Replace Rocker light switch

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Old 02-19-21, 08:29 AM
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Replace Rocker light switch

Iím sure this is a dumb question, but I canít figure out how to replace a rocker switch. It appears to be built into the wall. See photo. Do I pry it out?

 
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Old 02-19-21, 10:16 AM
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What are the dimensions? Hard to tell from the photo if it is a "full size" switch or a close up of standard rocker switch with some kind of cover that is plastered up to.

I have seen full size switches but usually not in the USA.

If it is a full size switch you may be able to pry the the panel off and expose mounting screws. If it prys off it probably is fastened by some nubs on the back that go into holes in the switch mechanism.

Hopefully the electrical experts here will recognize it and give you more information.
 
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Old 02-19-21, 11:32 AM
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I'm with John, I've never seen a switch quite like that. Though might it be a low voltage lighting system? Do you have a large panel somewhere that controls all the lights?
 
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Old 02-19-21, 03:33 PM
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The outside dimensions are 2 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches. There is just a normal circuit breaker box. No low voltage system. Every light switch in the house is like this. One is a set of 4 switches. See photo. The house is in Florida and built, I would estimate, around the late 1960s or early 1970s. Iím renting the house for 3 months so have no knowledge of its history. All the switches appear built in. That is, to pry the outside, I would have to disrupt the bond between it and the wall plaster. Iím afraid to try and pry out the rocker switch, itself. But, who knows, it may be able to be popped out.


 
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Old 02-19-21, 03:55 PM
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Why do you need to open it? If renting is the landlord OK with you doing that? If you destroy the switch by opening it can you replace it with something standard?
 
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Old 02-21-21, 09:06 AM
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Sorry - I've never seen anything plastered in quite like that. It's against current code as devices need to be able to be removed without removing or damaging finishings. Not that it's necessarily unsafe or anything, just rather odd to see.

Since none of the other members/mods have commented, I'm thinking they haven't seen this setup either.

I do find it hard to believe that you can't get to the wiring without damaging the wall. Which makes me think the paddle can be pried out too. But I really don't know.
 
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Old 02-21-21, 10:40 AM
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Is there access on the other side of the wall? A blank cover plate, an access panel?

For future reference, let us know if (subject to landlord's agreement) you successfully pry it off, what you find, and if there is any damage.

I tried a Google Image search based on the photos you provided but nothing comes up. Maybe a search with a photo from a distance that shows it as a light switch on a wall would provide a result.
 
 

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