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  • Writer's pictureCid Herlein

Electrical Screws

Using proper electrical cover screws is crucial for ensuring safety and compliance with electrical codes. Pointed screws may seem like a quick fix, but they can pose serious risks. Here's why:


1. **Safety Hazard:** Pointed screws can pierce through insulation on wires, leading to exposed conductors. This increases the risk of electrical shorts, sparks, and potentially fires.


2. **Code Compliance:** Electrical codes mandate specific types of screws for electrical panels to prevent hazards. Using the wrong screws could result in code violations and failed inspections.


3. **Insulation Damage:** Piercing insulation compromises the integrity of the wiring system, potentially causing malfunctions or failures over time.


4. **Professionalism:** Using the correct screws demonstrates attention to detail and adherence to best practices, essential qualities in electrical work.


5. **Liability:** If an electrical incident occurs due to the use of incorrect screws, liability could fall on the installer or property owner.


In summary, investing in proper electrical cover screws is a small step that greatly enhances safety, compliance, and peace of mind. It's always worth doing things the right way in matters of electrical safety.

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