Replace a light switch

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Level of difficulty: Easy
Estimated time taken: 15 minutes
Tools required:

  • 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

  1. Using a flat head screwdriver, unscrew the two screws above and below the switch.
  2. Pull face plate off.

Step 3: Test the electricity

  1. 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

  1. Undo two screws both above and below the switch.
  2. Slowly pull out the switch but do not pull too far out as it still has the wires connected to it.
  3. There should be two black wires, and one bare copper wire.
  4. Undo the screws holding these wires on just enough that the wires come free.
  5. Discard your old switch.

Step 4:Attach new switch

  1. Attach the wires to the new switch the same way and in the same places that they were in on the old switch.
  2. 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.
  3. The two black wires go to the two connectors on, usually, the right side.
  4. The bare copper wire attaches to the lone connector on the opposite side of the other two connectors.
  5. Tighten the securing screws and make sure the wires have snug connections
  6. Align the switch with the holes on the wall and put the screws in and tighten until tight.
  7. Attach your face plate and you are done.

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