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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 11:46 AM
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Gah! My oven bulb has burnt out and it's stuck!
Actually, I don't know if the light bulb is stuck, because I can't get to the damn thing. The glass housing that protects the bulb is stuck, and I can't unscrew it to save my life. I've tried, my husband has tried, even my FIL tried his hand at it...

I've been ignoring this since last winter :blush:, but I do NOT want to be opening the oven or aiming a flashlight through the window throughout my Thanksgiving prep this year.

Any advice?
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 12:07 PM
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1. Have you tried WD 40
Sometimes a quick spritz will help. :shrug:
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 12:16 PM
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2. Is that okay in an oven?
I considered that, but had concerns that it might leave residue that would gas off when I turned the heat on.

If I cleaned the oven afterwards (it's a self-cleaning oven), that probably wouldn't be an issue.

I shall try it.
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 12:20 PM
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3. I think it's ok
If you're worried try a little Pam instead.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 12:26 PM
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4. From personal experience, I can advise you to NOT
use needlenose pliers to grap the metal bit around the broken bulb ...zzzztzzzzttttzzzz

Knocked me on my ASS !
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 12:33 PM
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5. Thank you!
Do. Not. Use. Pliers.

(noted)
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 01:43 PM
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6. Call a professional
I just get all wiggy where electricity is involved. The risks are never worth it.

Be careful, though, and good luck.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 04:18 PM
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11. I refuse to pay $55 to change a light bulb.
No. Won't do it. You can't make me.

I shall unplug before I play.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 05:01 PM
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13. It's a ripoff, no question
But, see, I fear electricity.

Hey, if the flashlight works, go with it. One day, someone will be at your house, and the subject will come up, and that person will say, "Oh, I know how to do that," and it'll be fixed.

That happens a lot to me. So, good luck.
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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 02:06 PM
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7. Before you spray or pull anything
unplug the damned thing. Pull it out from the wall and unplug it.

Then, feel free to fiddle with it.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 02:40 PM
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8. wise words indeed (Tab you are really nice to have around)
Glad you joined us! It's a great escape from those "mod days from hell" huh? :hug:
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 04:10 PM
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9. Or switch the breaker off for the oven.
If you don't feel like climbing behind the stove to unplug it. The stove is on its own breaker and should be marked.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 04:16 PM
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10. Our house was built in 1958
And our stove shares a breaker with the microwave, the refrigerator, the washer, the dryer, and all the electrical outlets in the back half of the house.

We're going to have the box rewired.... $omeday.


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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 04:21 PM
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12. Thanks, and will do
Then it will be safe to use my handy dandy prying tool, a.k.a. a butter knife.

/kidding
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 11:27 AM
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14. I find a butter knife handy as a screwdriver as well when necessary
butter knife - tool for the ages!

:)
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 12:54 PM
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15. Meat tenderizer mallets make good hammers too
Makes my husband CRAZY when he sees me using one :)
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 01:51 PM
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16. I call them Non-traditional tools - a shoe is a damn fine hammer also
again, when necessary.

And mine also repeatedly shows me where the "real" tools are...but dang it, I am a busy person and all! Shoe/butter knife/mallet are just TOO convenient for me to have to tromp out to the pole barn!
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 08:52 PM
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17. I keep my tools right off the kitchen for just this reason
It amazes me how often I've patted myself on the back for being able to grab a set of channel-locks or an actual hammer during the cooking process. :hi:
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