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Disconnecting a wire from a connector block

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by pooksahib, 10 Aug 2018.

  1. pooksahib

    pooksahib

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    I hate having to post this as it sounds so lame but, anyway...

    My bathroom shaving light has a pull switch that's had its day. I want to have a go at replacing the pull switch (only cost me £1.49) but I need to take the light off the wall first. I've fallen at the first hurdle, though, as I can't shift the two small screws holding the brown and blue wires. My screwdriver seems to be small enough but just jumps out of the slot when I turn it.

    Is there a knack? A special type of screwdriver? Do the screws turn the 'other way' (similar to the fan in an oven)? Once you've stopped laughing, any advice would be welcome. Thanks.

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  2. Alec_t

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    Have a close look at the screw-heads. Sometimes they're Phillips type and sometimes just straight slots. You obviously need to use the appropriate screwdriver ....... and it should be one with an unworn tip.
     
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    Screws these days are not very well made: they seems to be of very soft material. Usually a range of different screwdrivers is a useful thing to have. Anyway - if it were me - I'd cut the wires and use a new piece of choc block. Looks like there is enough wire spare. You will need strippers.
     
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  5. pooksahib

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    Thanks for that. The screws are 'straight slot' and my wee screwdriver is pretty old. I'll borrow a couple from a friend over the weekend and have another go.
     
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    If you have no joy undoing it you could cut the wires individually and replace the block if there is enough slack in the wires.
     
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