Wall Switch Replacement
In this video, Dave is changing out a wall switch.
Below are the steps for replacing a 110 volt single electrical switch, also known as a single-pole electrical switch or a common wall switch, which is shown in the video above:
- First, and this is VERY important, TURN OFF the electricity that goes to the switch.
- Then before you start, test the switch to make sure there is no electricity present. What Dave used in the video to accomplish this is a Fluke VoltAlert. But, you can use any equivalent.NOTE: The tester will glow if there is electricity flowing. If there is no electricity, the tester will not light.
- Remove the outlet cover
- Remove the top and bottom screws that hold the switch to the electrical box.
- Pull out the switch. Note the colors and locations of the wires. This is important so you will know where to place the wires when inserting the new switch.NOTE: Usually the colors are as follows – black are the hot wires; and the bare wire is the ground. The switch only connects two wires together, white or neutrals are not routed through the switch. However, your colors MAY be different.
- After noting where the wires went to the old switch, disconnect all the wires and take out the switch.
Now to put in the new electrical switch:
- Connect the ground wire first;
- Next, connect the black wires to the screws on the switch;
- Put the new switch into the electrical box and place in the top and bottom screws that hold the switch in the electrical box;
- Replace the outlet cover;
- Turn the electricity back on; and
- Test the switch to make sure it is working correctly.
That is all there is to it.
If you need instructions to change out an duplex outlet, click here.