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To change a switch:

  1. Disable the circuit, (turn off the breaker to the circuit or remove the fuse if it's an older home)
  2. pull the old switch away from the switch box by backing out the two screws that hold the switch in place.
  3. Remove the wires from the old switch.
  4. Make certain that you get the same KIND of switch (I assume that if it's just two wires that you have a simple, on/off switch)
  5. Connect the two wires to the new switch, it doesn't matter which wire goes to which post, just so long as they don't touch each other.
  6. put the switch back in the switch box, make certain that when the switch is on, it's UP.
  7. Put the screws and the switch cover back.
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Q: How do you replace old light switch one black and one white wire?
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