cut or break the plastic cover of the thing to free it from the tile. At the very least one should score around the edge with a linoleum knife or some such to attempt to break it loose.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 25 '20 at 22:51

I would shut off the circuit, then test the sockets are all dead (test all, I'm paranoid.)

Then get cleaning with degreaser and warm water.

The upper slope especially looks like it has caked-on grease and oils from cooking, which will have wicked inside the fitting and "glued" the whole thing together.

It might help to use warm air from a hairdryer to soften the congealed grease too.

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    In a kitchen it’s possible this outlet is a split circuit, with separate breakers controlling the top and bottom rows; these should be tied together but may not be, So +1 for testing every outlet.
    – CCTO
    Apr 25 '20 at 14:54
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    The tiles are cut around it. That means there's grout holding it in too. This is going to need to get messy real quick or you're just wasting time.
    – Mazura
    Apr 25 '20 at 19:15
  • You should not apply liquids to this outlet. Even non-water-based liquids risk dragging conductive chemicals into the outlet and causing a short or fire. And there's no point in "cleaning" anyway -- the box you see is plugged in to the duplex outlet behind it, with only the single screw (plus the no-doubt corroded plugs) holding it in place.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 25 '20 at 22:47
  • @HotLicks fair point - time for violence I think !
    – Criggie
    Apr 25 '20 at 23:15

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If you look at the back of this guy there are two 3-prong plugs, spaced to plug into the two outlets in a standard duplex outlet. They are installed by removing the cover plate, plugging in the extender, then inserting the center screw and screwing it into the existing outlet's cover plate screw hole.

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