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Is my electrical wall plug incompatible with modern child-safety plates?

So I cracked an electrical wall plug plate, and assumed this would be a very simple repair. No such luck! My apartment building is from roughly 1970, and apparently predates the introduction of the "child safety" mechanism (Kinderschultz/protection d'enfants) on the back of the plate. I was able to install a modern plate, but it's not possible to plug something into it without breaking the new part (specifically, the sliding mechanism at the back).

As far as I can tell these modern kid-safe plates are not compatible with my older plug. Can anyone confirm? If they are indeed incompatible, what can I do? The repair itself is extremely simple (the job would take 60 seconds with the right part) so I'm very reluctant to hire an electrician for an on-site job for such a trivial service. Is there a store (I'm in Neuchâtel) that specializes in these things? Can I order one online? Could I find one at a second-hand store or flea market?

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So I cracked an electrical wall plug plate, and assumed this would be a very simple repair. No such luck! My apartment building is from roughly 1970, and apparently predates the introduction of the "child safety" mechanism (Kinderschultz/protection d'enfants) on the back of the plate. I was able to install a modern plate, but it's not possible to plug something into it without breaking the new part (specifically, the sliding mechanism at the back).

As far as I can tell these modern kid-safe plates are not compatible with my older plug. Can anyone confirm? If they are indeed incompatible, what can I do? The repair itself is extremely simple (the job would take 60 seconds with the right part) so I'm very reluctant to hire an electrician for an on-site job for such a trivial service. Is there a store (I'm in Neuchâtel) that specializes in these things? Can I order one online? Could I find one at a second-hand store or flea market?

As always, thanks for any input.
Change the socket on the wall, it's a 2 minute job but turn of the electricity first. Migros DIY / COOP bau & hobby Jumbo will have the part.
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Change the socket on the wall, it's a 2 minute job but turn of the electricity first. Migros DIY / COOP bau & hobby Jumbo will have the part.
Thanks, I was wondering about that. If that's my worst-case scenario that's not so bad as I have a decent amount of DIY experience with wiring/electrical jobs.
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Re: Is my electrical wall plug incompatible with modern child-safety plates?

if possible before removing the old one, take a picture or at least try to remember the cabling inside. Would help installing the new one.

And do not trust to neon screwdrivers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLAJ-keFmpk
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Re: Is my electrical wall plug incompatible with modern child-safety plates?

Take the broken part to this shop and ask their advice, maybe they can sell you a plate?

Call before you go, they might open and close early, and not on open on Saturdays.

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place de la Fontaine 5, 2034 Peseux
Phone 032 730 22 32
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