Switches and electrical receptacles require to be covered on the walls through the use of wall plate covers that can be mounted easily on the wall. The holes in these wall plate covers are made in such a way that there can be a single hole to four holes. The number of holes present will influence the number of devices that are likely to be connected to the switch, socket or the electrical receptacle. It is also possible to request for custom made wall plates where one will give the specifications on the number of holes that will be used for attaching devices to the switch or electrical spectacle. Brass, aluminium, copper, bronze, plastic, wood, porcelain, steel, ceramic and any other suitable material are some of the common materials that are used in making the wall plate covers and one can go for any of the material they desire to use. The environment the wall plate covers will be operating, its application, as well as the aesthetics of any given environment, are some of the factors that usually influence that choice of a suitable material as mention to be used in the manufacture of wall plate covers.
Wall units are quite a number and the type on purchases depending on their purpose such as blank wall plate, blank TV, data jack, cover for duplex outlet, phone jack, plate for toggle switch, decorative, combination as well as screwless wall plate. The purpose of these wall plates is to protect the switches and the electrical receptacles while also providing some decorations on the wall that is likely to cover some wall imperfections while they can contrast or blend in the wall. Screws are usually used in the installation of wall plates. When the wall plates are installed on surfaces that are not structurally strong such as the drywalls and plasters where a mountain bracket is highly recommended to enhance the strength of these attachment points for the wall plate.
The electrical receptacles that are covered by the wall plate cover are devices that allow equipment that requires electricity to operate to be connected to the power supply in a building or any other sites. There are other covers that can be used to enhance safety other than the wall plate covers such as the insulated sleeves, socket apertures that have blocking shutters, recessed sockets, as well as those receptacles that are only made to accept those plugs that are compatible to it and they, also need to be inserted in the recommended correct orientation.
Using the wall plate covers is beneficial in that they prevent exposure of long cables on the wall surface only exposing just a few short wires. These wall plates also enhance the decorations in a building hence making it more beautiful.