Removing broken off light bulb

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Old 12-07-02, 03:21 PM
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Can anyone tell me how to remove a light bulb that broke off in the socket? While unscrewing it, the globe broke off and the rest of the bulb is still in there.

Please help. Thank you.
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Old 12-07-02, 03:25 PM
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Some people swear by the half-potato trick. Turn off the circuit breaker. Cut a raw potato in half. Jam the potato over what's left of the bulb, and use the potato as a handle.

Personally, I don't have much faith in the potato trick.

Turn off the breaker. Cover it with a towel and break away the rest of the glass. Use needle-nose pliers to turn the shell. Bend it up if you have to.

Turn off the breaker. Don't rely solely on the wall switch.
 
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Old 12-07-02, 05:00 PM
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John,

I just had to use the potato trick two days ago. I promise, it works. It was an old rusted out fixture on the neighbors front porch. Worked great!

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Old 12-08-02, 08:45 AM
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Thanks for the feedback Kay. I won't be so skeptical in the future.
 
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Old 12-08-02, 09:57 AM
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The rule of thumb is to still turn off the power at the breaker! I know you guys stress that, but people don't understand that simply turning off the switch isn't protection enough. I would hate to think of someone working on a socket and a child or adult throwing the switch! Scary!

I still prefer the needlenose pliers to do the job, but since this one was directly overhead and my ladder wasn't handy it was easier to waste a potato on the job than try to do the stretch act to remove it LOL.

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Removing broken off light bulb

Thank you go everyone who responded to my question. As it turned out, I turned off the electricity at the breaker and using a leather glove, I was able to grasp the center piece of glass where the filaments are attached ( I don't know what it is called) and I turned it. It came out without that piece of glass that I was holding breaking off. So, even though I had the potato with me, I did not need it.
 
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