Dear Readers: Here are some hints about REMOVING A BROKEN LIGHT BULB from a socket. Wearing garden gloves, use a (rubber) jar opener, slowly reach in and twist and jiggle back and forth to gently remove the base that is left behind. Be sure no glass remains in the socket. Here are some other hints from readers:
* Elaine V. in Spokane, Wash., says: “I have two ways of removing a light-bulb base that remains stuck in a socket after the glass bulb has broken off:
“Take a pair of needlenose pliers (Turn off the circuit breaker before doing anything. -- Heloise) and grab the edge of the metal base. Gently turn the metal counterclockwise, holding the outside of the socket.
“Or you can open up the pliers inside the metal base and press the tips firmly against the sides of the metal. Twist the pliers slowly counterclockwise, keeping a strong, steady pressure on the pliers. Voila! Out pops the bulb base.”
* Karen M. of Colorado Springs, Colo., says: “Broken-off light bulb? Make a wad of duct tape; push it on the exposed base and turn. Works every time.”
At one time, using a raw potato was the solution for a stuck light-bulb base. That is no longer a recommended solution, as the moisture from the potato could cause a short. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Donna, via e-mail, sent a photo of her dog, 2-year-old Riley, a miniature schnauzer who looks like my miniature schnauzer, Cabbie! Donna says: “Riley is the most handsome guy ever! I have to say that when I saw your adorable schnauzer, Cabbie, I thought it was Riley. We would love to see our boy in your pet section of your Web site, and thank you in advance. I’m certainly a big fan of yours — always the highlight of reading the paper daily.”
Donna, Riley does look like our own Cabernet! It’s amazing how miniature schnauzers look a lot alike, but any owner knows how charming and mischievous they can be. To see Riley or Cabbie, visit my Web site, www. Heloise.com, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
HANDY SCHOOL NOTEBOOK
Dear Heloise: With school and three children, I’m busy. I let my kids pick a notebook and told them that all important papers, schedules, items that need our signature and sports information go in that notebook.
I use page protectors so they can slide the paper into the notebook. Each night before my husband or I go to bed, we look through the book to see if there is anything we need to address. This is going to make things so much easier for me! -- R.M., Roanoke, Tex.
Dear Heloise: When I have private papers to dispose of, I fill the sink with water and soak them. When soggy, I squeeze out the water. Now all that is left is a wad of unreadable material. -- Barbara Leary, Warrenton, Va.
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