Now, I know you are all panicking. “Kirstin, no!” you are thinking. “How will you turn off the light? Will you have to go in the bedroom closet to turn it off!?” Fear not my friends.
Switches and outlets have holes in the back to feed wires into. It makes it faster, less likely the wires will fall off when you try to shove the switch back in the box. If you use these holes, remember to tightened the empty screws anyway. Unfortunately, my old house has thicker gauge wire, so the holes are too small for me. So I must use the hook and catch method. Using this method is annoying
Replacing a switch is actually a really simple task. Less than an hour’s work. As long as the box is in good condition. If it isn’t, things get complicated really fast.