Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adding a Harp Base to a Lamp

Sometimes you find yourself looking at your lamp and thinking "I wish it had this instead of that." Well, you have come to the right blog. We are all about changing this for that or making this work instead of that. In fact our store sells all kinds of this to replace or repair that.

A customer brought in this lamp the other day and said they wanted a harp based added to the lamp. As the lamp was, it could only have a clip style fitter shade. They want to have a harp and washer fitter shade. This allows them more options in the shade world since the large selection of fabric shades have washer fitters.

First thing we want to do is inspect this lamp for any parts or pieces that might be unsafe. This lamp looks safe so the first things we will need to do is remove the socket. The socket shell is carefully pried from the socket cap.



The socket interior is removed from the lamp cord.


The socket cap is removed from the threaded rod.


The only lamp parts we need for this modification are a harp base and a lock washer. The harp base and lock washer a placed on the threaded rod and the socket cap is screwed back in place.




The lamp cord is pushed back through the threaded rod and a UL knot is tied in the cord.


The socket interior is attached to the cord. The smooth cord goes to the brass screw on the socket and the ribbed cord goes on the nickel screw of the socket.



The socket shell is added to the socket interior. The shell is snapped back in the socket cap.


A bulb is added and the lamp is tested.


This lamp is ready for a harp and shade.

Total Cost: <$1.00 Total Time < 10 minutes.