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Old 12-01-2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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A picture fell and broke my on/off switch (inside) for my outside sensor light. I found the pieces and glued back together, took off the cover ...switch won't fit, part seems to be sealed to get to where I need to be. How do I safely unseal or do I need to replace entire part?


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Old 12-01-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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Replace the switch for a couple of bucks.

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Old 12-01-2011, 01:08 PM   #3
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Thanks so much! Yes you can tell... I don't know what the hell I'm doing (or talking about!)
Is it complicated to do?
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hopefully you will two black wires and one bare or green wire to switch. neutrals may be spliced together in back of box. turn breaker off first. remove wires from switch and wire new switch same way.it's possible you have a switch leg going to switch. in that case you have a white and a black going to switch plus ground. wire new switch same way as that.
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Hey Pokey, Thanks!! Without trying to pull it out yet... I see black, white & yellow & it's pretty dusty in there...Is that dangerous? Looks like it! Lol...
I've never done anything electrical before... just want to make sure I don't cross wires & set the dust and house on fire!!!
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Turn the power off.
Remove the swtich.
It will have two wires and maybe a ground.
Disconnect the wires and put them on the new switch.
If the switch has three wires post back. Yo have a three way switch and it needs special attention.

DO NOT CHANGE ANY OF THE OTHER WIRES IN THE SWITCH BOX.
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This is what I'd do. Just keep in mind I'm a blonde Polish female, and certainly no expert -so if anyone else here tells you I'm wrong, they're probably right.
1) Turn off breaker.
2) Remove cover plate and pull switch out without disconnecting anything.
3) take pictures of how everything is wired.
4) disconnect wiring.
5) take broken switch to electrical supply place. If you go to a home improvement store DON'T assume the person that is helping you knows what they are talking about.
6) reconnect according to the pics you took.
7) cross fingers and turn breaker back on.
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Hey! I see a black, white & yellow... Is that a 3 way? Thanks so much for your help! I've never looked in one of these before! Maybe I should buy a fire extinguisher with my part?!! Ok... I think I will for back up!!!
Thanks again!
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Thanks so much! Your cute!... and yes.... you pretty much said the same thing as the boys
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...Maybe I should buy a fire extinguisher with my part?!! Ok... I think I will for back up!!!
Thanks again!
Definitely buy a fire extinguisher. You shouldn't need one for this, but it is a good idea to have one in the kitchen, near, but not too close to the stove.
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Ok, remember, if possible, you don't want to disconnect ALL the wires at once.

Hold the new switch so that it lines up the same way (in the same direction and orientation) as the old one.

TURN OFF THE BREAKER FIRST.

Take one wire off the old switch.

Now put that wire on the appropriate matching screw on the new switch.

Do the same with the next wire.

Then the next, and then the next.... if you have more wires.
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Hey Old school Willie! Thanks for the help!
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Lol... I've been meaning to get one for a while!!! Thanks again!
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Ok, remember, if possible, you don't want to disconnect ALL the wires at once.

Hold the new switch so that it lines up the same way (in the same direction and orientation) as the old one.

TURN OFF THE BREAKER FIRST.

Take one wire off the old switch.

Now put that wire on the appropriate matching screw on the new switch.

Do the same with the next wire.

Then the next, and then the next.... if you have more wires.

Might not work for three way switch. The common screw is not in the same place on all brands of three ways.

How many screws on the switch? Is one of them a ground (bare or green)?
Post the picture.

If it is a three way switch the important screw is the black one. That is the COMMON screw. The wire i on the COMMON screw needs to go on the common screw of the new switch. The other two wire don't matter.
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hi Karin. can you post a pic of your switch and show the terminals?

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