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Homemade Lightbulb Changer

Everyone has at least one light bulb in or around their home that is located high above the ground. Dragging out the stepladder and climbing to the top is cumbersome and potentially dangerous. Here's an easy-to-build solution that makes changing high light bulbs a snap.

Easily change hard-to-reach light bulbs

Things You Will Need

  • empty drink bottle
  • scissors or hacksaw
  • 1/2" PVC pipe
  • vise grips

Everyone has at least one light bulb in or around their home that is located high above the ground.  Dragging out the stepladder and climbing to the top is cumbersome and potentially dangerous.

Here's an easy-to-build solution that makes changing high light bulbs a snap. 

  1. Cut the bottom out of an empty drink bottle that has a diameter about the same as that of the light bulb.
  2. Slide the end of the PVC pipe into the mouth of the bottle.
  3. Tighten the mouth of the bottle around the PVC pipe using the vise grips. A small pair of vise grips works best.
  4. Raise the bottle-end of the PVC pipe and place it firmly over the light bulb to twist it off.
  5. Tip

    The interior of the bottle can be lined with masking tape or cloth to diminish the inside diameter and get a better grip on the light bulb.

Things You Will Need

  • empty drink bottle
  • scissors or hacksaw
  • 1/2" pvc pipe
  • vise grips

Tip

  • The interior of the bottle can be lined with masking tape or cloth to diminish the inside diameter and get a better grip on the light bulb.

About the Author

Based in Orlando, Fla., Jim Ford started writing in 1980 for the "Rock Island Argus" newspaper in Illinois. He has been accredited as a Florida Certified Nursery Professional and has an Associate of Applied Science in horticulture/natural resources from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa.

Photo Credits

  • light bulb image by Photosani from Fotolia.com
  • light bulb image by Photosani from Fotolia.com