Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Replace a Lamp Cord

As you read this blog, you will find many times we are replacing a lamp cord. Sometimes it requires lead lines, pulling, pushing, sweating, grunting, and some four letter words. Other times it is a walk in the park. We don't want you to get discouraged and understanding the basics can help encourage you to keep trying. The following is a basic lamp cord replacement.

A customer brought this patient in the other day and said it needed a new lamp cord. We agree. The old cord is not polarized.

The only lamp part we need is a polarized molded lamp cord. First, we start by  removing the socket shell from the socket cap. A flat head screw driver carefully pries the shell out at the "Press" mark on the shell.

The socket interior is unscrewed from the old lamp cord and the cord is pulled through the lamp body.

The new cord is fed through the lamp body. A UL Knot is tied in the lamp cord and the socket interior is reattached. The smooth cord goes on the brass screw and the ribbed cord goes on the nickel screw.

The socket interior is slipped back in the socket shell. The socket shell is snapped back in the socket cap.

A bulb is added for testing.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezey. Total Cost <$5.00 Total Time < 5 Minutes

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