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Ralph
replacing pull chain

The pull chain on my light fixture broke off, I would like to replace this with a wall switch, any suggestions on where to look for the correct way to do this

Re: replacing pull chain
rj100 wrote:

The pull chain on my light fixture broke off, I would like to replace this with a wall switch, any suggestions on where to look for the correct way to do this

very easy job. go to your breaker box and turn off the circuit that is feeding that light. Look to see what size breaker is feeding that pull chain. If it is a 15 amp breaker you will need #14 gage wire if it is a 20 amp breaker you will need #12 gage wire. I will assume the area you are wiring has a open ceiling and wall where the switch is to be installed. Look at the box where the pull chain is installed. What type of wiring is used I will assume type NM (know as Romex). Mount the new switch box (plastic) and run a new piece of romex 14-2 or 12-2 from the new box to the old keyless box. strip the romex back about 8" and install it in the ceiling box as the other wires are clamped. twist the bare wire with the bare wires and put a wire not over them. take the white wire and twist this wire with the hot wire that was attached to the pull chain fixture and cover with a wire nut. now install the new fixture and connect the white wires that were connected the the pull chain to the white wire ore silver colored screw. The new black wire to the brass screw or the black wire of the fixture. Now install the new switch. bare wire to the green screw on the switch. install the black and white wires one on each of the brass screws. I would also suggest a small piece of black tape on the white wire in the box to mark it as a hot wire. Install the switch in the box and a cover plate.

When attaching wires to screws make a small hook and put them around the screw clockwise and tighten. Make sure all connections are covered and tight with wire nuts. good luck:)

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