How to change bathroom pull cord

How to change bathroom pull cord

Commonly seen in bathrooms, pull cord switches are mechanisms used to turn lights on and off while preventing accidental electrocution. The long string cord allows wet hands to operate the mechanism without the hazard of the water reaching the circuit. While these switches are convenient, they can be harder to replace since they are often suspended from the ceiling.

Before attempting to fit a new pull light, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the risks. As the light is directly above you, you’ll need to be comfortable using a tall ladder. More notably, you’ll need to be comfortable with circuits.

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Why do it yourself when you could get an expert electrician in London to do it for you? Electricity can be dangerous, especially when you don’t really know what you’re doing. The Handy Squad’s team of skilled electricians have been working with circuits for over ten years and are able to change a light in no time at all. Our team operate across London, so if you ever need an electrician in Chelsea, Mortlake electrician or an electrician Soho, you know who to call.

While we highly recommend hiring a professional electrician to help with any electrical work, here is our guide on how to change a bathroom light pull cord.

Turn off your mains electricity

Before you go anywhere near your light switch, start by turning off your electricity. If you can’t locate the specific circuit breaker, turn off all the electricity in your house. While you may have to be in the dark for a short while, it’s a lot better than accidentally electrocuting yourself. It is also recommended to test that the circuit isn’t live before you start working on it.

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Remove the cover

Look at the cover and determine what model of switch you have. If there are screws, unscrew them to remove the cap. If it’s a twist cover, firmly grip onto the cover and twist anticlockwise to release it.

Top tip: take a photo of the wires for later reference.

Unscrew the wires and base unit

Using a flathead screwdriver, undo the screws holding the wires in place and remove the wires. Make sure you don’t loosen the screws too much or they may fall out. Now, use a screwdriver to unscrew the base unit.

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Install your new switch

Undo the screws on your new switch and feed the wires through the base. Then, screw the base to the ceiling. Using the reference photo from earlier, reconnect the wires and tighten the screws that hold them back in place. If there is an earth wire, make sure you place a sleeve on it, then connect it to the base plate.

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