While this may sound like the beginnig of a bad joke, I cannot for the
life of me, unscrew one of the burned out bulbs in my bathroom. When
we cought the house all bulbs were already in place. Someone must have
screwed this particular bulb in slightly misaligned. I've tried, but I
am afraid to break the bulb or shatter it in my hand.
Does anybody have any tricks on how to unscrew a stuck bulb?
It's on my wife's side, so no need to hurry :)
The base of the bulb may have corroded a bit from bathroom humidity. Turn
off the circuit breaker, not just the switch. Surround the bulb with a thick
plastic bag, like a Zip Lock. Tap the bulb to break it, leaving just the
base. Using needle nose pliers, bend the metal base inward on two sides,
then grab the metal with the pliers and unscrew it. Safety goggles are a
good idea, if you're looking up at a ceiling fixture.
All good ideas. However, to avoid the problem in the future, find some
silicon grease, and wipe the threads of the bulb LIGHTLY with the
grease before putting the new bulb back in. This will keep it from
seizing up. You don't need much grease. You can get silicon grease in
any good hardware store or automotive supply house.
Others have told you how to get it out. I will make a couple of
suggestions to avoid the problem in the future.
Stop by the auto parts store and ask for a small quality of the grease
for electrical connections. It is a dielectric grease made for this kind of
problem to prevent it.
When you buy light bulbs try to get real brass bases, not just brass
colored aluminum or aluminum colored aluminum. Same goes if you replace
On Tue, 16 Jan 2007 16:47:50 -0500, "Joseph Meehan"
They used to sell this in 8 oz cans or something and it was very
expensive iirc. Now they have it in tiny foil envelopes iiuc.
There is a series of 5 or so, on their own rack, one for keeping
sparkplugs from siezing in their holes, one keep sparkplug wire boots
from sticking to the plugs, one maybe to keep disk brakes from
squeaking, one with dielectric grease, and I forget the other one.
They were a dollar last time, and one doesn't need much of any of
them. I used only half of the brake packet to do two brakes, even
though I wasn't trying to use little. I was trying to use the right
I had a Fiat Spyder --- spindle nuts were left-handed on one side,
right on the other. Rotation of wheels was such as that it would
tighten them... Also, there was a castelated nut that you dinged a lip
into to keep them on -- no cotter pin.
Not a sick joke, but more likely a subway or street car from about 50
They used incandescent bulbs for interior lighting which were LH
threaded.....to discourage their being pilfered by "bulb snatching" riders.
And, they are still available y'know...
You might be able to pull off some good gags with a couple of those bulbs.
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