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Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2012
10:51 AM

Post #9321991

As I was trying to replace a light bulb, the threaded base separated from the bulb and now it is stuck and I cannot remove it. Any help here?
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #9322167

Here's a video for you using pliers and an alternative method using a potato.

Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9322545

If its just a standard incandescent bulb, turn the power off and pry it out with needle nose pliers.
Corvallis, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 3, 2012
1:21 AM

Post #9323345

Prying it out can damage the socket.

Using needle nosed pliers, it is usually possible to bend the lamp base slightly, then turn the base in the socket.

A large eraser will work, so will a piece of crushed newspaper or a chunk of dry sponge.

Use your imagination. On occasion, when there was no broken glass I have even just pressed two fingers against the lamp base and turned it out that way. But be careful that your fingers don't slip, or you might cut them.

Missouri City, TX

November 6, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9325894

And when replacing the bulb - spray a bit of WD40 on the new bulb base, or smear a bit of dielectric grease on it - doesn't take much. Will prevent corrosion next time.
Corvallis, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9326892

I wouldn't use WD40, as it is flammable. But a TINY amount of petroleum jelly has worked fine for me in outdoor fixtures. I have never had a problem indoors.
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 9, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #9329178

Thanks, all.
Got it out
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 9, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9329223


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