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Lightfixture stuck I have an outdoor light that is covered with a glass globe. To get it off the globe is supposed to be turned 1/2 a turn, but I don't know how many times in the 20 years the house is standing that the bulb inside was changed. Right now it is completely stuck. I've tried using a knife to go around the place where the globe meets the metal of the part attached to the wall. I've tried wd-40 and I've tried gentle force (repeatedly) Now I don't know what to try next as these things are still not working for me. Thanks

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Try applying a little heat. That may help free it up. If there is a rubber seal in there it will soften it up and maybe fix your problem. There's maybe a 15% chance it will work but it's worth a try.

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Lamp cord stuck

Hi Henry,
To replace the cord, you need to be able to secure the wire at the globe end, usually by screws. You need to be able to get at both end of the arms - the globe end, and the center where the arms join.
Remove the globe end where the wires attach, and see if this releases the wires. It is easier to draw wires through an arm than to push it, as the wires will bunch up.
I would use a solid steel wire - like fencing wire that is fine enough to go into the arm, and not as flexible as the copper wire for the light.
Use this to push the wires through the arm, or make a small hook on the wire so it will go through the arm, and hook onto the stuck wire to draw it out.

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I want to replace my existing single bulb porch light with a 2 bulb motion activated light. It would be operated with the existing switch. Is this ok to do?

Yes. Must keep switch turned ON.
Outdoor lights will only come on when motion is detected, otherwise light bulb does not come on. So the indoor wall switch does not work as override since the motion sensor takes over as the sole switch.
Copy following link for wiring illustrations:
Other solutions include adding separate motion sensor light nearby and keep porch light so you can turn on-off when desired.
Another option is to add photocell to outdoor light so it turns on automatically at dusk.
Another option is to use outdoor yard timer with dawn-dusk capability:
Another option is to replace indoor wall switch with with dawn-dusk timer, that can also be used as ordinary on-off switch so you can turn porch light on-off when desired. Timer such as Intermatic ST01C offers simple 2-wire connection.:

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I have installed a 2-way dimmer switch in my dining room. I was able to install it and it works great. However, on the other side of the wall where I installed the switch, I have another single way...

If I understand correctly new dimmer is in different box than outdoor switch.
And outdoor switch controls different light than new dimmer.
Both new dimmer and outdoor light are on same circuit breaker, and that breaker is not tripped.

Outdoor problem could be related if loose wire inside dimmer box also feeds over to outdoor switch. More below.
Here's how I would troubleshoot problem.
1) Check outdoor bulb(s). This step can be big time saver.

2) Pull outdoor switch out of box a bit so you can see and test wires.

3) If wires are pushed into quick connects located on back of switch, these connects get loose. Moving switch usually causes loose wire to connect again, so turn switch ON-OFF and see if outdoor lights work. Sometimes switch works fine after quick connects reconnect. If quick connects are bad, use tiny screwdriver in slot next to connect-hole to release wire. And then connect wire to screw terminals on switch. Or replace switch.

4) Turn switch to OFF, use tester and test both screws on switch to bare ground wire. Tester should light up on one screw. If tester does not light up, then switch is not getting power, and that wire has to be tracked back to see where short is.

a) Look if one of the black switch wires is connected to other switch, or connected to other black wires inside same box. This wire might have come loose.
b) Look at white wire inside same box and make sure they are twisted together and covered with wire nut.

c) Now here is where dimmer could be related ... if white wires are joined together in dimmer box, they could have come loose if they were not properly twisted together and covered with wire nut.

5) Turn switch to ON and test again. Tester should light up on both screws. If switch does not light up on both screws, then switch is bad. Replace switch.

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The wrench is for turning the motor when it has become stuck. If it's rattling, the motor isn't stuck. You need to remove the rattling piece from above. Get a flashlight and a stick with a piece of chewing gum on the end. Poke it down into the disposal until it picks up the offending item. Good luck.

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Contact a glass company, but also look for a stained-glass maker.

Stained glass is set inside a soldered frame. That person will have the tools to fix it.

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How do I know that my disposal is actually working? It sounds right but I just had a clog after the displosal and it looked like good size pieces of food were passed right thru the disosal. Is the top...

The top grinder is supposed to spin around freely.

When something gets stuck:
Turn off switch.
Stick a wood broom handle down into disposal.
Wedge broom handle against sink opening and push grinder disk until it spins freely.

If you get stuff in the disposal like broken glass:
Stick vacuum hose in and remove the glass or bones, or whatever.
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But heavier bones will not go down without considerable racket.

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My bager 5 seems locked up when you hit the switch it hums how do I get it unlocked.

One day years ago, our new garbage disposal got stuck, and started humming instead of grinding. My mom turned off the switch, then she grabbed a wood-handled broom and stuck it down in the disposal. I was wondering, what's that lady doing.

She took the wood handled broom and placed it on the disposal cutter wheel that was stuck. Then she wedged the broom against the sink opening, She pushed the cutter wheel forward until it was free. Then she showed me that the cutter wheel is supposed to spin freely even when the switch is off.

That's how I learned to un-stick a garbage disposal.

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