I ordered snug plugs from Amazon to keep plugs in place but they don't work all the time. Can you explain how to use the double-sided tape how and where on the socket do you apply it.

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    Please post a picture (or more) to understand the problem.
    – virolino
    Oct 2, 2020 at 6:36
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    Does this answer your question? How to prevent plugs from falling out of a wall socket? Oct 2, 2020 at 16:45
  • If the snug-plug doesn't work, try flipping it over so the right hand 'flap' goes into the left slot and vise-versa. Look closely and you'll see that one flap of the snug-plug is slightly wider than the other - it's easy to miss. Put the wide flap into the wide slot of the outlet receptacle.
    – Stan
    Nov 17, 2021 at 2:58

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Maybe this isn't hacky enough, but I would replace the old loose receptacle with a newer, better quality one. You could also replace the plug/cord with a grounded 3 prong plug. I've never heard of the foam product, but I've avoided sticking things into power outlets ever since junior high school...


Just replace the outlet! You paid more for them snug plugs, than it cost to buy a new outlet and cover.

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    Not true where I come from. Plugs cost pence, a new socket is a few pounds.
    – Chenmunka
    Aug 24, 2022 at 10:39

Welcome to Lifehacks.

The moderator Chenmunka offered the double-sided tape hack to hold an electrical plug securely in an electrical socket without explaining how to do it.

Here's how:

  • Cut a small piece of the double-sided (foam) tape that will fit between the prongs of the plug.

  • Put one side of the sticky tape on the plug.

  • That done, peel off the back of the double-sided tape so that the exposed sticky back side will stick to the electrical socket wall plate.

  • Push the plug far enough (all the way) into the socket so that the double-sided tape is between the plug and the socket so that the plug becomes stuck onto the plate.

I hope that's helpful.

Good luck.

  • New contributor Billy Goode noted that any use of tape to hold an electrical plug into a wall socket, must only be used when the appliance being plugged in isn't a large current drawing appliance such as a space heater or a power tool. The reason the plug falls out is because the socket itself is worn out. The surfaces could potentially produce a weak/or intermittent contact, increased electrical resistance, heat, and risk of electrical fire. So be careful, Better, call a professional, or at least consult a do-it-yourself electrical book.
    – Stan
    Apr 26, 2022 at 16:33

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