Author Topic: Electricity Question  (Read 3496 times)

oldtoyota

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3171
Electricity Question
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:43:11 AM »
My house is rather old. We have overhead lightbulbs with a metal pull string that is supposed to turn them on/off.

Over time, both have broken so that the light is always on. For one, the metal string pulled off completely. For the other, the metal string is still there but nothing happens when you pull it.

Do you know how I could fix this?


velocistar237

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1424
  • Location: Metro Boston
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013, 09:27:10 AM »
I don't have experience with this, but I'm guessing you'll have to do one of three things.

1) Replace the chain
2) Replace the switch
3) Replace the fixture

You can cut the power, remove the fixture, and take it to a local hardware store to get specific advice.

GuitarStv

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 18437
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2013, 11:46:52 AM »
You can get those pull lights for pretty cheap at home depot, 4-5$ the last time I checked.  Replacing the light fixture is typically pretty fool proof . . . match the black wire to the black wire, and the white wire to the white wire.  Screw the ground into the box.

lukebuz

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 204
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2013, 11:54:35 AM »
Ground wire?  Old House?  HAHAHHA!

Spork

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5747
    • Spork In The Eye
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 12:09:20 PM »
You can get those pull lights for pretty cheap at home depot, 4-5$ the last time I checked.  Replacing the light fixture is typically pretty fool proof . . . match the black wire to the black wire, and the white wire to the white wire.  Screw the ground into the box.

With those, it's probably black wire-> brass screw, white wire-> silver screw.

Mr.Macinstache

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 923
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 12:11:57 PM »
Just remember to cut the fuse to that light before you go up there with a screwdriver in hand.

Matte

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 225
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 10:26:35 PM »
Step one, get replacement from hardware store five bucks tops
Step two, isolate the light, pull the fuse or flip the breaker so the light is off
Step three, unscrew old fixture and replace with new one
Step four turn the power back on

Enjoy!

oldtoyota

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3171
Re: Electricity Question
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2013, 09:25:25 AM »
Thanks, all!