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Old 03-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Trying to change light socket. The old socket however does not have screws holding the wires. Never seen that before. Do I just cut the wires? Dumb question I know

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Why are you changing the socket? Is an edison socket or fluorescent socket?

If pin style fluorescent....you still have a ballast up inside. Hard to tell from the pic but it looks like you pulled it out of a recessed can.

Edit: You must have posted the pic while I was typing....

So...is it an Edison socket?
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Why are you changing the socket? Is an edison socket or fluorescent socket?

If pin style fluorescent....you still have a ballast up inside. Hard to tell from the pic but it looks like you pulled it out of a recessed can.
Yes, from a can. wanted to put in a pendant type light. Thought it would take 5 mins...

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Nothing takes 5 min....hell, it takes that long to go get a beer, open it and drink it while you comtemplate the next project......

Cut the wires and wire nut in the new socket....or, trace back where the wires go and pull new wire....

Looking at those wires, I bet they don't go far.....I personally would want to go back to the source....
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Nothing takes 5 min....hell, it takes that long to go get a beer, open it and drink it while you comtemplate the next project......
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Cut the wires and wire nut in the new socket....or, trace back where the wires go and pull new wire....

Looking at those wires, I bet they don't go far.....I personally would want to go back to the source....
Alright, that's kind of what I figured but wanted to see if I was missing something with the old socket first. Never seen that before (in the 2 sockets I've changed before :p) Thanks.
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As long as the wire insulation is OK I would not worry about pulling new wire through. That stuff is a nightmare to get new wires through and you will need more than one beer to get you through the project.
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Nothing takes 5 min....hell, it takes that long to go get a beer, open it and drink it while you comtemplate the next project......
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If it takes you that long you are doing it wrong.
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If it takes you that long you are doing it wrong.
But I drink good beer.....one must take the time to enjoy it......

Besides....it's no fun falling off the ladder....
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But I drink good beer.....one must take the time to enjoy it......
Me too.....but afterwards there aren't any ladders or power tools involved...beer time is off time, not work time.
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Me too.....but afterwards there aren't any ladders or power tools involved...beer time is off time, not work time.
Very very very true.......

That is when you sit back and enjoy the results (or hate) and plan the next days work.....
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Very very very true.......

That is when you sit back and enjoy the results (or hate) and plan the next days work.....

I see you have "been there, done that"
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I see you have "been there, done that"
Yep....hence the phrase...

"You learn by your mistakes"......

That is why I'm so bloody smart......
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Apparently I'm still learning "cause I ain't that smrt."

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