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I pulled the chain, switch clicked to 'off' position but never recovered. (This was last week)

That little clear plastic wheel never pulled the chain back 'up' rewinding it.

It is stuck.

Is there anyway to fix this?
.......... Like turning power off and sticking a rod up in there
and giving it a little jiggle..
or do I need to GO all the way to LOWES and BUY another switch?

I wonder if I can even just replace the switch...??:rolleyes:
The wires looked tight in the switch and the plastic casing has rivets not screws.


I am very lazy in winter :(:mad: and want to do as little as possible or I won't do it


This is a very cheesy fixture to begin with.
I don't like touching existing wire up in the ceiling, for it is so old, the insulation crumbles when replacing it into the box.


PS... u no i'm bummed out when i don't even want to go to LOWES and ask someone ;);)

This post edited by 1dogshy 04:50 PM 01/26/2008
 

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canyonfvr wrote:
put a new fixture in their cheap enough 2 screws/2 wire nuts

i like straight wiring... nuts aren't gonna heat u and be a hazard are they?
i don't like fires
 

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Carolyn,

Take everything you can off and expose the switch, then spray the heck out of it with teflon lube, make sure it says nonflammable.

If you don't have that handy, you have several other less safe options.

WD 40 or Pam cooking spray. If you choose this option, make sure the breaker is off, and make sure that all liquids are evaporated before you turn it back on.

If your in a hurry, with breaker off, use your hair dryer.


PS: Is the answer still no? LMAO


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AZFISHKILLER wrote:
Carolyn,

Take everything you can off and expose the switch, then spray the heck out of it with teflon lube, make sure it says nonflammable.

If you don't have that handy, you have several other less safe options.

WD 40 or Pam cooking spray. If you choose this option, make sure the breaker is off, and make sure that all liquids are evaporated before you turn it back on.

If your in a hurry, with breaker off, use your hair dryer.


PS: Is the answer still no? LMAO


Is teflon lube like silcone spray?
I know I got that.
First I am turning off power and sticking a wooden stick up in there to see if I can shake it loose.
If I never return...
remember the answer is No!
 

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1dogshy wrote:
canyonfvr wrote:
put a new fixture in their cheap enough 2 screws/2 wire nuts

i like straight wiring... nuts aren't gonna heat u and be a hazard are they?
i don't like fires

the wires are connected under the fixture with electrical wire nuts they will be fine they have been around for yrs
 

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1dogshy wrote:
AZFISHKILLER said:
Is teflon lube like silcone spray?
I know I got that.
First I am turning off power and sticking a wooden stick up in there to see if I can shake it loose.
If I never return...
remember the answer is No!

Telflon and silicone are similar, read the label, if it say flammable, cut the breaker and wait for the evap.

Ok I got it, NO is NO !!!!!
 

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I'm with cany

Easiest thing to do is buy another fixture. if you realy are in lazy mode then stay away from any complicated looking fixtures. you can get that same fixture without even having to buy the glass.

Wire nuts are the correct way make the connection, and the safest. you should use new wire nuts if the old ones look like crap.

If you have old wiring and the insulation starts falling off when you move the wires then pick up some heat shrink tubing and put that on any of the problem wires.

Good luck, let us know if you need any more help.
 

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HAHAHA

OUCH
....... only kidding

the toothpick in the switch proved the spring is shot.

sooooo
i went to look for my wire tester ( haven't found it )
but then i had this memory flash....
of seeing (in my minds eye....)

a pack from a store... of a switch...
i was searching thru the stuff i (stole) got from Dale...
thinking ****.... i prolly missed taking that switch...
nope, no switches in Dales stuff... I should unpack that...

then..


low and behold !!!!!!!!!

up on my peg board... there it was!!:)
a switch in a pack from a store called Channel, which must be closed for 20 yrs now, in NJ...
HAHAHAHAHA


Gary these camera DO come in handy!!!


I know this should be over in the non-exsistant ;) piker thread...

that's enough work for one day.... i am depressed ya know...
i really should go get outta my jammies, hose off and get dressed, go to Lowes and look around to see what I see.....;);)

it's a Saturday night.... ya know...;)

Az, all i know is today.:rolleyes:.. tomorrow may be different but today it is definitly NO
 

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Remove the bulbs and with the back of a screw driver lightly tap on the side of the brown base, pulling on the chain at the same time,( wear gloves and shoes, when doing this)if it stays jammed, buy a new fixture. DO NOT spray any liquids in or on the fixture or chain!.

In the electrical field 26 years.;)
 

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AZFISHKILLER wrote:
Carolyn,..................................Take everything you can off and expose the switch,.....................

.........naked home repairs..................I like that idea..............
;)

Just don't get zapped while your nekkid......
........don't want those EMT's to see ya in all your glory ...........LOL
;);)
 

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oh chit
i'm such a polock
now, with the power on
it is stuck in the ON postion
gotta do the ToothPick thing again

Thanks Leo...


Gary yer funny guy


JPD of course ya got the string!


Problem with keeping stuff, i was taught by a longstanding P----
is ya gotta go thru and take a mental inventory or ya just forget all the treasures ya got!
 

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1dogshy wrote:
oh chit
i'm such a polock
now, with the power on
it is stuck in the ON postion
gotta do the ToothPick thing again

sounds like your gonna get zapped if you try to change it. Hold tight edvac is on his way he will fix it
 

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canyonfvr wrote:
1dogshy wrote:
oh chit
i'm such a polock
now, with the power on
it is stuck in the ON postion
gotta do the ToothPick thing again

sounds like your gonna get zapped if you try to change it. Hold tight edvac is on his way he will fix it


nope, no zap, it's OFF now.

i wasn't grounded,
-one hand, -using wood and standing on bed with no black rubber (carbon) soles on.

(learned about carbon in black rubber while working on a charged electric fence in barn boots) had to take a nice dry board to stand on

sneakers with white rubber was ok. and that aint 110


(ed, if i was talking to you, i'd say, u da man, if u was gonna come over and help me)
 

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jpd wrote:
the chain part of that kit..only works 3 to 4 weeks in a water environment....

everyhting's frozen up there she's got a few months before she see's water
 
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