Problem removing outdoor light from wall

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Problem removing outdoor light from wall

I want to replace an outdoor wall light but I cannot remove it from the wall. It is a modern stainless steel lantern on an arm with a circular base attached to the wall. I assumed that undoing the two bolt heads on the base would release it from the backplate but it does not. There must be some other mechanism keeping it attached. What could that be?
 
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Old 10-24-13, 12:25 AM
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Welcome to the forums from the UK.

Without seeing a picture of the fixture we couldn't even hazard a guess.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Thanks PJmax. When the sun is up here I will add a photo.
 
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Here is a photo of the light.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 05:18 AM
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The stanchion against the wall should allow it to be pulled away from the wall. Could it be corrosion or caulking that is making it stuck? The only other thing I can think of is that the wiring is so short that no slack is available. But then it could hardly be installed without some slack.
 
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Yes, corrosion or sticky rubber seal could be the problem. Before I apply reasonable force I need to know if it is intended to simply pull away from the wall. Maybe there is some kind of catch mechanism which needs to be rotated to free it from the backplate. In that case applying force away from the wall would not be a good idea. Trying to rotate it would also be a bad idea if it is not intended to rotate! I am hoping that someone has fitted this make/model of light and will know the answer.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 06:17 AM
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Try going to the manufacture web site. They might have an installation sheet on line that will show you how it was installed. Assuming you know the manufacturer.
 
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That's a cool looking fixture

Those two nuts are all that should hold it. There is most likely paint or caulk holding the plate to the wall. I wouldn't recommend spinning it as that will most likely cut the wiring.

You may need to use a screwdriver or putty knife to break the plate loose.
 
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I wonder if pulling the bulb out and giving the base a light (very) tap with a rubber mallet might help? Assuming of course that it's paint holding it to the wall. Hopefully this would release it without wrecking the paint job as well. (painters being protective of paint jobs here!)
 
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Old 10-24-13, 01:11 PM
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The two small nuts on the round plate are all that should need to be removed. Caulk may be holding the fixture.
 
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