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Old 03-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #1
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I switched my toggle light switches with piano light switches. What could i do with the removed toggle light switches and wall plates that are no longer used?

Sorry for an obvious question, but am thinking there has to be a better option than garbage.

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I switched my toggle light switches with piano light switches. What could i do with the removed toggle light switches and wall plates that are no longer used?

Sorry for an obvious question, but am thinking there has to be a better option than garbage.

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no, only garbage?
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Just save them and move on
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Had to look that one up.
In the US I think we call them Deco switches.
Not sure what you have up there but around here I would offer them for free on Craigs List or donate them to Habitat for Humanity.
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Throw them away, save them, sell them online or in a yard sale, give them to someone.

All are good options.
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Had to look that one up.
In the US I think we call them Deco switches.
Not sure what you have up there but around here I would offer them for free on Craigs List or donate them to Habitat for Humanity.
Nope, not Decro. Usually called "Paddle" switches. This is what the OP is talking about http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/piano-light-switch

I would not use them, unless the home is so retro modern, that it would look like it belongs in Europe, or in something like a Art gallery.

As for the OP question, given them to Habitat for Humanity, or put them up on Craigslist.com.
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For interest sakes, i got these switches, considered an upgrade here in canada

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/sing...-switch/947948

i had these switches

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/15-a...h-white/947951

(not necessarily the three, just an example of the toggle switch)

so, now gotta figure out what to do with them. i could keep them, but really, for what, and how long, Home Depot and Lowes are 5 minutes away, i could drive over in a heart beat. So, really, just looking for an alternative to garbage/recycle bin

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For interest sakes, i got these switches, considered an upgrade here in canada

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/sing...-switch/947948

i had these switches

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/15-a...h-white/947951

(not necessarily the three, just an example of the toggle switch)

so, now gotta figure out what to do with them. i could keep them, but really, for what, and how long, Home Depot and Lowes are 5 minutes away, i could drive over in a heart beat. So, really, just looking for an alternative to garbage/recycle bin

Not really an upgrade. Decora switches have been around for over 30+ years. They became more common since they are easier to operate for someone with limited mobility. As for what to do with the old Toggle, see my post above. I usually just toss extras in my parts bin, because you never know when someone you know has a switch go bad, and guess what, you just happen to have one handy in your parts bin.
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haha

listen, we a few years behind Americans! Thanx for the input

maybe ill save them, i would like to donate them, maybe ill look into that.

my friend i got an air exchanger, that may be my next project, after my attic.

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maybe ill save them, i would like to donate them, maybe ill look into that.
Unless they are like new IMO they are not even worth donating.
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What could i do with the removed toggle light switches and wall plates that are no longer used? Sorry for an obvious question, but am thinking there has to be a better option than garbage.
Install them around your friend's house when he is not looking as dummy switches. Will drive him nuts trying to figure out what they operate.


Or hang them from a tree as nests for mosquitos.

Or do what 99.9% of others do with them. Add to your local landfill.
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I switched my toggle light switches with piano light switches. What could i do with the removed toggle light switches and wall plates that are no longer used?

Sorry for an obvious question, but am thinking there has to be a better option than garbage.

PTMD
They are under a buck new, why would you try to reuse? Trash them.
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Had to look that one up.
In the US I think we call them Deco switches.
Not sure what you have up there but around here I would offer them for free on Craigs List or donate them to Habitat for Humanity.
Around here they are called "Decora" devices.

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