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One of the switches in my master bedroom quit working so we removed the old one and put in a new one. It seemed like a pretty straight forward repair, but there was a bit of learning curve to it.
After purchasing a replacement switch, we realized that switches are not "one size fits all!" Once we took off the switch cover and got a look at the switch, that's when we saw that our replacment switch was not going to work.
We searched Home Depot online, but they only offered the type of switch that we got at our local store. We then searched the Leviton (switch manufacture) site for an exact replacement, which we could not find under the parts number on the old switch. Leviton has "live" chat support which we utilized to get a match. We provided the old numbers and description along with pictures of the old product. With that information the tech was able to give us the part number we needed. We ordered from Amazon, because, you know, free shipping!
A search of the book, "The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair" by Black & Decker provided the information we needed to successfully and safely replace the switch.
This was a pretty straight forward repair once we got the right part and did adequate research to safely make the replacement. If this had been more that a switch problem, we would probably call in an electrician.
Working with electricity can be dangerous if the proper safety measures are not taken. Always test to see if the area you are working on is LIVE. If it is, STOP, and turn OFF the POWER.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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