The thing is, the faceplate was held in by two screws, and one of them was so rusted and stripped it wouldn't budge. This takes specialized tools to get rid of, and nothing I bought did the trick. So I had/was acquiring the know-how, but was stymied by the equipment.
Short version? I wound up calling the landlord after all. My pride isn't too hurt, and my feet are grateful.
1. Laurie Anderson - Born, Never Asked
2. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - You'll Never be a Man
3. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley - Save Your Love for Me
4. The Cramps - Surfin' Bird
5. R.E.M. - Old Man Kensey
6. Taj Mahal - Johnny Too Bad
7. Morphine - All Wrong
8. The Clash - (White Man In) The Hammersmith Palais
9. Lower Dens - Lion in Winter, Pt 2
10. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe