first time poster and home improvement newbie here, please be gentle. My husband and I are trying to replace a broken outdoor security light that was installed by the previous owner. My husband managed to get all the caulk off and can rotate the fixture in either direction, but it won't come off the wall more than an inch or two, which isn't far enough for him to get behind it to see what is holding it on there. He has removed the only bolt on the front of the fixture, and we can't find any caps or covers that might be hiding more. We have no idea how to remove this thing at this point. Any advice is welcome.

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    Hhow about taking a picture or two so we can see what you see.
    – JACK
    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 19:18
  • Yes, pic please. And don't forget that security lights are often perpetually hot, so flip the breaker. (Or the whole house if you don't know which one is which.) Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 19:56
  • @AloysiusDefenestrate Absolutely! Always a good thing to remind people! Both my husband and I had bad encounters with electricity as kids, so no worries there. Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 21:08
  • @JACK Image 1 Best I can do ATM. I have no idea what the right terminology is here, but we think the round metal cylinder part is caulked to the rest of the light, and have no idea how to remedy it. Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 21:28
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    SUCCESS!!!! We managed to get a knife in the gap and cut the cursed thing out. Commented Oct 8, 2023 at 21:40

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The light was EPOXIED into its housing (please don't ever do this) and took some serious prying to get out. Use caulk if you use anything!

  • Yeah, someone decided to make the installation rather too permanent from the sounds of things! Commented Oct 9, 2023 at 1:06

I think this is a Defiant unit, and there could be plastic caps over the screws as pictured. If not, comment back and I'll delete.

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It may also be an earlier version, in which case you might try twisting and pulling, on the notion that there's a sub-base that's actually screwed to the junction box.

  • This definitely qualifies as an answer. It may or may not be correct for the OP, but it’s an answer.
    – nobody
    Commented Oct 8, 2023 at 20:18

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