Changing electric point yourself

When an electrical switch becomes faulty, it causes much frustration; having to spend tens of dollars to engage a electrician which costs many times more than the cost of the switch itself. However, the daunting task of changing a switch coupled with the danger of electrocution makes one with little choice but to engage external help.

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To get started on changing the faulty switch, you first will need a few tools – flat head screw driver and Philips screwdriver. What’s next?

1. Turn off the master switch at the DB box (if you are not sure which switch to turn off)

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If you are an amateur, it’s extremely important to take extra caution when dealing with electrical switches – switching off the mains reduces the risk of electrocution. Also, do make sure that you are in a well-lit place.

2. Get the tools and spare part ready.

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The spare switch can be bought in most hardware stores for a few couple of dollars. And a flathead/Philips screwdriver is a essential handy tool every home should have.

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Pull out the switch cover by applying a little force until you hear a click sound.

3. Dismantle the spoilt switch

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When you unscrew the holding screws of the switch there is a partial blockage by the border of the switch.  You have to remove the border cover by using a flathead screwdriver and dislodge the cover at the groove in the picture.

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3. Remove the switch wires properly

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After you removed the screws you will see the wires dangling in the interior. You have to unscrew the wires from the holding points using a screwdriver (with the relevant heads).

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It is good to remove the wires one by one and attached to the new switch in the right order so that you won’t have problem with the circuitry.

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4. Secure the new switch.

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5. Put back the cover and turn on the master switch back in the DB box.

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Now the switch is good to go.

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