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    Install A Dimmer Switch In 10 Minutes And Feel Like A Boss

    Whatever you do, don't cut the red wire.

    So you've decided today's the day you're going to be a grownup.

    Supplies:

    Dimmer switch

    Wire nuts

    Wire stripper

    Phillips head Screwdriver

    Flat Head Screwdriver

    Grounding Wire

    Voltage Tester

    1. Go to your breaker box and turn off the switch for the light/outlet and the wall switch.

    2. Use your screwdriver to remove the light switch cover.

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    3. Use your voltage twister to check that there isn't a current running through the screws. If there isn't, unscrew the switch from its socket.

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    BuzzFeed / Nifty

    4. Unscrew the screws holding the wires in place until there is enough slack to pull the wires out. Remove all other wires so that you can remove the switch.

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    BuzzFeed / Nifty

    5. Got it?

    6. Use a wire stripper to strip the wire insulation by approximately half an inch. Bend them over so that you can curl them over the screws.

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    BuzzFeed / Nifty

    7. On the new dimmer switch, curl the green wire clockwise around the ground wire.

    8. If your dimmer switch has wires, this is going to go a bit differently.

    9. Twist the green wire on the new switch around the wire from the outlet. Cover with a wire nut or electrical tape.

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    BuzzFeed / Nifty

    10. Screw everything back into place and you're done!

    11. Watch the full tutorial here.

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