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Old 01-07-2009, 11:43 AM   #1
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I know there is the old potatoe trick, but other than that what are the best methods of removing a broken bulb from a lamp holder (after killing the power first)?

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I know there is the old potatoe trick, but other than that what are the best methods of removing a broken bulb from a lamp holder (after killing the power first)?
I just grab onto the edge with some needle nose and turn. If it is a really hard socket to get it out of, I will crush in the sides of the bulb base, then use needle nose or linemans to rotate it out.

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i once heard you can jamb a potato in there and turn make sure no power
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Needle nose and finesse.
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If you can't get it with plyers you can cut a potatoe in 1/2 and use that.
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It's potato, dammit


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If it is too tight for pliers then a potato is not going to work.
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If it is too tight for pliers then a potato is not going to work.
Damn skippy! And if neither work, leave the potato in place and turn it on. The flames will loosen the shell.
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I've also found that if you grab the edge of the metal lamp plug with the needle nose pliers, you can tear the metal and actually peel the male plug from the female socket from the inside of the female socket, sort of like peeling an orange, in reverse.
The plug gives up after you peel back about 1/3 of the mating plug threads.
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A pair of needle nose pliers stuck in the base then opened. Keep force on them to keep them tight against the side while turning. My shop teacher showed us that trick.
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A little WD 40 makes turning easier. It may also help prevent the new bulb from breaking the next time.
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A little WD 40 makes turning easier. It may also help prevent the new bulb from breaking the next time.
I don't know if using a flammable liquid in a lamp socket is a good idea or not. But, once you get the broken lamp out, a little antioxidant paste would be a better non-stick agent.
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A little WD 40 makes turning easier. It may also help prevent the new bulb from breaking the next time.
Im not sure how spraying wd 40 on a light bulb is going to stop my son from throwing something at it... maybe if i spray it in his eyes instead then he cant see to throw anyting at it!



I tried the needlenose pliars but no dice, there is only a small teenie tiny bit of metal showing. But I am going to try the other way suggested to open the needlenose on the inside and hold them open...

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