Screwless Decorator Wall Plates

I always thought screwless wall plates were not needed in homes unless you didn’t like seeing the screws or had an expensive house and had the money to waste on something that’s just decorative. I know when I was little, I learned very quickly what tools are and how to use them.

My parents have told me stories over the years of the trouble I would cause with a screwdriver. I was taking wall plates off and outlets out of the walls. I was taking door hinge screws or doorknobs off every door in the house. I was a monster when I was three, and loved to take things apart.

Fast-forward 32 years, and now I see what my parents were talking about. My three-year-old is a monster like I was and is starting to take everything apart. Addie took over her brother's toy tools, and now whenever I need to work on something, she has to help. I love that she wants to help, but she is learning what I'm doing and then copying me when she's ready to do something.

I got the New Leviton Smart Dimmer with Alexa built-in (DWVAA), and it came with a screwless wall plate. I didn’t let her see me put the plate on, then asked her to take it off. She hasn’t figured out how to do that yet, so I'm happy.
With the newly learned skills by my daughter, I should reevaluate my stance on screwless wall plates.

Pros
● Child safe design
● Impact resistant
● Easy to install
● Heat & fade resistant
● Polycarbonate thermoplastic
● Gives your home a modern/clean look
● No screws to look at
● 1 to 8 gang box options
● Many color options
● Outlets
● Switches
● Cable, phone, and network jack options

Cons
● · $2 to $30 each

Yes, they do cost a lot more than the old fashion wall plates, but for low-level outlets, they are worth it if you have a smart child that can pick up things very quickly. I think when covers break for my outlets, switches or cable/network boxes I'll change to screwless wall plates.

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My Tips

Save your self some headaches and get water sensors. The old fashion ones still work GREAT, and the new Smart ones work well too if you have battery backup devices hooked you your modem, router, switches, and access point if you have them.

I would stick with the old fashion ones for your primary detection source and put a few smart ones so you can get your alerts when your away.

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