Things You’re Going To Need To Do This Job:
- Flat screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Wire strippers
The first and most important thing is to find the power source in your breaker panel to the switch and shut it off!!! Be sure and check for voltage with your multimeter. Then remove cover and swich from the box. Then, with the meter on continuity check (usually this will beep when electrodes are touched). Go from one terminal to the other. If in the off position there should be no noise or continuity. In the on position there should either be a noise or read continuity. If either one of these are different then you have a bad switch. Remove your wires and re attatch to new switch. Bare copper or green will go to green grounding screw. If there is no ground wire present then you may want to consider pulling a new lighting circuit to prevent surges or electrocution. There should be two wires left and they can go to either screw on switch, you are just breaking the circuit. Turn power on at the breaker panel and see if it works. If it does not get in touch with me at parkercontractors.com and I will try and walk you through it.
This article was written to be a guide for you to do this job. If you are afraid of electricity or cannot find power source in the breaker panel please do not attempt this job.
C. R. Parker