bulb stuck in socket !


Old 12-31-69, 05:00 PM
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If it's crossthreaded and stuck, you'll have to resort to purposely breaking the bulb so you can grab the metal base with two pairs of needlenose pliers and twist it out. Before you break it though try this.. Take a latex or nitrile glove and put it over the bulb, and using leather work gloves grab the bulb tightly with both hands and try to muscle it counterclockwise. The latex glove will help give you a better grip on the bulb because the leather will slip. Basically if this works, it'll come out. If it doesn't, the bulb will break (hence the leather gloves) and then you can just grab the base with the pliers anyway.

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bulb stuck in socket !

I think my son screwed in this bulb at a slight angle when he replaced it. It worked fine for a long time but now it went out and must be replaced again. However, I can't screw it out because it is hopelessly stuck inside the socket. How can I take it out ? It is a regular soft white 60W bulb. Thanks for your expert advice.
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Not sure where the post above yours came from but advice is good. One other thing you can do if you can't grasp the metal base is to cut a potato in half, jam it on the bulb protrusion and unscrew it. Cover the bulb with a plastic bag and gently break the bulb part off. Of course power is off at this location while you do this.
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Very interesting that I seem to have posted that reply 10 years before I was even born to a question would be asked 42 years later...
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Ya, it's got the techs [and everyone else] confused too. Were you answering post #2?
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As was said before it is the dang flux capacitor on the server. This is why you should buy American made parts.
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It is possible to gently destroy the base of the bulb with needle nose pliers. You just grab a part of the shell and twist. If anyone is old enough to remember the old cans that had the opener key, the motion is similar to that. Repeat as necessary.

Please only do this with the power off.
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