How to Replace a Dangerous Wall Switch

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Replacing a dangerous wall switch is something that you should do as soon as possible to avoid a fire. Replace a dangerous 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 replace a a dangerous wall switch. Now, it's important to get those dangerous wall switches out of there as fast as possible, because they could start a fire. For this job, I'm going to be using a battery powered drill with a Phillips tip bit, some electrical tape and a flat head screwdriver. The first thing you're going to do is make sure that the breaker to this switch is shut off. After that, we're going to take a flat head screwdriver and remove the cover plate. After you have the cover plate off, go ahead and grab your drill and remove the two mounting bolts. After you've pulled the switch out, go ahead and remove the two wires located on the side of the switch. We'll do that by putting the drill and pulling those two bolts out. After you've loosened up those bolts, go ahead and grab a hold of the wires and pop them off there. After you move those two wires, go ahead and remove your ground wire. After you've removed the switch, go ahead and inspect your wires for any burn marks or gashes in the insulation around your wires. You want to make sure that the switch is facing the right way. If you see the word, "no", you know to go ahead and turn it over to where it says, "on." After that, we're going to take the power source coming into the switch and put it on the top side by sliding that screw over our wire. Do the same thing on the bottom. After they're on there, I'm going to hold it a little tight, put some pressure on there and drill these into place. Then, I'll flip it over and do the same thing with my ground. Now, after I'm all done and before I push this back into the wall, I'm going to take my electrical tape and cover up the exposed wires on my switch. That way, as you push it back into the wall, you can make sure that nothing comes into contact with your hots and cause it to arc out. After that's done, I'm going to take, push it back into the wall. I'll hold it in place and go ahead and start putting my screws back in. After everything's secure, I want to go ahead and put my cover plate back on. Now, I do like to go ahead and put my electrical tape on these type of switches, especially in those high use areas because it's going to get wiggled around a little bit more. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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