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« on: July 07, 2010 11:30:36 AM »

So . . . when I lived with my grandmother, a few years ago, I found a really lovely antique table lamp languishing away in the garage.  I found a PERFECT shade for it at Ross (only needed to cut off the fugly plastic bead fringe.)  Unfortunately, a while back, my bf knocked accidentally it off the end table (throw pillow fight gone wrong!)  The ceramic lamp base is still intact, but now the light socket part is leaning at an angle, and wobly.  Does anyone know how I would go about fixing such a thing?  Should I get a new socket kit and try to fix it?  Take it into some sort of repair shop and see what they can do? 


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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010 12:02:27 PM »

I'd get a new socket kit to replace the bent one.  I've put new sockets in lamps before and it's really, really easy.  All you have to do is thread the cord through the base, wrap the wire ends around a couple of screws, and tighten them.  It takes about 2 mins.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010 07:32:57 PM »

Yup, easy.  You can see how it's put together as you take it apart.  One tip: before screw the wires onto the new socket, split enough of the new cord into two parts (with insulation intact), and knot them, then attach the wire to the new socket.  That's called an underwriters' knot as the wires don't come loose if someone tugs on the lamp cord and possibly cause a fire.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010 10:07:43 AM »

So I basically need a new socket/ cord kit?  Well, waaaay back in the day, I made a wine bottle lamp as a gift, but my dad was the one who did the wiring part of the socket kit, as electrical stuff frankly scares me.  Maybe I'll see if I can google instructions with pictures . . .

Thanks for the help, though.  If it's successful, I'll try to post pics!

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