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If you don't know much about electrical wring, you probbaly should have someone qualified do it, but if you do, here are couple of different ways depending on the setup you have. POWER SHOULD BE OFF TO ALL CIRCUITS WHILE YOU ARE WORKING, ACCEPT WHEN YOU ARE TESTING FOR HOT WIRES. 1. I am assuming that the switch is single pole (has on/off printed on it. You will first have to determine if there is a hot/neutral, and a ground wire in the junction box (usually white/black(or red)/and bare wire). If there is not, this switch box does not have power to it, and is only a bypass for power coming from another powered junction box. You can also tell if this is how it is wired, if all the wires in the box were going to the switch, or if there is a white wire which has been painted black. If any of these conditions apply, you will have to actually have to run a power wire to this particular junction box. This would be worst case scenario. 2. If there is a hot,neutral,and a ground, than the process is fairly easy. All you need to do is determine which one of the (2) black wires which are going to the swith is the hot wire, and which is the switched wire. You can do this by testing each of the two wires on the switch with the switch in the off position put one wire from the tester on the white wires which are tied together, and the other wire on the black wire on the switch. You will only get a read from one of the wires, that is the hot one this wire should go to the hot side (bronze color) of the new plug, and you will have to run a single white wire from the bundle of white wires to the neutral side (silver color)on the new plug. The bare wire should get attached to the green screw on the new plug. This will either be at the top or the bottom of the silver side of the plug. The plug will now work, and can be installed in the box with a new cover plate. The only matter remaining is if you want whatever the old swith controlled to always be hot, or always be dead. (since you have no switch any more, it will have to be one or another). If you want it hot, attached the remaining black wire to the bronze side of the new plug. If you want it dead, just cap it and put some tape around it and close up everything.

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