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    Question How to remove light niche?

    The gasket around the light niche is falling apart so I'd like to replace it before it becomes an issue. I drained water from my in-ground spa down below the light and removed the light from the niche and removed all of the screws for the niche. But the niche won't budge. The light wire feeds to the back of the niche and goes into a transition 'hole' (not sure what to call this) and probably on to the conduit. This 'hole' had small screw which I removed but the niche still won't budge. Any ideas? A photo is attached below.
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    There is a length of conduit attached to the back of the niche. It goes all the way to the deck box where the wire connection is. Unless you can access the back side of the niche, you can not remove it. Also, messing with it too much may break the seal between the conduit and the niche which will cause a leak. Also, that was not a set screw. It is a bonding wire (which appears to be missing) connection point.
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    Thanks for info. I cannot access the back of the niche. Any suggestions to correct the erroding gasket?

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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    It is not clear to me why the gasket cannot simply be removed/scraped from the face of the niche. I know I am not understanding you correctly.....can you explain it a little better?

    Sorry to change the subject, but that missing bonding wire is not good. I would address that before I put water back into the pool.
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    The gasket is compressed between the liner and the niche can. If I cut it out, I'm not sure how I would replace it with a new one?

    What should I connect the bonding wire connection point too?

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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    There should be a bond wire in there connected back to the deck box and ultimately to the bonding grid.
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    Does it matter that this is a jacuzzi shell, placed in ground? I dont think theres any rebar to bond too.

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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    OMG, is the blue thing the gasket? Let's try to solve that and then bond the light.
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    Since that is a metal niche, it could very well be bonded from the other side, if it was a gunite structure. That looks like a fiberglass wall that the niche is in. If this is a San Juan type shell, there is no "structure" to bond to. What would you bond to? Other than the equipment components? OK, the steel in the deck, but...
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    Yes, the blue is the gasket.

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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    I'll bet its glued in. I might take a chisel and gently chisel under the gasket and see if the gasket separates from the shell. Gentle -- like moving the mother in laws china.
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    Re: How to remove light niche?

    The conduit connected to the niche in the back won't let the niche move forward. Don't pry on it (too hard) or you will either crack the pool wall (shell), or the conduit, causing a leak.
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