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How to remove a wall switch


Step 1. To remove the old switch, first shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative cover- plate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside. With the cover- plate off you will be able to see the switch and the electrical box it is attached to.

 

Step 2. Use a voltage sensor to make sure the wires are dead. Hold your voltage sensor’s probe within 1/2” of the wires on either side of the switch. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the switch is still live, and you’ll need to trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the switch. If the sensor does not beep or light up, the circuit is dead and you’re safe to continue.

 

Step 3. Remove the switch from the box by unscrewing the two long screws that hold the switch to the box at the top and the bottom. Once the screws are out, hold the top and bottom of the switch, and carefully pull the switch away from the box.

 

Step 4. Remove the switch completely by disconnecting the wires. In many cases, there will also be two white wires connected with a wire connector in the box. You won’t have to deal with these in your installation.

 

 

 

 

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