DIY,  Second Home

Replacing a Broken Light Switch

This week, I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things! Monday, I bought a pack of new light switches since one is broken and all the others needs replacing because I don’t like the color.

Never in a million years would I have thought I could do this, but changing my mindset changed my limits! Never limit yourself. I watched multiple YouTube videos to make sure I knew what I was doing and even called my dad to come check everything when I was done.

Just last week I was installing an air return grille and now I am on the other end of the spectrum!

**This will be another picture heavy post!!** **Please note that I am not a licensed electrician and this is my first time ever doing this. Please do not try anything that you don’t feel confident in doing.**

This is what we are working with now:

Step 1: Turn Off Breaker in Electrical Panel


Step 2: Check Wires with Voltage Tester

If there is power to outlet, tester will beep and light up. If there is no power, it will not do anything. Test a known outlet with power first to be sure your tester works.

Step 3: Unscrew light switch cover and light switch from wall

Step 4: Remove Wires from Outlet

My wires were in the back of the outlet, so I had to pull them out. It was very tough but once I got a jewelry screwdriver to stick in the back holes, it went a lot better.

Step 5: Connect Wires to New Outlet

This time I connected the wires to the screws. You want to make sure you put your wires the same way it was connected previously. The only thing different I did was connect the ground wire that wasn’t connected previously.

Step 7: Screw in New Outlet to Wall

Step 8: Turn on Breaker and Test Switch

Go back to your electrical panel and turn on breaker (or the entire panel if you turned off all the power to the house) Turn on light switch to see if it works.

Step 9: Screw Light Switch Cover & Enjoy Your New Look!

I should’ve bought a pack of light switch covers, but I only thought to buy one for some reason.

Now I only have about 10 more of these to do and then I can go ahead to the plug-ins!

My house is still in one piece so you can say I most likely did this right. 🙂

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