Light Switch and Circular Plate for 4 inch Octagon Box


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Old 04-30-03, 01:11 PM
nedflanders
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Light Switch and Circular Plate for 4 inch Octagon Box

My parents have an old light switch in their basement. The switch is going bad and they would like to replace it. Unfortunately, none of the electrical stores in my area carry anything like this.
The switch is mounted to a circular plate that fits over the 4 inch octagon box. A regular light switch does not fit inside the box.
Searching here at DoItYourself, I found a 4 inch circular plate with a cutout for a switch, but it doesn't tell me what switch would go with it. Thank you for any help
 
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Old 04-30-03, 02:59 PM
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Is the old switch screwed to the metal plate or is it permanently attached with rivets? If it is just screwed on, then you should be able to replace it with a standard AC snap switch sold at Home Depot. Even if you've got to order a new plate online, the same standard switch should work fine.
 
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Old 04-30-03, 04:13 PM
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Break the ears off of the switch and it will fit in the box.
 
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Old 04-30-03, 04:40 PM
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Or replace the box.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 05:45 AM
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Originally posted by hotarc
Is the old switch screwed to the metal plate or is it permanently attached with rivets? If it is just screwed on, then you should be able to replace it with a standard AC snap switch sold at Home Depot. Even if you've got to order a new plate online, the same standard switch should work fine.
The old switch is parmanently attached with rivets. I will look
for the snap switch and order the plate if need be. Thank you for your help !
 
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Old 05-01-03, 05:48 AM
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Originally posted by texsparky
Break the ears off of the switch and it will fit in the box.
If I can't find the switch and plate, I'll keep this as option #2.
Thank you for your help !
 
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Old 05-01-03, 05:51 AM
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Originally posted by John Nelson
Or replace the box.
The box is cemented/bonded to the wall somehow, so my
Dad was hoping to avoid doing this. Thanks !
 
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Old 05-01-03, 04:04 PM
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check here. I think this is what you want. Add your own switch.

http://www.doityourself.com/store/6290191.htm
 
 

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