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Removing Stuck Light Bulb

How do you get a light bulb out of the hood of a stove? It is completely stuck.

Thanks,
Ginny

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Removing Stuck Light Bulb

As there's no other feedback yet, and I can't think of an easy method(!) I'll offer the only method I can think off. Make sure the power is unplugged, cover the bulb with a cloth and smash it. This will expose the metal socket part so you can grip it with pointed pliers and twist and pull until you get it out. This method would only be a last resort obviously! Do you know what is holding it in? If its a bayonet fitting it will need to be pushed inward before turning anti-clockwise. If you get a replacement bulb you will be able to check the fitting type out. The manufacturer may have a website you can contact for advice. (07/13/2004)

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By Jo

Removing Stuck Light Bulb

I found this at This Old House: When a burned-out bulb is stuck in its socket, your only option is to turn it until it either unscrews or shatters. First, unplug the fixture. Then, wearing leather work gloves and safety goggles, carefully twist the bulb until it loosens. (Cover it with a rag for extra protection.) If it shatters, remove the glass shards. Then unscrew the base of the bulb by firmly pressing a raw, un-peeled potato or a bar of soap into the socket and giving it a good twist. If the spud or soap slips, press it in harder and try again until the base breaks free. (07/13/2004)

By Dan>

Removing Stuck Light Bulb

Heloise (from hints from Heloise) says not to use a potato as they have juice in them, Instead press a bar of soap onto the bulb. (07/13/2004)

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Removing Stuck Light Bulb

Try spraying a bit of WD-40 around the socket/bulb connection . Be sure the power source is off. (07/13/2004)

By Linda

Removing Stuck Light Bulb

My thought was WD40 too. Soap sounds like a good idea. If you use pliers or any metal tools make sure you are wearing shoes with rubber souls and the pliers have insulated handles. And yes, be sure the power source is off! (07/14/2004)

By Anne H.

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