Tips on how to Disconnect A Wire From A Light Switch
Light switches wear out over time, requiring replacement. To replace a light switch, the wires connected to the device should be removed in a manner that the insulation-stripped wire ends aren’t broken off, as the wires in a light switch receptacle may not have much length to work with. If the wire ends are broken off each time the switch is remove over a period of years, there’ll come a time when there will not be enough wire length left to tug the switch from the wall during future replacements.
Things You will Need
Screwdriver set including both Standard and Philipps-head screwdrivers
1 set of needle-nosed pliers
Turn off electricity on the circuit breaker by turning the circuit’s breaker switch to the “OFF” position.
Remove the screw that secures the switch faceplate to the fixture using a screwdriver of the proper type. Gently pull the faceplate away from the wall and lay it off to the side along with the mounting screw.
Remove the light switch assembly mounting screws which secure the switch assembly firmly to the wall and lay them off to the side along with the previously-removed cover and screw.
Gently pull the whole light switch assembly outward away from the wall in order that the wire terminals on both sides of the switch are exposed and able to be easily worked with using a screwdriver. Loosen the terminal screws until the bare wire ends move freely. Make note of how the bare wire end curves across the post of the screw, as it may have bent into a curve when the terminal screw was tightened down on the time of installation.
Remove the wire from the screw post by grabbing the curved portion of the wire with the needle-nosed pliers and pulling it out-and-away from the screw post. If there is not enough room to get the tip of the pliers around the curved portion, then grab hold of the insulated portion of the wire with the pliers after which use your hand to control the light switch in a way that facilitates the hooked end of the wire to return free of the terminal screw post. Perform this step for all additional wires.
Tips & Warnings
If the switch you might be replacing is of the more modern style where the bare wire ends are pushed into holes within the back or sides of the switch rather than wrapped around a screw post, there can be small slots near each hole. Simply insert a small flat-head screwdriver into the slot which can activate the discharge mechanism inside, allowing the wire to be pulled from the outlet.
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