Removing and reinstalling an old recessed light

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Old 05-18-11, 08:09 PM
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Removing and reinstalling an old recessed light

I have a series of old recessed light and a few of them I had to remove the can to get at the electrical box in there.

When I push the can back into the original metal frame, the can does not stay snug up there but slid down an inch.

I then removed the can, use a plier to extend out the three small "fins" around the frame. Pushed the can back up and it stayed.

However, are the fins supposed to align with the three "slits" in the can (see last picture)? or is it better for the fins to just push against the side of the can wall?





 
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Old 05-18-11, 08:23 PM
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The tabs just hold tension against the housing. No need to align.
 
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Old 05-18-11, 08:49 PM
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Newer cans also have short hex head screws that hold the can in place. There were none on yours? Maybe they were removed by somebody else. It looks like there may have been some at one time.
 
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