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I need electricity help please

Itīs not urgent.
I have 2 double light switches one of each pair isnīt working, so today I thought I would have a go at fixing them.
Electricity to both switches is off.
I thought I would just need to get a thin screwdriver behind the surround and ease it off to get to the workings, but it doesn't want to come off.
Just how much force am I supposed. to use, because someone told me I must never force things thats when they break.
Can anyone pleas advise me.


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OK I have done it, its the switch itself that has to be removed not the surround, now to see if I can find whats wrong.

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Well that didnīt take long, both fixed, both had this tiny piece of plastic fall out when I took the covers off, well the second one I did a bit of poking with an electricians screw driver and it fell out.

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So you don't need any help now Jan.

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So you don't need any help now Jan.

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Trouble with me Ray is I shout first then start asking myself questions
So if the rims doesn't come off the switch itself must and it did, without force.

Next job will be the boiler.

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Trouble with me Ray is I shout first then start asking myself questions
So if the rims doesn't come off the switch itself must and it did, without force.

Next job will be the boiler.
Can't wait.!!!!

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OK, silly question....

Does it work now ?

Probably you will have to replace it, but what those pieces of plastic are, I have no idea, they MIGHT be the thingamijigs that hold the switch in and you have now snapped them off, but if you have to replace the whole switch they might be already fitted to the new one...

Do let us know, I am very curious as for French ones the surround is separate and is removed by inserting a screwdriver into a small slot below and twisting. UK ones are held in place by the small bolts one each side, but German ones I have no clue about... I thought from your picture that they would be similar to French ones, remove the cover THEN take out the switch by unscrewing but.....

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OK, silly question....

Does it work now ?

Probably you will have to replace it, but what those pieces of plastic are, I have no idea, they MIGHT be the thingamijigs that hold the switch in and you have now snapped them off, but if you have to replace the whole switch they might be already fitted to the new one...

Do let us know, I am very curious as for French ones the surround is separate and is removed by inserting a screwdriver into a small slot below and twisting. UK ones are held in place by the small bolts one each side, but German ones I have no clue about... I thought from your picture that they would be similar to French ones, remove the cover THEN take out the switch by unscrewing but.....
Of course they work silly, I would have said it they didnīt and asked for more help. The things I do for you, just switched off leclic and removed both covers on one switch to show you inside.
Inside looks like this and I donīt think those bits contribute to the working of the switch.

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Next job will be the boiler.

Itīs amazing what Vinegar essence can do, Yesterday I used it neat to clear more scale and now the reservoir is clear so no more water in the bucket.
When the boiler/heating can be turned off I will undo it all and give it a good clean, no need to pay a heating engineer tens of € to do that job.


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