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Old 12-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Screw Off

Can someone explain why the light bulbs in my basement bathroom ceiling light keep unscrewing themselves? The vent fan is an inline and not even in the room so I don't think vibration could be a factor.

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Old 12-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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probably because you didn't have the correct amount of Italians screw it in.
5 is the recommended quantity if you intend on remedying your predicament.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:14 PM   #4
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The magnetic field from the current in the wires.
The current surge upon turning on the lights could be turning ever so slightly.
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Could be that the expansion of the bulb threads when hot then the cool air passing by the bulb is causing a large clearance between the bulb threads and socket threads thus causing the bulb to loosen.
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probably because you didn't have the correct amount of Italians screw it in.
5 is the recommended quantity if you intend on remedying your predicament.
HA! Awesome.
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One to hold the bulb and four to turn the house.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #8
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Could be that the expansion of the bulb threads when hot then the cool air passing by the bulb is causing a large clearance between the bulb threads and socket threads thus causing the bulb to loosen.
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Could be. It uses a smaller base and the threads aren't that precise.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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perhaps your drinking something Australian
and it's trying to go down the toilet backwards
setting up a quantum exclusion.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #10
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Foot steps upstairs could do it too
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:27 AM   #11
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Check the wattage of the bulb/lamp compared to recommended. If your wattage is too high it could be expanding the metal in the socket particularly if the lamp base and the socket are dissimilar metal. Couple that with slight spring tension on the positive contact of the socket it could be pushing the lamp out slightly during use and then after use the metals shrink eventually you lose contact with the positive contact.
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^ very valid idea. I bet it is a combination of everyones suggestions.
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Not a joke.
Either Grif of Dana is just screwing wirh you....

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^ very valid idea. I bet it is a combination of everyones suggestions.
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then again when you over torque something
it causes it to loosen up at least in engines
that is.... might be a factor ...or your
home is built on top of a fault line
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When you install it try turning it to the right next time!

I would put it in , turn it on , let it get hot , then tighten it snug again (to the right!) . See what happens.

If that doesn't work , hire the 5 Italians.

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write SANTA a Letter LOL
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Jeff...
ask Paul about the owl figurines

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Jeff...
ask Paul about the owl figurines
I know about those. Whoa
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Jeff...
ask Paul about the owl figurines
Didn't he tell the story in front of both of us?

I'll check on the specs of the light when I get home.
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When you install it try turning it to the right next time!

I would put it in , turn it on , let it get hot , then tighten it snug again (to the right!) . See what happens.

If that doesn't work , hire the 5 Italians.
I am a 3rd gen Italian electrician. If I got my father his brother and two of his uncles we could handle the job. It would cost you close to 1000 dollars to install the lamp
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Didn't he tell the story in front of both of us?

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Probably, but there was a lot of bourbon flowing that night....

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You stop using that bathroom and see if the abnormality ceases. 🚽🚽🚽 😷😷😷
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Probably, but there was a lot of bourbon flowing that night....
Could have been on the ferry.
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Got Kids?
You think they know how to open a light fixture???
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I think you got a batch of bad electricity

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You never know.....but I was thinking more along the line of a whole lot of running around.....vibrating it loose
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Did you remember to use the locktite?

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after you break the bulb shove a potato on there
and then you can turn it
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