The house I just moved into has a tall (two story) front entrance with a
porch light suspended by a chain and hanging about 11ft off the ground. It
has three candelabra lights and two of them are burnt out. My standard step
ladder is too short and I have no way to reach the fixture. The fixture is
open at the bottom but only about 5" in diameter and the bottom has a base
that holds the light sockets and looks as though it could swing freely
within the overall glass enclosure. Is there some trick to replacing the
bulbs in these fixtures? If not then what a poor design this is to require
such a tall step ladder to get to it. The bulbs are oriented pointing up
(ie base down) so I can't use a pole and attachment to unscrew the bulbs
from below. I've never had a porchlight like this and wonder what the trick
I don't think there is a trick, other than the fact that you need a taller
stepladder. Hanging the fixture any lower would probably make it easy to hit
and break it. There are times and situations in a house where everything
cannot be done with what you have on hand, requiring additional
tools/supplies to do the job. There are probably other areas of the house
that requires a tall ladder.
Is there a second floor window available and enough slack in the chain
so that you can extend a long stick with a hook at the end to grab the
chain and gently pull the chandelier in? Don't lean out too far :-)
Is there a pair of posts nearby? If you are that lucky, you may be able to
use a stepladder to temporarily put a long 2x4 between the posts so you can
put an extension ladder on the 2x4. Should this be an option, be careful.
Depending on the length of the 2x4, it could snap in the middle under
certain conditions like height of cross, your weight, bouncing and
especially if there's a knot or defect. You could double up screwing 2x4 to
posts then another 2x4 to the first. No extension anyway ladder right?
An 8' should give the avg max safe work height of 12'. 8 footers are not
that expensive new. Often on sale. Once you go to 10', prices jump at a
steeper rate. Pop for the ladder. Bulbs are gonna blow as long as the light
works. You'll find other uses for it anyway. Make sure you get the right
ladder rating for your weight.
Third option is to mooch from new neighbor.
I've been looking around for a "ladder enabled" neighbor in favor of option
3. No luck so far. I guess a step new ladder could be in order since my
6footer is too short for the porch light. The other problem is an 18ft high
flood light under the corner roof that I'd like to change to a motion
sensitive unit. Of course my exstension ladder doesn't reach that. This is
Not there's no railing or window or anyother handy way to get to the porch
light. Maybe I'll just get a long extension ladder and try to use it for
both the floodlight and the porchlight but that's $200-$300. The other
problem with that is the large glass window (at the top of the two story
foyer and of no help at all in getting to the light) that leaning a ladder
against might break.
Safely? I don't think so unless there were a 4x8 sheet of subfloor laid
over it. This would cost maybe 1/3 the price of an 8'er. He's a
homeowner. He needs and will need for a long time an 8' er. "Safely
teetering" around on blocks with ladder legs is an oxymoron. You can even
omit the "oxy".
No but Jeezus Kee-rist. You're making such a big deal out of this. Get
a grip on reality.
Any sane reasonable person would say, "I need a taller ladder," then
go out and buy a taller ladder. Not you. "This is crazy... crazy...
Uh, you can RENT ladders pretty cheaply for a day, if you have a way to
haul them. I have a 24' class 1a- longer than I really need, but it was
60 bucks cheaper than the 16' from the same manufacturer. Go figure.
If there is no place to lean an extension ladder, and you can't reach
from an 8' stepladder, a couple of sections of scaffold would be tall
enough. I agree- change the fixture to a guyed pendant with
downward-facing bulbs you can change with the pole gripper. Life is too
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