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post #1 of 8 Old 09-15-2009, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Broke the bulb trying to change it-HELP!

I tried to change the bulbs on my Coralife fixtures and they wouldn't budge. I called tech support who said to use some muscle and pop it off. So, I used a little muscle and the stupid thing broke. The bulb separated where the four staight pins are and now I can't remove that piece from the end cap. I've used a pair of pliers and all I succeeded in doing was to break off little pieces of white plastic. I can see that each of the four pins are corroded and that's why it's stuck. How do I remove the white piece w/ the four pins without damaging the black "end"??
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-15-2009, 04:23 PM
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sucks, id say use a Flathead and some muscle. your gonna end up getting scratches on the black no matter what because of the situation. just use controlled muscle" after you get a Flathead between them gently pry and use some pliers too, dunno kinda a trial and error thing. Money
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-15-2009, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Controlled muscle? For me, easier said than done. My nickname is "Hank" for a very good reason, I break everything!
I don't care if I scratch the black part but what happens if the black part breaks? Then what will I do? The wiring goes into that black "part" and I know nothing about wiring. Doesn't it seem like Coralife should make a better "housing" to ensure things don't corrode like this? They know they are making fixtures for aquariums. Aquariums=moisture, duh. I'm sooo frustrated by this!

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-15-2009, 06:50 PM
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you could try taking the flat head like he said and try to get it under the white bit between the white n black bits n pry it up like Money said or *looks at pic* maybe get some pliars and grab the bit on the right and pull that bit up then pry it up the rest of the way going around

hmmm *looks at pic* i cant tell but if the white bit has a rim n sticks out past the back bit you could always point it down and place a flat head against it and push downwards

i hope that helps Auntie D:
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-16-2009, 03:41 PM
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so did you get it figured out?
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-22-2009, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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I sprayed a bit of WD-40 and waited a few minutes. Tried to pull it apart and it wouldn't "give". Used the flathead as Money suggested and they popped right off, and I didn't scratch a thing. THANKS! I love you guys

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