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Old 04-08-2006, 07:10 AM   #1
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I'm changing out my old wall switches to new decorator type.The problem I have is,I cannot get the speed wire holes to release the wires.I did as instructed,by using a screwdriver to push in the release.I did this with 2 of the old swithes but no luck.Is there a trick to getting the wires to release?? Thanks Tim...

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Old 04-08-2006, 07:24 AM   #2
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Yes, sometimes you have to "angle" the tool or move it around to get tham to release. It's rarely as simple as pushing the tool in and the wire popping out.

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Old 04-08-2006, 11:06 AM   #3
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If you are trying to get them out of the old one and have enough wire save your self the frustation and cut the old wires close to the switch and restrip them.
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I had the same scenario trying to put a dimmer in a previous house. The wires were very short and stapled to the stud so I could cut them. With the power off of course, I successfully smashed the old switch to bits with some grunting and a pair of 12" channel lock pliers. Then you can "manually" release the wire and there's no plastic in the way for "angling."

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Old 04-12-2006, 12:36 PM   #5
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This is why I NEVER use the speedholes. :D

Its worth the extra 20 seconds it takes to bend the wires around the posts in case i have to take the switch back out later.
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