Outdoor light flickering: socket?


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Old 07-18-16, 05:02 AM
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Outdoor light flickering: socket?

I've got outdoor lights on both sides of my front door. One of the lights keeps flickering. I've checked the wiring and it is fine. The socket is kind of weathered and worn and I want to replace it. Is this usually a stock item that I will find in a decent hardware store or might it be a special order part?
 
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Old 07-18-16, 05:46 AM
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Need a picture so we can see what your seeing.
 
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Old 07-18-16, 09:38 AM
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Have you tried bending the tab at the bottom of the socket up a bit?
 
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Old 07-18-16, 11:15 AM
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Yes, I tried bending the tab but it's finicky....if I tighten the bulb just right it will turn on....if I look at it wrong it turns off. I also tried to clean it with a pencil eraser and sand paper. It's seen better days.....it's over 25 years old.
I had a similar experience with a ceiling light right above the kitchen sink.....my theory was that the steam rising from the sink hot water eventually did it in. I replaced that socket and now I have no excuse for not doing the dishes. Does my theory 'hold water' so to speak?
I'm just trying to determine if the outdoor socket is a stock part so that I can R&R the same day.
 
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Old 07-18-16, 12:20 PM
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Probably stock but without seeing it we can't say. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html
 
 

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