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Old 07-02-2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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Replacing pot lights


I just moved into a 30 yr old house and I've been in full-tilt update mode until yesterday. I've got an issue with some old pot (can) lights I'm trying to replace over both upstairs showers.
The crawlspace in the attic is too tight to get to them from above so I have to work from below. The problem is the lights are old and not rated to come into contact with insulation. When installed they put a small cardboard box over both and covered w/ blown insulation which I've read is a fire hazard.
Since the metal light frames are nailed to the studs I can't remove them from below and the opening won't allow me to slide the replacement pot lights through.

Any thoughts on what I can do?

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When installed they put a small cardboard box over both Thanks!
Sheeesh

I had the same problem but it was on the main level with no access from up top. I just shut off the power and hammered away at the fixture enough to get at the braces. Then I cut them with a hacksaw and bent them out of the way.
It would have been cheaper for the customer if she had just let me cut the drywall out and replaced it but she hated the thought of dust.
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Thanks for the info... I had thought about cutting the frames out just wasn't sure what I could use in a 6" hole that'd be effective. I tried a pair of metal snips but can't get enough leverage... a hacksaw might work if I can find one narrow enough.
I'd also thought about cutting a hole in the drywall but I'm a HORRIBLE drywall finisher. Think I'd do more damage that way.
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