I saw you mention threads in the taping off list but couldn't make any sense of it. I thought I read that wrong. alright, eagerly awaiting the pics!
Why not just put the switch in, regular-like.... can't believe that they fail so regularly.... maybe that one got torqued a bit much, or dropped on the floor, or....??
Datchew told me they just go bad--no damage required. Like Readymeal said, the heat cycles I guess eventually cause a slow drip. My oil switch did that. Luckily I got around to breaking my neutral switch the good ol' fashioned way before it had a chance to fail
edit: airhead intermediate--ha!