Screws for screwing socket cover to back box

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  1. Fallout

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    Hey when screwing in the screws to screw the socket cover to the back box they screw in but don't nip up tight. So I wonder if the threads could be knackered? The back box and sockets are 20 years all the screws are new ones needed to be longer as are tiled behind. Any advice?
     
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    Might be stripped threads, you can buy rethreaders (3.5mm taps) from any wholesaler or screw fix etc, or possibly they might be a bit short, long screws available from same places
     
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    However if the threads are stripped you would need to do something like squash the hole using pliers first.
    If all else fails araldite a 3.5mm nut to the back of the lug.
     
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    Maybe they are older than he thinks and are 4 BA.
     
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    How much are re threaders
     
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    How man y are in each pack of those backbox savers? £5 if you buy 1 pack! christ!
     
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    One.
    They also sell individual 20mm grommets for 30p each.
     
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    What are the grommets?
     
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    Never
    Never Seen one of these before look great!
     
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    Do you just screw the re threading tool in once and the thread should then be OK?
     
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    Round black things that fit into the 20mm holes in the metal backbox, to prevent the cables being damaged.
    Typically about £2 for a box of 100.
     
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    Yes, just make sure it goes through the hole straight and level.
    The same tool can be used to clean up existing threads, as even some new boxes have rather manky threads which don't take screws easily.
     
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    Thanks I don't need them
     
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