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I've got this lightswitch and there is a front plate and a front one - they have come attched and I cannot work out how to seperate them, so enable me to fix into place.
All the instructions say is 'put a small screwedriver into slot and ease away'. I've tried two slots and this has simply broken the metal!

Any ideas of which slot this should be??


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Just look at the plate and you can see that it is not very thick. It will split almost in the middle of it's thickness. Take the small screw driver and slip it between them and don't be gentle just push it straight in and it will split.

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