How to Install a Light Switch to Turn on a Wall Outlet

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Installing a light switch to turn on the wall outlet is something that will require a regular screw driver. Install a light switch to turn on a wall outlet 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 install a wall switch to turn on an outlet. A lot times people like to have some outlets hooked to a light switch. That way they can turn off and on their lights by their door. So I'm going to show you how to do that. For this job I'm going to be using a flat head screwdriver and just a regular wall switch. As you can see here we have 2 black wires that are bent to a U. Then we have our white wires that are connected with a wire nut and we have our ground wires connected with a ground nut. And then coming out of the ground nut we have a U shape on the end of our wire. So we want the power to pass through this line, through the switch to this one and down to our outlet. So we want to make sure that our outlet is facing the right way toward the words on it are off and on. So that way when it's up your lights are on. And we're going to put the power coming into the outlet on the top side. So we'll do that by slipping the wire on the back side of these mounting screws. After you have it on there go ahead and take your flat head screwdriver and tighten it up. You want to make sure that the U is facing the same way that the screw it getting tightened. That way as you tighten it it sets that wire in instead of pushing it out. After your 2 black wires are hooked up we're going to take our ground wire and put it over our ground screw on the side. Make sure that that nut stays nice and tight and we'll just do the flat head screwdriver to tighten that one up as well. So after that's done you can take your wires and push them back into your box and use your flat head screwdriver to attach your switch to your box. After your switch is in place go ahead and take your cover plate and put it over your switch. Take your mounting screws and put them into place. Now remember when working with any electrical make sure that the power is off at your breaker box. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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