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Cat light switch covers

Cat light switch covers

Cat light switch covers.

This guide should help you create a switch cover that isn’t just functional, but also looks gorgeous. If you’re familiar with installing switches, you might want to skip this article, but if you’re new to the world of interior decoration and need some advice, read on.

How to Paint Switch Cables

If you choose to paint your switch covers, you can do so yourself with either a brush or sprayer. We recommend buying your switch covers already primed, so all you need to do is spray paint them.

Paint is a messy business, so use a large area to prevent mistakes.

Brush painting is a little less risky, but can still be more time-consuming. We find that most people prefer the sprayer method, but if you’re determined to paint with a brush, be sure to use the right technique and quality paint.

Painting Switch Cables

Use the diagram below to plan out your painting project. This guide can help you figure out the correct painting angle, but if you don’t have access to a drafting table, go to your local handyman and ask for help.

We are using a 6-inch long steel switch assembly, and you can see our finished switch covers in the image above.

If you’re using a different length of wire, use a measuring tape to draw a similar rectangle and cut off the excess.

After measuring your switch and drawing a rectangle around it, you can get started painting.

Start by painting the area around the switch (see image above). As you can see, we used one small brush, but it’s important to use the right size brush and hold it right.

If you’re using a brush, use the edge of the brush to scrape off any paint residue, and don’t let the paint dry or it will start to chip. You can also use your finger to rub off any excess.

Use the same technique to paint the underside. Be sure to paint both sides of the switch so it’ll look finished.

Painting the Switch Plates

Next, it’s time to paint the switch plates. Use the diagram below to decide which plate should be painted first.

Start by painting the top plate (see image above). Because the plates are angled, a high quality paint brush works best.

Once you’ve painted the top plate, paint the middle and bottom plates, too. Remember to apply the same paint to both sides.

Painting the Plastic Parts

Finally, we painted the plastic parts of the switch. Again, you’ll need a high quality paint brush, and follow the steps below.

Hold the brush at a 90-degree angle to paint the plastic.

Be careful to not hit the contacts directly as they are a high-tension component.

Painting the Button

The final step is painting the button. For this step, we recommend a spray can and a stencil. (You can find your stencil below.) Spray the entire button, being careful not to let the stencil touch the paint.

It’s okay to use a stencil for this step.

You can use a stencil for painting the button.

Once you’re done painting the button, wait 24 hours and do one last test to ensure that it works.

You’ll need a multimeter and a soldering iron to test your finished switch.

Check the Switch

First, plug in your wall plug. If the switch works, you’ll see a red LED on the switch, which indicates that the wall plug is connected.

You’ll see the green LED when the switch is not in operation.

Second, you’ll test the switch to make sure that the switch’s contacts are making and breaking contact with the wires, and that it’s working.

Plug the multimeter into one of the wires coming out of the switch.

Measure how much voltage is on the multimeter, using the red and black wires.

You should be seeing 120 volts.

Unplug the wall plug from the switch.

Turn on the switch and measure again.

You should still be seeing 120 volts.

That’s it! Now, the switch is working. You’re done!

Testing the Switch

You can test the switch by flipping it on and off. The switch should work.

Flip the switch.

You can also test the switch by using a multimeter to measure the current flow from the switch.

Plug the multimeter into one of the wires coming out of the switch.

Turn on the switch.

Measure the current flow.

You should be seeing 1 amp.

If the switch is making and breaking contact and moving current in the direction you want, it’s working.

Testing the Indicator Light

Next, you’ll test the switch by shining a light on the LED indicator. The switch should work!

If the switch works, the LED will light up. If the switch doesn’t work, the LED won’t light up.

Light the LED.

That’s it! The light should work. You’re done!

Testing the Receptacle Cover

Now that the power switch works, you’ll test the switch on the receptacle cover.

Unscrew the receptacle cover, and remove the cover plate.

Test the switch to make sure it works.

Turn the cover plate over.

You’ll be able to see the wires that connect to the switch.

Now connect your multimeter.

Turn on the switch.

The switch should make and break the circuit.

Flip the switch.

You’ll see the red color of the wire on your multimeter.

Your switch should work!

Summary

Congratulations! You’ve now learned how to connect a power switch to an LED.

Now you know how to use the components that you’ve used in this project, and now you know how to hook those components up to make an electrical circuit.

Remember: the circuits in this book are explained with real diagrams. There are no illustrations, so you won’t have any drawing skills in the future.

Make sure you practice the circuits in these step-by-step directions before building your own projects.


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