Replace a light switch
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Level of difficulty: Easy
Estimated time taken: 15 minutes
- Flat head and Phillips screwdriver
- Needle nose pliers
- Electrical tester
- New light switch
Step 1:Turn the power off from the breaker
Step 2:Remove faceplate
- Using a flat head screwdriver, unscrew the two screws above and below the switch.
- Pull face plate off.
Step 3: Test the electricity
- Using your electrical tester, test the switch to ensure that you flipped the correct breaker and no electricity is coming to the wire.
Step 4:Remove switch
- Undo two screws both above and below the switch.
- Slowly pull out the switch but do not pull too far out as it still has the wires connected to it.
- There should be two black wires, and one bare copper wire.
- Undo the screws holding these wires on just enough that the wires come free.
- Discard your old switch.
Step 4:Attach new switch
- Attach the wires to the new switch the same way and in the same places that they were in on the old switch.
- Ensure the wires are in the same hook shape as when you took them off. If not, use your needle nose pliers to correct this.
- The two black wires go to the two connectors on, usually, the right side.
- The bare copper wire attaches to the lone connector on the opposite side of the other two connectors.
- Tighten the securing screws and make sure the wires have snug connections
- Align the switch with the holes on the wall and put the screws in and tighten until tight.
- Attach your face plate and you are done.