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Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack

Article: 7900 of alt.hackers
From: (Jerry Leslie)
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack
Date: 28 May 1995 17:23:41 GMT
Organization: Dynamic Matrix Control 713/313-5000
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Status: RO

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, probably
  due to some corrosion due to Houston's high humidity.

  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.

  Success !


 Gerald (Jerry) R. Leslie
 Dynamic Matrix Control Corporation                (my opinions are my own)

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