Replacing Light Switches


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Old 02-07-20, 07:43 AM
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Replacing Light Switches

I am going through the house and changing all light switches. My house is wired with 12 gauge wires. Most of the switches in the house have more than two wires, 2 are usually on the screws and a couple plugged into the holes on the back of the switch. Unfortunately all the switches that I have found for sale are only fit for 14 gauge wire. What is the solution to this?
 
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Old 02-07-20, 08:17 AM
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Do not use the backstabs.
They are not known for their reliability over the long term in any case.

So you get wire nuts and use pigtails.

 
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Old 02-07-20, 09:10 AM
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Use pigtails to combine the wires into one wire for the screw.

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Old 02-07-20, 09:02 PM
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The screw terminals on the side will accept the 12 gauge wires.
 
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Old 02-08-20, 11:09 AM
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How do you know which wires can how together?
 
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Old 02-08-20, 11:16 AM
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There are four connections on a switch. Two screw terminals and two push-in terminals.

There is a push-in near each screw terminal. That is one connection. Those two wires can be combined into one.
 
 

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