About This QuizCloaked in darkness? Changing the light bulb didn't help? Then it's probably the wall switch that's faulty and needs replacement. Take this quiz to find out how to go about it.
If a wall switch cover does not come off easily, what is probably stopping it?
If a wall switch cover does not come off easily, there is probably layers of wall paint holding it fast. Use a razor blade or utility knife to cut the layers of paint around the wall switch.
If a wall switch does not have terminal conductors, how should you attach the wires?
There will be small holes; push the wires into these.
There will be small holes large enough for bare wires. Trim 1/2 an inch (1.3cm) of insulation from the wires and push the wires into these.
Use clasps to hold the wires in place.
Glue the wires in with electrical glue.
If you are able to turn a light off at two different locations, what type of switch are you dealing with?
a single pole type
a two ways switch
a three way switch
You will be dealing with a three-way switch. You need to make sure to replace the old switch with the same type of switch and to pair up the terminal wires and screws correctly.
If wires or insulation are brittle or frayed, what should you do?
Cover the ends with electrical tape.
Have them professionally rewired.
If wires or insulation connecting to the electric box are brittle or frayed, they will need to be professionally rewired.
Be extra careful of electric shocks.
How can you check that wires have caught properly?
Tug on them.
Check that your newly installed terminal wires have caught properly into the wire grip-hole by gently tugging on them.
Turn off and on the light to test it.
The wall switch will not attach properly if they are not.
How should the tabs from the switch's mounting brackets lie?
The tabs from the switch's mounting brackets should lie flat against the wall so that the switch is flush with the wall no matter what angle the electric box is at.
at right angles
perpendicular to the wall
What is the most popular type of switch?
single pole toggle switch
All switches work on the same principles, so you can choose whichever switch you prefer. The most popular type is the single pole toggle switch, where the light goes on when you flick the switch up.
lever action switch
What is the most important safety precaution to take?
Read the manufacturer's instructions very carefully.
Turn the circuit breaker off.
To prevent electric shocks, remember to turn off the circuit breaker before beginning to fiddle with the switch.
Wear shoes in case of electric shock.
Where can you find mounting screws?
You must by them separately in the hardware.
You'll most likely have them in your toolbox.
They will be provided with the new switch.
Mounting screws are provided with the new switch. The screw holes are oval shaped so that the switch cover will lie straight, even if the holes in the electric box are tilted.
What should you do with non-insulated wire?
Make sure it fits neatly behind the switch cover.
Clip it off.
Clip off any excess non-insulated wire and make sure the rest is securely under the screw heads.
Tape it with electrical tape.