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Old 10-06-2009, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How Do Reconnect a Pull Chain from Light

My light in my laundry area in the ceiling has (or had) that metal pull chain like fans have. Well last night I pulled it, the light came on and down came my chain. What do I do now? The light has just been on ever since. If someone can walk me through it, I'm sure I can fix it. But where to start?!?
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wow.. this was just answered by some facebook friends.

Step-by-Step Instructions and Pictures for How to Replace A Pull-Chain Light Fixture | Lighting | Reader's Digest
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No need to replace the fixture. Since this is new to you, I would suggest shutting off the breaker first. Take the fixture down and unscrew the porcelin ring on the bottom. That will let you pull the guts up and you will see where the chain was connected. It probably just pulled out and will just need to be reconnected, then pinch the metal so it doesn't pull out again. reassemble and you will be good to go.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm going to disagree with Cheater here. In many cases the socket will be designed so that replacing the pull chain is impossible, and even if that's not the case it'll likely pull out again in the near future. Given that these sockets can typically be had from your local hardware store for under $10, you may as well just go ahead and pop a new one in.

I'm assuming we're talking about a typical bare ceramic fixture, something along these lines:



If you're replacing the entire fixture, Cynthetiq's link is good. If you just want to replace the socket and keep the actual fixture, though, you ought to be able to do that as well. The socket is usually held in the fixture with a plastic or ceramic nut -- it's just a matter of detaching the wires and loosening that off, then doing the whole thing backwards with the new socket.

Also, always always always trip the breaker or pull the fuse when working on anything electrical in your home. I don't care how experienced you are, and anyone with home wiring experience will tell you you're an idiot if you don't. You don't want to fuck around with this stuff. It's usually a good idea to test the leads before you get to work just to make sure, but in this case you'll know the circuit's off when the light goes out, so if you absolutely must you can skip testing and probably be okay (although I still recommend it and cannot be held responsible if you fry yourself).
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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In addition:
Wear shoes (non-conductive). Try to work with one hand only touching metal.
Use a good insulated screwdriver, not a pocket knife.
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