Knockout plugs too tight

mikemrApril 8, 2011

I have a few 1/2" and 1" knockouts to plug in my load center ... bought the push-in style steel knockout plugs but they don't want to snap into the holes and I don't have the room to swing a hammer at them (and don't want to use a hammer even if there were room).

Should I exchange them for the toggle-bolt style or am I missing a trick? Thanks

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brickeyee

Bend the spring fingers in one at a time a small amount.

You can also place a block of wood on the plug, hold the free end, then strike the middle of the block.
A 2x4 about 12 inches long works well.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 3:33PM
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mikemr

Yep that's what I ended up doing, bending the fingers, placing it in the box, and then bending them out again. Pain in the butt but it worked. Thanks for the help.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 9:56PM
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countryboymo

I witnessed the removal of some that are 50lbs each and about 3/4" thick. They had the tabs just like a regular knockout but a sledge hammer is used to gain access.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 11:18AM
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brickeyee

"They had the tabs just like a regular knockout but a sledge hammer is used to gain access."

He is talking about plugs used to fill unused holes when the KO has already been removed.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 1:04PM
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countryboymo

I know brick.. sorry to sidetrack the knockout topic reminded me of seeing the huge boxes and huge knockouts and thought I would share.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 11:15PM
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weedmeister

I dated a knockout once...

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 4:45PM
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normel

I dated a knockout once... was he/she too tight?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 12:16PM
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