When the Oven Light Bulb Goes Out

How long does it take to change an oven light bulb that’s been in use for 15 years.

Not the joke involving accountants or Irishmen this is the real deal. You flip off the glass cover from its spring clips, twist off the old bulb and screw in the new one then pop the glass cover on. Simples. 

Not necessarily. Let’s say the glass bulb comes adrift form the brass ferrule and the ferrule along with some broken glass is stuck in the fitting with no room and no way of using pliers or screwdrivers to get the blighter out.

Just pull the oven from its housing and rest in on a couple of saw trestles, which are the exact height needed. Good news you thought. We just need to get the side panel off to get at the lamp housing. 28 screws later, a mind boggling arrangement of bent bits of tin and the lamp housing can be removed.

Reassemble in reverse order as the saying goes. Now you discover the whole framework, the bit you never see is like a huge jelly. Originally it was assembled at speed using jigs and clamps and stuff. Partially dismantled it was never meant to be. Aligning screw holes through two or three bits of tin plate ain’t the best way to spend your day.

Thus the answer to how long to change a bulb in an oven. One and a half bleeding hours with two people a.nd a relived sense of satisfaction

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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