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. These wall plates are designed in different ways where there can be a single hole up 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. Other than purchasing wall units, one can request the manufacturer to make 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. The wall plate covers are usually made using a variety of materials depending on the choice of a person including brass, aluminum, copper, bronze, plastic, wood, porcelain, steel, ceramic and any other suitable material. The choice of any material used in manufacturing the wall plates depends on the environment it will be operating, its application as well as the aesthetics of any given environment.
There are a variety of wall plates depending on how they are to be used including 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. 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 are some other devices that can be used instead of wall plate covers to enhance safety.
Wall plate covers usually 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.