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Old 08-16-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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...but can't get the cover off LOL

Maintenance man has tried. Several friends have tried. We've tried twisting, lifting, pressing, pushing, sweet talking. No luck. It's not stuck - it moves a little. Just can't figure how to get the darn thing off.

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How hard is it to just press on the side of the cover to allow it to drop. That is how they are made for the light lens to be removed. As for your maintenance man, if he can not get that cover off as simple as it is, I would not be calling to fix anything.

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If you push the lens up into the housing, does it expose any hardware? It would have to lift at least 1 1/2".
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When I scroll in on that top left corner of the fixture, it looks like a hinge. Meaning that panel swings open.

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When I scroll in on that top left corner of the fixture, it looks like a hinge. Meaning that panel swings open.
That is actually the seam, when they form it on a press.
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Zoom in on the second picture. There isn't one on the right.
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Pull the white housing straight down. There's probably 2 sets of spring wires that go into the house in the ceiling. Sort of like the cover of a bath fan. Once dropped, squeeze the wires together to release it from the ceiling housing.
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Pull the white housing straight down. There's probably 2 sets of spring wires that go into the house in the ceiling. Sort of like the cover of a bath fan. Once dropped, squeeze the wires together to release it from the ceiling housing.
I agree.
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Zoom in on the second picture. There isn't one on the right.
That would be because when it starts out as a flat piece of metal, they form it into a open faced box, with lips on the bottom and top faces, which ends up being one seam. They usually leave a lip that allows a spot weld to hold the whole contraption together.
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Ron, that lens should have a flat face, that holds it around that lip on the metal frame. It is enough that it holds it, but you can press on the side or slide over enough to allow you to remove.
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I agree.
Instead of agreeing, go try it. Got a step stool? That ain't no spot weld, but a hinge. Open that and the grey panel slips out for access to the light bulbs.

But I'm not there to actually see it.
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You know tizzer, after I looked at it in paint, that does appear to be a hinge on that second picture. Did not look at it before, due to was looking at the post on the phone, which did not show it well.
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I think Tizzer might be on to something.

When I try to zoom in, the picture pixelates too much to see it clearly, but it sure looks like that top right corner is more than just a bend.
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How'd the fixture cover go?

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