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FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: January 23, 2024 08:02PM
Original post: [forums.macresource.com]

First, thanks to everybody that chimed in with suggestions, you guys are the best!

Went shopping Monday and couldn’t find the WD-40 Electrical Contact locally. A really nice clerk at the ACE Hardware called her hubby who was an electrician to double check with him about what to do. No on regular WD-40 and auto electronic contact stuff. He was afraid an arc would happen when the juice was turned back on. He said to put heavy gloves on and wiggle the bejesus out of it. That didn’t work.

Step 2: did some googling and found stuff on using packing tape on the bulb and a butter knife. Put an end of a piece of tape on either side and inserted the knife in the hanging loop. Twisting a lot loosen the glass part of the bulb only and it came out in one piece without the screw in part.

Step 3: killed the juice and took down the fixture. Ended up fiddling with needle nosed pliers for awhile and finally got it out in pieces. No corrosion on the screw part so I have no clue why it was in there so tight other than dear ole Dad really cranked on it putting it in?

Step 4: had to figure out how to hold the fixture while reattaching the wires (over the sink fixture). Came up with a stack of banker boxes high enough to lay the fixture on it and attach the wires while standing upright on the counter. Yes, I used a ladder to get up and down from the sink. Juice back on and everything works. Woot!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/23/2024 08:19PM by Lizabeth.
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 23, 2024 08:04PM
....thanks for giving us the....FU.......and for getting it out......



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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: January 23, 2024 08:15PM
Good job!!

Ended up fiddling with needle nosed pliers for awhile and finally got it out in pieces.

I did that once, but I think I had to crack the bulb before.
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 23, 2024 08:28PM
Thanks for not letting us hanging.

Next time just buy a case of beer and some wings. We'll come over and get the bulb loose (no guarantee we won't destroy the house along the way).



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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: gadje
Date: January 23, 2024 09:18PM
Thanks for the F/U.

Step 2: did some googling and found stuff on using packing tape on the bulb and a butter knife. Put an end of a piece of tape on either side and inserted the knife in the hanging loop. Twisting a lot loosen the glass part of the bulb only and it came out in one piece without the screw in part.

I have no idea what you did here. Got a link? A video?
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 23, 2024 09:23PM
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gadje
Thanks for the F/U.

Step 2: did some googling and found stuff on using packing tape on the bulb and a butter knife. Put an end of a piece of tape on either side and inserted the knife in the hanging loop. Twisting a lot loosen the glass part of the bulb only and it came out in one piece without the screw in part.

I have no idea what you did here. Got a link? A video?

Sounds like taping the knife across the top of the big end of the bulb to form a T handle, and then turning that to twist the glass base of the bulb out of the threaded metal tip, hopefully without shattering the glass.
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 23, 2024 09:43PM
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Ombligo
Next time just buy a case of beer and some wings. We'll come over and get the bulb loose (no guarantee we won't destroy the house along the way).

Would love to participate in the next stuck light bulb project. big grin smiley





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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 23, 2024 11:23PM
The base was really stuck.

I would have waited for electrical contact cleaner.

It dries without residue, but some isopropyl alcohol on a cloth cloth and would salve anyone 'concerned'.

But it's over.

Without the possibility of some spray to possibly loosen the bulb, that glass was absolutely going to break.


No corrosion on the screw part so I have no clue why it was in there so tight other than dear ole Dad really cranked on it putting it in?


It doesn't take much to 'lock' an aluminum base bulb in to some fixtures.

You can feel the base dragging, not sliding along the threads of the socket.

My money is on the dissimilar textures of the metals allowing a 'bite' on the base with little torque.

The other possibility is a galvanic reaction if the base and socket are dissimilar metals, especially considering the humidity of a bathroom.

More extreme cases show signs of corrosion but I think it's possible to have some effect without obvious signs of corrosion.

So screw the bulb in lightly.

Another preventive step would be to loosen those bulbs occasionally or lightly coat the base with a dielectric grease, which is non-conductive.

That's a bit extreme but it should work.

I might check my bathroom bulbs later.






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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 24, 2024 06:23AM
excellent!
let there be light!



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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: January 24, 2024 08:10AM
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gadje
Thanks for the F/U.

Step 2: did some googling and found stuff on using packing tape on the bulb and a butter knife. Put an end of a piece of tape on either side and inserted the knife in the hanging loop. Twisting a lot loosen the glass part of the bulb only and it came out in one piece without the screw in part.

I have no idea what you did here. Got a link? A video?

Found this: [www.thespruce.com]
#6 is what I did because of the type of fixture.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/24/2024 08:15AM by Lizabeth.
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 24, 2024 08:23AM
……reminds me of the Huey Lewis song……



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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 24, 2024 09:11AM
I think I'd have just broken the bulb and gone after the base with needle nose pliers from the beginning. At least that's what I've done in the past (albeit inadvertantly). I think I also rubbed a bar of soap across the threads of the new bulb.
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 24, 2024 10:55AM
Did you remember to use Loctite on the new bulb?
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: gadje
Date: January 24, 2024 11:01AM
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GGD
Did you remember to use Loctite on the new bulb?

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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: January 24, 2024 11:13AM
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wurm
I think I'd have just broken the bulb and gone after the base with needle nose pliers from the beginning. At least that's what I've done in the past (albeit inadvertantly). I think I also rubbed a bar of soap across the threads of the new bulb.

I was really trying to avoid that because of the location above the bathroom sink in a awkward position. Next time I will just take the fixture down right off the bat (if there is a next time).

And what RAM'd said about the rough feeling when putting in a new bulb was telling.
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Re: FU on stuck light bulb in bathroom fixture
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: January 26, 2024 06:29PM
needle-nose pliers shoved into the base of a broken bulb then held open to provide enough grip to unscrew the base has worked for me.

with the power to that socket turned off, of course.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/26/2024 06:29PM by Bill in NC.
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