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I'm not sure how much room you have to work in, but an option would be to rent a 16 foot step ladder at your local tool rental center. If the bulbs are pointed down, maybe some type of bulb grabber on an extension pole. Got a pic of the fixture?


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Pick up a small bucket of an all purpose patch likeDap Flexall All Purpose Filler. The all purpose stuff is a little thicker than typical joint compound, so it makes filling a bit easier. Remove the switch cover. Using a taping knife, fill in the holes by pushing the compound into the hole and drawing the knife away from the hole. Like so... Repeat ...


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It looks like you've ruined it. The stranded wires (such as the black one visible in the picture) are usually permanently attached to the lamp (Inside those cloth tubes). The solid wires are your household wiring. Normally you'd attach the stranded black to the solid black with a wire nut, and the same with the whites. Then attach the bare copper ground ...


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The power (from the breaker) is likely at the light fixture. When you hook black to black and white to white, the light is powered directly from the breaker. In this configuration, when you flip the switch on you create a short through the switch. What you need to do is hook it up like this. Notice the white wire that runs between the switch and the ...


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A small scaffolding tower might be your best option. This will give you the height and safety you need. Something like this one. While it might be a bit expensive for just changing light bulbs you'll need it when you come to paint the ceiling in this room.


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Does your ceiling fan wobble? Shaking a light bulb can break the filament. See How do I balance a ceiling fan? Is your line voltage reliable? An electrician told me once that he swears by 130V-rated bulbs. If voltage surges a little, the 130V bulb will tolerate it better than lower-rated bulbs. The rating is printed on the top of the bulb. However, if this ...


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First, make sure the fixture is switched off. Using a small piece of cloth, to protect your fingers in case the bulb breaks, grab the bulb firmly near the base, and rock it slightly back and forth (left to right), so that you are alternately pulling on one pin, then the other. Once the pins start to move you will probably be able to pull it straight out. ...


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I would not recommend gluing it. If it comes off (wind, animal), it is going to likely pull the stucco off with it in which case you have a big problem and possibly costly repair. I would just use the screws since it is easier to fill two small holes then fix a large patch of stucco. Make sure to use screws long enough to penetrate the solid material ...


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Use a NCVT (non-contact voltage tester) and see which of the two wires alarms when the switch is on. That will be your black/hot wire. If both of them alarm, stop, do not pass go, something else is wrong. For the ground, you don't have one. The safest thing to do is run a whole new wire back to the panel. Anything else is "less than safest".


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Reduced Weight As you've noticed, electronic ballasts are lighter. Reduced Lamp Flicker Because the electronic ballast operates at a higher cycle rate, flicker is less noticeable. Quieter Operation Again, because of the high cycle rate, hum is reduced. More Efficient Magnetic ballasts can have losses between 5-25%, while electronic ballasts have ...


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It is generally not acceptable to have wire junctions be inaccessible. The rule of thumb is: All junctions must be in a box, but that box must be accessible - you cannot legally close a box up behind drywall. There are some limited exceptions, as noted here. You should run a new line if you don't have the slack.


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You can use something like this Wall Repair Patch to give some support to the new plaster. Cut out a square in the patch to match the size of the junction box and then put the patch in place (with the face plate off). Then apply joint compound to those gaps; the patch will give the joint compound some support. Finally when everything is dry then put the ...


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The first thing you need to understand about "allowances" on any building job is that those are usually way too low to equip the real wants of the buyer. When talking lighting, most lighting supply houses have a "spec" line of fixtures that contractors use to figure the allowance. They are typically the least expensive fixture for the application. When you ...


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I had a very similar light, and the key was this: Any upward pressure exerted from grabbing the glass created friction that made it not turn. You want to touch as lightly as you can, near the edges, and try to apply rotational energy only, with no pushing up. Unfortunately, that is roughly impossible to do if you're reaching so high that you need to ...


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After an hour of searching google Home Depot Looks like your light Taking the description from the Home Depot page, I found this PDF for installation instructions PDF Looking at the PDF and the photos, it looks like there is a white trim ring around the glass. Instead of prying from the trim that touches the ceiling, see if theres another lip closer ...


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One reason bulbs can burn out quickly is if the voltage applied to them is higher than the expected voltage (120V in The USA). Wiring problems and bad transformers can cause the voltage to be out of spec. Another reason is if there is a loose connection somewhere, and the light flickers (causing unnecessary heating/cooling cycles). A third reason is if the ...


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First measure this distance on the light base: Then check this distance on the existing bracket. (These should be the threaded holes in the bracket). If those two dimensions match then use the screws B to mount the base to the existing bracket into the threaded holes. You should be able to start the screws into the bracket and then slide the light base ...


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Start by determining which holes on the bracket, line up with the holes on the fixture... Next install screws B into those holes on the bracket, with the head of the screw facing down. Do not tighten the screws down, you want them just started in the holes. Fit the fixture over the screws, so that the screws come through the mounting holes on the ...


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Most likely the second white and second black wires are the connection to the switch itself. If so, then what you've got is power line from circuit box to light, switch line from light to switch. (The alternate method is power line from circuit box to switch, switch line from switch to light - which would have been less confusing for you but he probably ...


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A standing floor lamp that emits light up will reflect light off the ceiling and create ambient illumination. However, it won't be connected to a wall light switch (unless you have or wire a switched outlet). I actually prefer standing lamps to overhead lights, since overhead lights can create harsh shadows (especially if there's just one bright one in the ...


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Sometimes when ceiling boxes are roughed in, they use x/3 with ground cable so that they can supply 1 switched hot, 1 neural, 1 hot/switched hot, and 1 ground to the ceiling box. This allows a ceiling fan to be installed in such a way that the fan can be controlled either by a separate switch, or using only the attached pull chain. In this situation the ...


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It sounds like this is what you're describing... If this is indeed what you've encountered, you should remove the grounding conductor from the twist-on wire connector used to connect the white wires. The only place grounded (neutral) conductors and grounding conductors should be bonded (connected), is at the main service disconnect. If there are no ...


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That's a 4 way switch, not a 3 way switch (your replacement device is a 3 way). That switch is in the middle of the chain, and you need to replace it with another 4 way switch. I found a tutorial on 4 way wiring here: http://www.wfu.edu/~matthews/courses/p230/switches/SwitchesTut.html


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I'm going to take a wild guess that the previous home owner put the blanks up because they had the same problem and didn't want to fix it. You likely have a short circuit and need to track down where the short is occurring. I'd remove the bulb from the fixture, unhook each of the wires that you connected before, and use a multimeter to test for "continuity" ...


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Like shirlock holmes said, the extension pole kits work great. I had a house once with several very high ceilings, and I already had a nice paint extension handle. Bought something like below and the suction cup worked great for changing all kinds of bulbs.


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If you are spending money on renting, it could be cheaper to hire an electrician. Think of going to pick up the ladder, moving furniture, setting up the ladder, changing lamps, moving ladder / furniture to get eyeball recessed light, blah blah blah. I know this is a DIY site but sometimes you can hire a professional and get it done for not much more than ...


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I have included two images. The first identifies the wires in your current switch and the second image identifies where to put said wires. In case your wondering the "S" terminals are for slave units


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The correct answer is: Redo the wiring all the way back to the panel. The workable answer is: The wire with the black stripe on the insulation is BLACK. The other one is white. The junction box is probably not grounded, but I'd attach the ground wire of the light to the junction box anyways. Safety wise, the ground isn't entirely necessary on a ceiling ...


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That piece looks to just be a single curve (bent in a single axis), so it's possible to do yourself, but it's not necessarily the easiest thing to do, and you can get some optical distortion depending on how evenly you flex it. If I were to do it, I'd do the following: Trace the inside contour onto a piece of wood. Make multiple wood pieces, slightly ...


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The easiest thing would be a lamp with an external switch and a wireless remote control. However, if you want more traditional fixtures, one product I know if is FlatWire Lighting Wire. It's 12V low voltage and installs with a thin strip conductors you adhere to the wall. I should point out that cutting holes and running wire within a single room is ...



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