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Changing Lights 2006/12/03

Posted by Daddy Dave in hacks, Tips and Tricks.
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You know it’s winter when the lamp bulbs start blowing due to the change in pressure and temperature. They all seem to go at once. It’s weird. I have some old ceiling mounted eyeball spotlights , and they always cause problems because they are Edison Screws, rather than bayonet, so they can be really difficult to screw out — especially if they’ve been in for a long time.

[Picture 1]Anyway, I hate sweating at the top of a ladder, straining to unscrew these things, so a few years back I gave it some thought and came up with my tape-method of removing them. What you do is tear a short length of tape — it works well with masking tape and duct-tape, and stick it to the bulb as shown.

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With both ends of the tape stuck to the bulb, simply squeeze the loop together to form a handle that allows you to twist the bulb to unscrew. Dead easy!

[Picture 4]The amount of times I have amazed people with this neat trick! So when I had to change a bulb today I thought I would blog the method and share it with the world. Enjoy.

Maybe someone will make a video of this for MySpace, lol!

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