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How to replace a pull-chain switch


Step 1. First, make sure that the switch is broken, not just the chain. If you find a short bit of chain sticking out of the fixture, pull on it to see if the light turns on and off. If so, you can buy and attach a new length of pull chain. If there’s no chain left or if the switch doesn’t work when you pull the remaining chain, go ahead and replace the switch.

 

Step 2. First, turn off the power to the f Now, remove the globe and light bulb, and loosen the mounting screws that hold the fixture to the electrical box. Lower the fixture away from the ceiling.

 

Step 3. Test for current by holding your voltage sensor within 1/2" of the circuit wires. The black wires should cause the sensor to beep if power is present. Check all the wires for power in case the light was wired improperly. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the circuit is still live and is not sale to work Check the main circuit panel again arid trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the fixture. If the sensor does not beep or light up the wires are dead and safe to work on.

 

Step 4. Hold the fixture steady with one hand and turn the knurled retaining nut at the base of the pull chain. You should be able to turn it with your fingers. If it sticks, use needle nose pliers to turn it. Once the retaining nut is off, pull the switch out of the fixture.

 

 

 

 

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