Remodeling an older house and am trying to remove this bathroom light fixture without damaging the wallboard. Rectangular, horizontal fixture, 3 sockets across. seems to be an open-sided metal box with wood trim around the front. Top and bottom slide into the wall cavity between 2- 2x4's. I can only get it to pull out about 1 1/2 inches. No spring tabs that I can feel and no lip on top or bottom. Tried using a putty knife along the edge but no luck. Sockets don't unscrew to allow it to come out and there are no screws around the edges. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks

no brand name. probably from the 80's

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Is there a metal shell around each socket? Pull each shell outward to remove it from the socket. Then you should be able to remove the rectangular cover plate, after which you'll see all the connections and mounting screws.

  • my first thought. they don't pull or twist. the fixture itself doesn't appear to be fastened to the wall, at least not with screws.
    – user76732
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 21:29
  • If brute force doesn't work, use more!
    – Jonathan J
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 18:57

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