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1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
I need to change all my plug sockets and light swtiches in the house as they are simply not nice, painted all over by the last owner etc.

I got all the stuff, but been putting it off and haven't had time over the last week. Gonna get on to it tonight though.

I have read my DIY book and it all seems straight forward apart from the 2 way light switches. Bearing in mind I have never done this before, is it really as easy as the book suggests?

I.e will I need a wheelbarrow full of filler if I start taking sockets off plasterboard? I'm a dab hand with filler, so much so my house is half it's size since I got it :thumbsup:

Basically anything I need know before I go in with power tools blazing? And yes, I do know to switch the electric off!

And while were on the subject, wall lights, same process to remove and put new ones in?

Please don't anyone mention Part P, I'm gonna be a rebel :-D
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1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
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#1
The front covers can be changed without causing massive distruction! Just like wiring a plug i beleive. But if you are not sure how to do it, then leave it.!! Electricity is DANGEROUS!
#2
yer it's just the front covers. The electricity will all be switched off, just when I switch it on, if I end up through the wall and in next door neighbours living room, I'll know not to touch anymore of them (and get the filler out for the new hole!).

It can't be difficult though, it's only 2 wires, maybe 3? i can't leave it, they are grubby and discoloured.
#3
If you are replacing like for like it is really easy. I always take light switches and plug sockets off when I decorate and just put the wires back where they come from. If you are not sure, take a photo or do a drawing before you disconnect anything. And yes you are absolutely right...TURN THE ELECTRIC OFF FIRST!
You shouldn't need lots of filler to patch up. Maybe a little smear. But you will almost certainly need to touch up the paint.
(I hope you are not doing this instead of mopping your floors.)
#4
I agree with taking a photo of them first that way your sure not to re-wire them back wrong. Good idea christmasshopper!!
#5
Some of switches got snap-on panels, so you don't need to replace switch itself, just the front panel.
#6
My floors have been mopped :thumbsup:

I even took the head off the mop off after you said about it! They nice and clean now, will mop then again near christmas :p

I'm doing this cus 1. its annoying me 2. I got some spare time and 3. I got some groovy light swtiches, the light switches have an LED in the middle to tell you that the light is on!! That, for me personally, is orgasmic! :oops:

I'm not so bothered about the lights actually working, so long as the LED works!
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grdesign


I'm not so bothered about the lights actually working, so long as the LED works!


I miss you :-(
#8
grdesign
That, for me personally, is orgasmic! :oops:

Your easily made happy then grdesign :oops: :-D
#9
Surely if you can see the LED is on then you are gonna know if your lights are on!! Bizzarre, Boys and their toys!!!
#10
Don't even think about dissing the LED's. What happens if you got a lightbulb thats gone? Hmm? You would never know...unless of course your little blue funky LED was beaming out from the light switch and you were sitting in complete darkness.

See, man with a plan!
#11
Ahhh, i totally get it now! I will let you have that one.

Its always a shock when you changing a bulb, ballancing on an old chair and the light beams in your eyes as you screw in the bulb!!
#12
grdesign
Don't even think about dissing the LED's. What happens if you got a lightbulb thats gone? Hmm? You would never know...unless of course your little blue funky LED was beaming out from the light switch and you were sitting in complete darkness.

See, man with a plan!



I'm glad you explained that. For a minute I thought it was a man with more money than sense :-D :-D :-D :-D
#13
Christmasshopper
I'm glad you explained that. For a minute I thought it was a man with more money than sense :-D :-D :-D :-D



lol thats not too hard if he has got 50p then he has more money than sense. ROFL
#14
Err still here. Says those who spend god knows how much on shoes.

You'll spend 40 quid on shoes and get nothing more than a sole and a piece of string.

We spend 40 quid on shoes and get padding, tounges, rubber bits, groovy colours, a full, proper shoe, with free air inside the soles.

Girls and their toys, bizzare.... :thumbsup:
#15
Joshanna
I miss you :-(


:oops: :oops: :oops:

Hmm, sorry guys, but I got to get myself some brownie points.

Miss u too! :-(
#16
grdesign
Err still here. Says those who spend god knows how much on shoes.

You'll spend 40 quid on shoes and get nothing more than a sole and a piece of string.

We spend 40 quid on shoes and get padding, tounges, rubber bits, groovy colours, a full, proper shoe, with free air inside the soles.

Girls and their toys, bizzare.... :thumbsup:


LOL You know me oh so well!!!;-)
#17
Your female, its not hard! However, I had to claw something back from the 'pathetic' light switches and if I have 50p I have more money than sense!!

I think anyway that I got it wrong. But it's all good, check this out for service....

The LED comes on when the light is OFF. Therefore, you know it's off, and you can find the switch to turn it on! Now that's what i call service! Shame I'll have to sit in the dark now to admire my LEDS, but still, anything with LEDS on it (apart from tacky leds like on car wipers!) keeps me extremely happy!
#18
saxo_appeal
Your easily made happy then grdesign :oops: :-D


U got no idea dude! :-D
#19
Woo LED's.

I can see how that would be exciting. Just dont blow yourself up changing them!
#20
Thankyou for your sarcasm, I feel I have won now that you understand the importance of such things.

Jealousy, bet yer out there shopping for light switches with LED's in right now! :-D
#21
grdesign
Thankyou for your sarcasm, I feel I have won now that you understand the importance of such things.

Jealousy, bet yer out there shopping for light switches with LED's in right now! :-D


Damn you guessed.

No joking aside i can see the appeal. Just being playful:p
#22
I can see the appeal of shoes which u love, but moan about all day 'oooo, me feet, it's pinching'. What!?

So anyway, back to the point, I guess if others can do it then so can I! If i never post again....
#23
grdesign
yer it's just the front covers. The electricity will all be switched off, just when I switch it on, if I end up through the wall and in next door neighbours living room, I'll know not to touch anymore of them (and get the filler out for the new hole!).

It can't be difficult though, it's only 2 wires, maybe 3? i can't leave it, they are grubby and discoloured.


After turning the electrics off move the wires one at a time onto the new switch. Remember to look that you have the switch the right way up, yes there is a right way up. If you move them like this there is less chance of messing up.

Same with the sockets. Don't forget to make sure no bare wires are showing as when you screw the switches / sockets back onto the wall the cables will scrunch and could touch the metal back boxes...
#24
Well I came across a small, but kinda crap problem. I turned all the electricity off, and realised in my innocence I couldnt see.

So, that's that out of the window. Oh well, spose I'll have to relax instead!

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