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Old 12-17-2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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The pull chain on a light fixture in the basement broke off inside the fixture. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

I have no experience with working on electrical stuff, but if there's a very simple fix I might be able to do it.

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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it depends. Some fixtures such as keyed lamp holders which is like this only it has a chain pull switch on it.



You would simply replace the fixture. They are inexpensive.

If something else, it is possible it has a switch inside that may be replaceable. Without seeing the fixture, it is impossible for me to tell from here.
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Hmmm ... that fixture looks more like a keyless type.
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Here is an example of a keyed type socket (notice the key handles):

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Mine looks like the one in the first picture.

To replace it, do I have to do anything with the wires? Or can I just replace the white part where the chain comes out? An electrician just put it in last winter, so it's not very old.

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Yes you will have to do some thing with the wires. But it is the simplest thing you can so with electric.

Be sure to turn power off. Then unscrew the old one. Note which wires are attached and where. Make sure they go to the same places on new one. Reattach to ceiling.



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Yours looks something like this?




There is not much you can do to repair one of these. You have to replace it! You should be able to purchase one at any hardware store, or home center. Just 2 connections.
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Yours looks something like this?




There is not much you can do to repair one of these. You have to replace it! You should be able to purchase one at any hardware store, or home center. Just 2 connections.
Yes you are better off just to buy a new fixture they are cheap and only 2 wires to conect just make sure you turn OFF the power when you replace with new fixture
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spend the extra $$$ and get a ceramic one, not the breakinnasecond cheapo plastic ones....
i wonder where the cheap ones are made?.....hmmmmmmm

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Hmmm ... that fixture looks more like a keyless type.
um, that is why I said:


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Some fixtures such as keyed lamp holders which is like this only it has a chain pull switch on it.
I couldn't find a chain pull fixture at the moment.

gma2rjc: on the back, there will be a silver colored screw and a brass colored screw. The neutral wire (whit) goes to the silver colored screw and the hot wire goes to the brass colored screw. When you go to tighten the fixture back to the box, do not over tighten it. They can break quite easily. Just get it a good solid snug so it does not move around and is snugged up against the ceiling or box. There is no ground screw on these to attach the ground wire to so don't ask.

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That doesn't sound so hard to do. Maybe I'll give it a try. Lowe's probably sells them. I can pick one up tonight.

Thank you!

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That doesn't sound so hard to do. Maybe I'll give it a try. Lowe's probably sells them. I can pick one up tonight.

Thank you!

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They prob have one just make sure you TURN OFF POWER
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I'll do that. Thanks for the reminder!
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