i don't have a lot of pictures here. apparently my handyman didn't appreciate my raw onion breath thanks to my spinach sald, so i was sent to brush my teeth + rinse my mouth out before i was allowed to help [read: take photos].
*note: this project involves electricity + we are NOT trained electricians.
step #1: TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY AT THE BREAKER.
step #2: BE SURE THE ELECTRICAL BREAKER IS OFF. TRIPLE CHECK.
|[supplies: stud finder, wire caps, screwdrivers, pliers, and a little hand saw]|
5: cut your new hole. use the new plastic gang box as a guide [you can actually re-use your existing gang box if it's in good shape] being sure not to cut the hole too big. for us, it was directly opposite the wall and a few inches over. it's important to make the new placement relatively close to the current placement, otherwise the wires may not be long enough to reach the new switch.
|[you can see the prior switch box through the new hole]|
7: with all of the original wires loose + a hole on the other end, you are ready to thread the wires out of the existing box and into the new hole.
8: once the wires are through the new hole [you may need to use a string to "snake" the wires into place so that you don't lose them through the wall], you can thread them into the new gang box. you may have to punch out a perforated hole in the gang box to allow the wires to come through--it should already be perforated for you.
9: re-attach the wires to the switch plate. refer to your photo from step #3 if need be. be sure to ground the switch with the ground wire, using a wire cap or copper clamp.
10: screw the switch to the box. attach with the switch plate cover.