United States Patent 5,763,831


Universal cover plate, cover plate assembly, and related methods

Reissued:  March 1, 2005

Assignee:  TayMac Corporation (Tempe, AZ)

Inventors:  Shotey; Michael (Scottsdale, AZ), Maltby; Edgar W. (Mesa, AZ), McConnaughy; Mike (Glendale, AZ)

Abstract:  A method and apparatus for converting a universal cover plate for an electrical outlet to any desired specific cover plate. The apparatus includes a base having removable tabs and hinges. To create the desired cover plate, the appropriate tabs are removed to leave apertures that accommodate the desired standard electrical outlet such as a light switch or socket. An optional cover may have removable hinges that allow the cover to open along more than one axis. To make a base that fits with a lid hinged on its longer side, hinges on the shorter side are removed, by prying, sawing, or cutting. Alternatively, to make a base that fits a lid hinged on the shorter side of the base, hinges on the longer side are removed. If a base with no cover is desired, all the hinges may be removed.