how to remove old light fixture to install new one


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Old 01-22-22, 06:27 PM
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how to remove old light fixture to install new one

I can't figure out how to remove the light fixture shown in the photo. I can see that it is suspended from two points. If I look up into the holes through the tin foil and insulation, I see ends of screws; in other words, the threaded end of the screws points downward. As nearly as I can tell, the screws go through slots in a base plate and rotation of the light fixture seems to be necessary to get the screw heads, or nuts on the screws, to rotate into a position where they will come through those slots. But, I've encountered more resistance than expected and have not yet succeeded in getting screws heads to pass through slots and then drop down so that I can see, and disconnect, wiring on the fixture from wiring in the electrical box above.

I'm sure whether I just need to use more force or use a different technique to remove this old light fixture base. The fixture is in the ceiling of a room on the ground floor of a 2-story residence. So, I don't have the option to access it from and attic.

Note: I was going to post a photo but I don't see the option to do that in this case.
 
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Old 01-23-22, 05:46 AM
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Follow this to insert pictures How to insert pictures.
 
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Old 01-23-22, 07:09 AM
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Hi, remove the screws completely, then the fixture will be free.
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Old 01-23-22, 09:51 AM
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Tolyn Ironhand, I very am familiar with the procedure for adding photos. I've done it many times. But, yesterday, when I opened the Go Advanced view, the option to Manage Attachments was not there. I thought perhaps I had exceeded a limit on photos. And, Manage Attachments does not appear today when i open the Go Advanced view.
 
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Old 01-23-22, 10:19 AM
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Try using a different browser. Currently the Firefox interface is having problems.
I can't post pictures either.
Chrome seems to be working....and Edge too.
Try clearing your browser too..... CTRL+Shift+R

The type of fixture you are describing has keyed slots for the screws. Many times the original screws that come with the light are too short so longer screws with larger heads are used. Those longer screws won't fit thru the keyed hole and need to be completely removed.
 
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Old 01-23-22, 11:16 AM
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I usually use Firefox, which is the browser I was using when I had the recent problem of not getting the option to manage attachments. I just opened Edge and the option does appear there. I had over 30 tabs open in Firefox. I'll experiment with this. But, I'm glad to know I can get full functionality of doityourself.com if I use a different browser when Firefox seems to have an issue with it. I also have Chrome and Opera installed on the computer I'm using.
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Regarding the topic of this discussion thread, I think I'm going to remove the insulation on the light fixture. That will make the screws easier to see. That will probably ruin the fixture but I had no intended future usage for it.
 
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Old 01-23-22, 11:29 AM
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Also appears to be a problem with cut & paste,
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Old 01-24-22, 07:23 AM
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I did remove the insulation on the light fixture. That revealed two nuts on the screws. Removing them allowed me to remove the fixture.
 
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