Old apartments come with a lot of character. They also sometimes come with really old fixtures, the kind of fixtures that are caked with centuries of wear and tear. Those kinds of fixtures don't like to let go of light bulbs too easily. Luckily, you have this tip in your back pocket.
Don't let a stuck bulb be a bigger problem than it has to be. Before you go bonkers trying to loosen that dead bulb (and inevitably break it* in the process—natch!), try this why-didn't-I-think-of-that tip from Real Simple.
Reach for a two-foot long piece of duct tape, and wrap it in a loose loop (sticky sides in) with the lightbulb in the middle. Press the excess tape on either side together, forming two handles. Give 'em a counter-clockwise twist and watch the bulb come un-stuck. Voila! (There's a video here if you need help.)
It might be a no-brainer for some of you out there, but we're hoping that at least a few folks will remember this next time they're faced with a tight squeeze and a tough bulb.
* If a bulb breaks, leaving you with its metal threaded base stuck in your socket, you can just reach for a matchstick and a plastic water bottle to get it out.