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Cross the leads instead
bwmetz0   11/7/2013 3:12:07 PM
A safer way would be to try removing the bulb from its plastic base; cross the leads, then carefully feed them back through the base to form a shunt when plugged back in.  Sometimes the leads can be crossed without removing the base if they are really long.  At least I've found this works by accidentally twisting them when putting a bulb from a "spare bulb" strand with incompatible bases into another strand's socket.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: fixing those pesky bulbs!
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:29:41 AM
@David: I was too embarrassed to go back to the shop and managed to muddle through with the scissors...


David Ashton
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Re: fixing those pesky bulbs!
David Ashton   11/6/2013 12:23:12 AM
I was once in a similar situation trying to impress a girl - her mother owned a tea shop and had a non-working urn (water boiler).  I took the bottom off and found a burnt out wire.   All they had - as above - were scissors.  I wandered down to the hardware store down the street.  "Give me your cheapest, nastiest pair of wire cutters" I said.   The man produced a really cheap looking pair.  "These are 50c", he said, "But I'd really recommend these for $1", holding up a slightly better looking pair.  "I just need to cut and strip one wire" I said, "I'll take the 50c ones". He shrugged and sold me the 50c cutters.   I got back to the tea shop, tried to cut the wire and one of the cutters' jaws broke off.  I was too embarrassed to go back to the shop and managed to muddle through with the scissors.....

Caleb Kraft
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fixing those pesky bulbs!
Caleb Kraft   11/5/2013 12:34:14 PM
Those bulbs can be rather annoying. I have to say though, while my wife would have been happy I fixed it, she would have never let me live down using scotch tape as an electrical insulator.

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