Turn off the power at the breaker. Then turn it off again. Get
yourself a long fat carrot. If part of the old filament is still
sticking up from the socket, cut a notch in the end of the carrot to
clear it. Jam the carrot into the socket and unscrew it. Potato works
even better, but probably isn't long enough.
If that doesnt work, just take a long screwdriver, slide it between
the bulb base and socket, and twist. Do this in several places until
the bulb base is crumpled enough to fall out.
I had another idea, hopefully not too harebrained. I could use a
flexible shaft attached to my handheld drill to apply a torque
inside the socket. The only problem is finding a suitable drill
attachment to transmit the torque from the end of the flexible
shaft to the inside of the socket. The only thing I can think of
is something like a drill "socket wrench" attachment whose outer
diameter is slightly smaller than the inner diameter of the sheared
off bulb thread, with a rubber band wrapped around the outer rim.
(Hopefully the rubber band would produce enough traction to twist
the bulb thread.) If anyone can think of a better drill attachment
for this strange task please let me know.
NOTE: In my address everything before the first period is backwards;
and the last period, and everything after it, should be discarded.
My favorite tool for that is needlenose pliers, with electricity shut
off, of course. Since you cannot access with pliers, I would search the
kitchen drawer for a suitable tool.....a couple of wooden chopsticks
stuck at angles into the socket, some pressure, twist. Could work. I
can't cook, but that kitchen stuff sure comes in handy :o)
And it's painfully obvious you're not part of America; and you
must be wayyy into the outback in nz too. Your sig's right; you
are definitely backwards.
: > I was doing a routine lightbulb replacement in the recessed
: > fixture in my entrance hallway when the top of the bulb
: > off cleanly from the threaded metal part. Great.
: > I yanked off the bulb, but now the metal part is stuck in
: > so I have a useless fixture. This would be a pain under any
: > circumstance, but the fact that the socket is recessed makes
: > impossible to stick a pair of pliers in there to attempt to
: > the metal part.
: > The housing for the fixture is attached to the socket, so
: > I managed to pry it out, I still would not be able to access
: > socket with pliers. I suppose I will have to pull the
: > cut the wire, and replace it with a new housing, splicing the
: > coming off the new housing into the cut end.
: > Am I on the right track here? If so, what do I have to do to
: > the housing. After working at it for a while I didn't get
: > far at all. One would think that one has to rip the ceiling
: > get that housing out, but I can't believe the system would be
: > stupid.
: > How does one fix a situation like this, without ripping out a
: > chunk of ceiling?
: > Thanks!
: > kj
: > --
: > NOTE: In my address everything before the first period is
: > and the last period, and everything after it, should be
I did a brief google search; here was a different idea:
Take a bar of soap and insert the corner into the socket. Give it a few
turns and that base will unscrew. Make sure that the soap is dry and that
the power is turned off.
Dude, did you get your bulb out yet?
A few ideas for you.
1. Get a plumbing test plug at the hardware store that will fit into a
light bulb base. They have an expandable rubber housing that is
adjusted with a nut on the top. I'm not sure if they make them that
2. Epoxy and a fat bolt. Glue the threaded end of the bolt in the
socket and use a socket wrench on the bolt head when it's dry.
3. Get a wooden dowel the same diameter as the socket, cut it in half
lengthwise. Insert both halves into the socket and wedge open it with
a lag bolt inserted into the cut. Turn the dowel (not the bolt) Be
careful when wedging it with the bolt, you will be tightening the base
as you turn it. Also be careful you don't expand the socket out of
4. Try using right angle snap ring plyers. You can find them in any
5. Mud over the recess hole with joint compound and light the room with
a desk lamp.
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