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Old 01-08-2009, 08:43 AM   #16
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A rubber stopper the correct size will work. My "light changing pole" that I got for my house came with several of them. (presumably for removing the bulbs you break when you're trying to install them with that darn pole!)

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Old 01-08-2009, 10:40 AM   #17
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I don't spray WD40 on the light bulb. I usually use the nozzle to place just o little toward the area on the side of the bulb where it threads into the socket after turning off the power. Then I use needle nose pliers. I have done this several times with no problems. I was just trying to help you. Safety is nothing to joke about so call the 800 line ( if WD40 has one) or read product safety information to double check before using WD40 near lightbulbs. Maybe I was just lucky that it worked very well for me.
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I don't spray WD40 on the light bulb. I usually use the nozzle to place just o little toward the area on the side of the bulb where it threads into the socket after turning off the power. Then I use needle nose pliers. I have done this several times with no problems. I was just trying to help you. Safety is nothing to joke about so call the 800 line ( if WD40 has one) or read product safety information to double check before using WD40 near lightbulbs. Maybe I was just lucky that it worked very well for me.
I wasn't bustin' on you Jim. I thought you meant to leave a coating on the lamp socket so bulbs could be removed easily. Not saying it wouldn't work, just that I wouldn't trust it personally, that's all. I have used the antioxidant paste that is for aluminum service wires on flood light bulbs for this purpose. Not only is the product meant to be in intimate contact with electrical devices, it is non-flammable and keeps the lamp from stick to the socket, especially when the lamp base and socket are of different metal types.
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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...
How did opening them up inside owrk out for you andy?
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You can also try a cork from a bottle of wine.
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WD40 is great stuff for the moment but does not have lasting effects. It dries up in a few days. Things like 5-56 and others have an oil base that remains for a long time. Try this, use WD40 on a squeaky car door and in a few days it will be squeaking again.
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A new light fixture never fails to solve the problem.... and the lady of the house gets to go shopping..... It's a win win situation.
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WD = Water Displacement = not really a lubricant.
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WD = Water Displacement = not really a lubricant.
I've also heard it makes for a good fish attractant.....spray your worm and bingo instant catfish at the end of your line.
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WD and sparks don't mix. HAve heard WD is good for arthritic joints though, mineral spiits or something to that effect.

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