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Old 08-13-2014, 03:57 PM   #1
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Sticky light switch

My main panel rocker switch for main light is getting really hard to push. Can I lube it with something or am I going to have to replace it.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:12 PM   #2
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Most likely replace... But you could try lubing if you can figure out where to lube, Just a drop, use a pen (one of those tube of machine oil with a needle type) to apply.
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Don't squirt it full of WD40 or similar while at the same time flicking the switch on and off rapidly with the power on. Resulting fire isn't easy to put out.

They rarely stay unstuck for long so replacement is often the least frustrating solution.
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Likely replace but many can be opened up and repaired.
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There is a product available from electronics suppliers made specifically for such things. It is called DeoxIt. It's a bit expensive, but it works great, and a little goes a long ways. I've been using it for automotive switches and contacts for years, and I have yet to use up a 5 ounce can.

I even managed to resurrect a sprinkler system controller that had been hit by lightning. The guy that services the system told me it needed to be replaced. He was amazed that it now works perfectly.

Spend the money and keep it handy. You won't regret it.

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