Friday, December 15, 2017

Not So Obvious Lamp Repair

In this technological world of automation and instant results, some basic steps can easily be overlooked. Combine that with the disposable product mentality and you can find yourself thinking "I just need a new one." Even in the world of lamp repair, a non working lamp can easily frustrate any mild tempered person. That is why the inspection is so important.

Every repair mentioned on this blog starts with an inspection. Repairs can be symptom based (not working) or desire based (want a different color socket), but every repair should start with a thorough inspection. A customer brought in a lamp the other day and complained it wasn't working.

Like every repair, we start with an inspection. First, we look at the lamp from top to bottom.

Next, we add a bulb and plug it in.

Now we test the bulb and socket.

Turns out this lamp only needed a bulb replacement.

Total time < 30 seconds. Total cost < $20 (3-way bulb)

Light bulb jokes!

Q:  How many bureaucrats does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A:  Two. One to assure that everything possible is being done while the other screws the bulb into the water faucet.

Q: How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but the bulb has got to really WANT to change.

Credit to a University Of Maryland do-gooder.