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Old 01-07-2010, 03:19 PM   #1
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But if I want to change the light bulb socket, I would need to turn off the breaker which controls that location, correct? Is that enough or would I need to turn off all electricity coming into the house from outside?

I am ashamed but I am a first time home owner and am trying things on my own.

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Old 01-07-2010, 03:24 PM   #2
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Turning off the breaker that powers the light socket in question would be sufficient. Still, I like to check for voltage with a meter. If you think that you will be doing some minor electrical work in the future, invest $20 in one and keep safe and sure. I think you will be glad you did.

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Thanks for that great tip. Can you link me to one that you recommend?
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:49 PM   #4
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llckll, The Dumbest Question is the one that is not asked.


Good Advice given..........
"Turning off the breaker that powers the light socket in question would be sufficient. Still, I like to check for voltage with a meter. If you think that you will be doing some minor electrical work in the future, invest $20 in one and keep safe and sure"


Here is a link for a tester
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...7X-_-100661787
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:57 PM   #5
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That is true Mark. thanks.

I have a confession. I was trying to unscrew the light bulb socket without the breaker turned off. When I touched the live line, my screwdrivers tip exploded and melted off.

Thank God I was not injured but I definitely learned my lesson. That's why i'm on this forum.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:59 PM   #6
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So would I just stick the tester inside the lightbulb socket to check for electricity after breaker is turned off? What connections would I have to touch?
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Basically, I need to replace the entire socket cause it broke off:



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So what part or parts would I touch with the tester?
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The tab in the bottom and the threads on the side.
Careful, cause you still short out the meter lead.
Are you replaceing a single open light fixture?
It is much cheaper to replace the entire fixture than the socket.
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The tab in the bottom and the threads on the side.
Careful, cause you still short out the meter lead.
Are you replaceing a single open light fixture?
It is much cheaper to replace the entire fixture than the socket.
Meter lead? I may replace the whole thing then. Sounds easier to replace the entire thing rather than the opening.
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Sorry, I just looked at the tester and saw the confusion about a meter lead.
Sometime replace is better than repair!
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Is it difficult to replace the whole thing?
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:33 PM   #12
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What kind do you have?
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There is no need to apologize for asking any question here, no matter how elementary. It's better to ask a simple question than to hurt yourself or leave a potential safety hazard. Besides, that's why forums like this exist.

Can you post a picture of your current light fixture? Replacing a fixture is pretty easy. Normally, only two wires to connect, black and white.
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Please excuse the bad quality:





Let me know if you need clearer pictures. I'll take it from my digitial camera.
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Also, when I turn the breaker off, should I wait 5-10 minutes before starting work? Just in case there is leftover "juice" in the electrical line.

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