DIY - 4-Gang power socket - wall mount option

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  1. WeegyAVLover

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    Hi All,

    Got a power brick that I want to attach to the wall. At the rear it has 2 "+" looking holes so you can mount it on the wall however when I was doing this one of "+" broke quite badly and now I cannot get it to stay on the wall.

    I am wondering if the more innovative AVF-ers have any solutions I could try - with "buy a new one" not being one of those suggestions :)

    Col
     
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    Put a washer over it? If I'm picking you up right, the + has cracked or otherwise opened so the screw can't hold it in place and just slips past it? If so, place a nice fat washer onto the screw and it will spread the load and hopefully hold it in place. I've done similar on several things in the past.
     
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    Depending on the construction of it, could you seperate the front and back of the 4-way block, and then screw the rear part to the wall (using a washer as per kav's suggestion) then clip/ screw the front back onto the now wall-mounted rear part?
    I'm sure that if you can do this, I don't need to tell you to make sure that the 4-way is not plugged into the mains when you do it do I? ;)

    The only other option that I can think of off the top of my head would be double sided velcro tape (i.e the hook and eye strips of the velcro have an adhesive on their respective other sides). It's quite useful stuff for light-weight use, but I'm not sure if you could use it on this little job...
     
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    Buy a new one. It's not like they cost a lot.
     
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    One of my favourite 'military-isms' that I heard when in the army was 'RTFQ'.

    It stands for Read The Question. For the sharp-eyed among you, you may have noticed that I missed out what the 'F' stands for...
     
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    yeah, a velcro like solution as mention above - or perhaps even those sticky pads you can buy? - where you peel off the back and both sides are sticky?
     
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    He's got a point though - they are pretty cheap. Anyway maybe it's for a shed or something where its cosmetic condition doesn't matter, you could Araldite it to a piece of timber and screw that the wall. But if you have to buy glue, it may be half way to buying a new one.
    Think either of the other suggestions may work. Guess it's what you have lying around really.
     
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    Have you got the bits of plastic that made up the +? Can you not glue them back on with superglue and then carry on as before?

    Also, was the broken + at the end with or without the cable from the plug? If it is the cable end then use a cable tidy clip, or screw a cable tie to the wall, and use the cable itself as a mounting point.
     
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    fair enough guys I thought someone might know of a cheap clamp that would fit over it without interfering with connecting plugs to it.

    The type I have is an enclosed unit so you cannot unscrew it unfortunately or I would have done that as a work around.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    how about some 6 inch nails?
     
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    Halfords sell Velcro that is weight rated eg can hold 5kg etc, its bloody sticky too!
     
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    I read the flipping question.

    Hence, "buy a new one. It's not like they cost a lot."

    Amazon sell them for less than ₤4. Really is it worth the hassle trying to bodge it?

    Also if you have ever seen inside them they tend to have a long live bar inside.

    I am a little concerned someone might come up with an idea involving new holes and a screw touching the bar.
     
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    Just highlighted it again, in case you missed it the first time ;)

    If I'd said, I want advice on a new car, but it absolutely can't be a Ford, I wouldn't want someone saying "Buy a Ford, it's cheap"... The OP specifically asked for not buying a new one to be one of the suggestions, then you suggest it. You then get the hump when it's pointed out to you!

    Oh, and the 'f' doesn't stand for 'flipping' ;)
     
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    I used to be an electrician and 14th and 15th edition qualified. I was concerned with the safety angle whether the OP wanted it or not so flip off. ;)
     
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    But you should always expect it, and it will almost always happen :laugh:

    A bit like saying you have a maximum budget of £500 and being told what you can get for "not much more than double that".
     

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