Some day when you get a metal filing,piece of glass or just scratch your
cornea doing general stuff, then you will understand.
If you think it's stupid to wear safety glasses doing this then you should
really get off knowing I sometimes wear safety glasses even when painting.
Not because of paint. Because of bushes & shrubs.
You need to experience (and probably will with your comment) day 1 of a
Lots of good recommendations given.
Don't even bother taking precautions in case the bulb breaks. Break it in
something right off while you 100% know and expect it.
Knowing that it might break while concentrating on something else isn't
good enough. Remember, it's gonna break and implode/explode a bit.
A LOT of suggestions about breaking the bulb and using pliers to remove
the base. But if you try this, you'll never use pliers again. When a
bulb breaks and leaves the base in the socket, use another bulb. Push
the bulb base into the broken base and keep pressure on it while
unscrewing. The new bulb base exerts pressure over the whole surface
of the old base, giving enough friction to break the old base loose.
Especially good for deep recessed lamps like floodlights where you
don't have room to manipulate pliers. And it keeps your hands off the
metal portion of the socket.
Wow - sounds like a great idea. Kind of like pliers, except with a
fragile glass handle that's harder to control, and no real grip or
leverage on the old base! You probably shouldn't wear gloves, because
they could keep you from feeling your progress, and you probably
wouldn't want safety glasses either, because they could interfere with
your vision. And be sure to stand on a rocking chair or a swivel stool
to reach the broken bulb. Don't bother turning off the breaker,
either, because who wants to walk all the way down to the basement?
Turn the power off, break the bulb, and then jam one leg of a pair of
needle nosed pliers between the remains of the bulb and the socket.
Now twist the pliers like you are opening up an old fashioned can of
tuna. The remnants of the bulb should tear and start to wind up on the
nose of the pliers.
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