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Re: Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack

Article: 7904 of alt.hackers
From: guentbru@HERCULES.CS.UREGINA.CA (Bruce Guenter)
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Re: Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack
Date: 29 May 1995 16:35:44 GMT
Organization: University of Regina
Lines: 30
Approved: no doubt
Message-ID: 3qct50$
Status: RO

In article <3qabit$>,
Jerry Leslie <> wrote:
>First post to this newsgroup. It was this easy ?


>  The front porch light burned out. No problem, just replace the bulb.
>  No, it broke, leaving the base of the bulb in the socket, ...
>  Attempts to free the bulb base with needle nose pliers are unsuccesful,
>  making removing the fixture looking like the only way out. :-<
>  Scrounging around in the junk box, I find an old seat for the previous
>  set of bath tub faucets, with a neoprene ring on the tapered end of the
>  seat. The diameter is just right to insert into the broken bulb's base
>  and unscrew it, with the neoprene ring providing the friction.

This reminds me of when this happened to me and leads to my:


Same situation, broken base of a bulb in a socket (at a stairway, no
less).  Pliers couldn't take it out because there wasn't enough of an
edge for them to grab.  Hmmm...  Stick the pliers on the inside of the
base and push outward.  It was slow, but it worked, and there was no
way I was going to stick my fingers in the socket (the light was on 2
switches, and only one was under my control).
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