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How to replace a bad wall switch (Page 2)


Step 5. Loosen all the screw connections and detach the switch from the wires. (If there are three or four colored wires attached to the switch instead of just two, see the “WHAT IF’ variation on the next page.) In many cases, there will also be two white wires connected with a wire connector in the box. You wont have to deal with these in your installation. Take the old switch to a hardware store or home center and purchase an identical replacement.

 

Step 6. Before you begin to wire your new switch, clip of the ends of the wires and use your combination tool to strip away about ¾”of insulation. Then use your needlenose pliers to bend the stripped portion in a small clockwise hook.

 

Step 7. Position the switch so the ON/OFF markings read correctly Take one of the colored circuit wires and wrap the end of the wire clockwise around one of the two screw terminals on the side of the switch. Tighten the screw so it’s snug. Wrap the second colored wire around the other screw in the same way If there was a bare copper wire connected to the old switch, connect it to the green-colored screw on the switch in the same way you connected the two black wires. (If you installing a three-way or four-way see the information on the opposite page.) Then connect the rest of the wires as described above. The other two screws are interchangeable, so it doesn’t matter which of the remaining colored wires connects to which screw.

 

Step 8. Check to make sure the white circuit wires they’re called the neutrals) are snugly connected. If not, then use a wire nut to join them.

Step 9. Once the connections are made, gently tuck the wires and the switch into the box so the holes in the top and bottom of the switch align with the holes in the box. Use a screwdriver to drive the two long mounting screws that hold the switch to the box. Replace the coverplate. Restore the power and test your switch.

 

 

 

 

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