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Replace Bad Rocker Style Light Switches

How to Replace Rocker Style Light Switches


Bad Rocker Switches that Need Replacing
Electrical Question: I am renting a home built in 1987. Some of the original wall light rocker switches don’t come on well. I have to rock them a couple of times before they ‘catch’. Sometimes I tap them on the top section after they are is the on position, and this works too.
Does this mean I have a bad connection or bad switch? If there is a risk of fire I can immediately tell the landlord. Thanks! Susie

This electrical question came from: Susie, from Ft Myers, Florida.

Dave The Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Susie

How to Replace Rocker Style Light Switches

Rocker Light Switch Wiring
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Wiring a Light Switch – Diagram 1

Fully explained pictures and wiring diagrams about wiring light switches describing the most common switches starting with photo diagram 1.


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