How to Remove a Wall Switch

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Removing a wall switch is something you would want to do if you were planning on making adjustments to the wires themselves. Remove a wall switch with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to remove a wall switch. The reason you'd have to replace a wall switch is that the circuit inside over extended use wears out. So we gotta get that old one out of there. For this job I'm going to be using a battery powered drill with a Phillips tip bit and a flat head screwdriver. First thing you want to do is make sure that the power is off to your switch. Next we're going to take our flat head screwdriver and remove the cover plate. You do that by just removing the 2 facial screws on the plate. After your face plate's off you should see something that looks like this. You have 2 mounting screws on your switch. We're going to use our battery powered drill to remove those. After your screws are out go ahead and grab your switch on top and bottom and pull out those wires. On the side you have your 2 black wires. One is the power coming into the switch and the other is carrying the power out to a light fixture. The other side you have your commons which is carrying the power back to the ground from your light. And then you have your ground. This is called a ground nut. What it does is it has a hole in the top to allow the copper to pass through so you can attach it to your ground screw. To remove the switch all we need to do is loosen up these 3 screws on our switch. After you have the screws loosen grab a hold of your wire and of your switch and just press those wires off there. Now when you go to put a new switch in you're going to make sure that you hook the wires up in the same way that you took them off. It's very important that you make sure that the power it off to any electrical before you work on it. That way you don't accidentally get bit by your electrical. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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