Monday, September 8, 2014

Small Ceramic Lamp with Added Gallery and Shade Ring

A customer brought in this patient the other day and in addition to the usual repair, they wanted a full cosmetic work over.  This lamp does not have a shade holder or harp base, so the only way to connect a shade to this lamp would be a bulb clip style fitter. The customer wanted to have a student style glass lamp shade on this lamp, so we would need to add a shade ring and gallery to this lamp.

This repair will require several lamp parts so we get our parts together. The part list includes: turn knob socket, extended socket key, brass gallery, 7 inch shade ring, lamp cord, threaded rod, rubber washer, and brass seating ring.

First thing is to take the old wire out of the lamp. The socket shell is pried from the socket cap.

Remove the wire from the socket interior and unscrew the socket cap from the lamp rod.

The lamp's body parts are removed from the threaded rod. Tip: You might want to take a picture of the parts in order on the lamp. Knowing what order the breaks, necks, and columns are placed on the lamp will help when putting them back together.

The new threaded rod is added and the body parts are placed on the rod. Since this lamp is a custom build, there is not a rod length that will match the lamp exactly. The new rod is in place and marked so it can be cut to fit.

Cutting a threaded rod is easy. Using a vise and hack saw, you can cut the rod to length. It helps to file or grind the cut end of the rod. If the rod edges are too rough, it may be too difficult to get parts with threads started on the rod.

With the rod cut to the right length, the lamp is put back together. This includes the new shade holder, gallery, and socket cap. Everything is tightened on the lamp.

The shade holder appears to be slightly crooked, so it is removed and leveled. Using a level surface and a screw driver, the shade holder can be adjusted.

The shade holder, gallery, and socket cap are placed back on the threaded rod.

After the lamp is tightened, the lamp cord is inserted from the bottom. A UL knot is tied in the cord and the socket interior is attached to the cord. The smooth wire on the cord connects to the brass screw and the ribbed wire connects to the nickel screw. 

Next the extended key is attached and the socket shell is clicked in to the socket cap. 

A light bulb and shade are added to the lamp and we test it. For testing we added a 7 inch Opal crimped top beige student shade

Nice. Total Cost <$ Total time < 45 minutes

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