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Removing a Stuck Light Bulb?

I have a stuck light bulb that I need to remove. However, all of the solutions I've found seem unlikely to help; whenever I attempt to unscrew the bulb, the ceramic socket starts to unscrew instead. The ceramic is covered, so I can't hold onto it to keep it from moving. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with that, short of trying to take the entire fixture apart?

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February 22, 20171 found this helpful
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As always seems to be the case for me, I found the solution shortly after posing the question. Use a rubber jar opener to give the ceramic some much-needed grip, and then you can unscrew as normal. As it is, I still unscrewed the socket itself more than I would have liked, but everything managed to come back together.

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know the solution. It will definitely help future readers with the same issue.

Have a great day!

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February 22, 20170 found this helpful

Most likely it got threaded and am glad you found a solution. The only thing I could figure was to break the bulb and remove with plyers which is something I have done in the past (your method is way better)

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February 22, 20170 found this helpful

I break off the bulb. Then I use a tweeter and can get between the ceramic and the bulb to remove it.

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February 22, 20170 found this helpful

I do one of two methods. Shut off the power, break off bulb, and use pliers OR shut off the power, break of the bulb and jam half of a large raw potato into it, then turn the potato.

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Sounds weird, but it works--I learned it several decades ago in a high school shop class.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Isn't it amazing how many times we cannot solve a problem and then 'poof!" an idea springs up - and - it works.
No need to offer any more suggestions as you seem to have found the best one and thanks for posting your method as it appears to be the best one offered.

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