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Christopher
Can't figure out how to remove/replace this exterior light
Christopher

This plastic piece of crap is next to my back door, and I'd like to replace it with something much more attractive. The two spherical knobs turn screws which I've completely unthreaded, and I can move the fixture around now, but it's still not coming loose with moderate amounts of pressure in any direction. Does anyone have a tip on how to remove this thing? Thanks!

Jack
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Jack

Remove the two screws. Look inside to see if there is a clamp on the wiring. Next use a utility knife to cut the caulk and paint stuck on the base.

Jack

dj1
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dj1

Switch to LED porch light, there are many bright and miser LED fixtures to choose from.

If the screw cap won't turn, saw them off with a hacksaw - but turn the power off first.

Fencepost
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Fencepost

The two knobs are actually cap nuts on the ends of screws that come from the inside, attached to a fixture mounting bar. Once you've unscrewed them out as far as they will come, unscrew them some more. You may need to use a pair of pliers on the knobs to get them off of the ends of the screws.

Failing that, destroy the fixture. It's past the end of its useful life, anyway. A hand saw just above or just below the screws will make quick work of removing enough of the fixture so you can see what you're dealing with.

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Replacing your porch light with a security light is an easy afternoon project. Outdoor security lights use infrared or microwave sensors to light up

Christopher
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Christopher
Fencepost wrote:

Failing that, destroy the fixture. It's past the end of its useful life, anyway. A hand saw just above or just below the screws will make quick work of removing enough of the fixture so you can see what you're dealing with.

Thanks, not sure why I didn't think of that!

johnmeto, I have a broken fixture on my garage that I am hoping to replace with a motion sensor light.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
HydePark wrote:

Thanks, not sure why I didn't think of that!

johnmeto, I have a broken fixture on my garage that I am hoping to replace with a motion sensor light.

Sometimes the simple things slip our minds. Before hacking into it with a saw, I'd go after those thumb nuts, which are probably rusted. What should happen is that the screw they are on will back out with the nut until the head of said screw comes into contact with the attachment plate of the fixture, once there you should be able to either keep twisting the nut with pliers to remove it or snap off the screw OR you'll be able to get side cutters or a hacksaw under the nut cut the screws off. Don't worry, new screws and likely a new mounting plate will be included with your new fixture.

Don't pay any attention to johnmeto, he's a spammer with nothing to add to any topic of conversation. In fact, he will never be back to read anyone's comments.

ed21
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ed21

Don't forget to turn the power off before you start your demolition.

keith3267
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keith3267

If you have a pair of needle nose pliers, push the fixture back in place against the wall, then pull out the cap nuts and slip the needle nose pliers up behind the cap nuts and grip the stud. The unscrew the cap nut, you might need another pair of pliers to do this. If the cap nut is really rusted on bad, then you could spray under the cap nut with PB Blaster, Seafoam or other penetrating oil. Or use a hacksaw or even heavy duty side cutting pliers.

dj1
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dj1

A hacksaw is handy in cutting rusty bolts, nails and screws.

Toilet hold down bolts.
Kitchen and bath rusty faucet bases (some may require a recip saw).
Fence bolts.
Pipes of all kinds.
Wood trims.
And more.

However, when using a hacksaw, try not to damage what ever you want to keep.

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