Do You Need a Special Tool for Removing Light Bulbs?


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For normal light bulbs, there is usually no special tool required to remove them. For a stuck light bulb, 2 feet of duct tape creates handles to help remove it. Also, a stuck or broken bulb requires the repairman to wear thick leather gloves and safety goggles.

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Some hardware stores sell special broken bulb extractors with rubber tips that help extract the base of the bulb. A pair of needle-nose pliers also helps grip a broken bulb and allows the repairman to turn it. An unpeeled and uncooked potato also helps extract a broken bulb from a socket. For this method, repairmen must peel a cylinder shape into the spud that fits into the bulb, and then use the unpeeled part of the potato to grip and remove the bulb.

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