Thursday, October 29, 2015

Heavy Glass or Crystal Table Lamp Repair

A customer brought in this lamp the other day and wanted it to be rewired. The old lamp plug was not polarized and the customer wanted a harp base on the lamp so it could have a lamp harp and shade.

This lamp is pretty straight forward. The threaded rod from the socket to the bottom of the lamp holds everything together. Pry the socket shell from socket cap and remove the socket interior. Loosen the nut on the bottom of the lamp and the lamp starts to come apart. In pieces the lamp looks like this.

We gather all the lamp parts for repair and place them in the photo.

The new lamp parts include a nickel push-thru socket, nickel harp base, clear silver lamp cord, nickel seating ring, and 3 felt washers (best for glass lamp bodies). Notice we painted the lamp rod. The rod was plain steel, but with a little soap water and silver spray paint it fits right in.

The lamp goes back together in the same order it came apart. The new felt washers are placed against the glass. On the top section of the lamp, the parts are from bottom to the top: glass lamp body, felt washer, seating ring, harp base and socket cap.

Thread the lamp cord through the lamp body. Tie a UL knot in the cord. Attach the cord to the socket interior. The smooth wire connects to the brass screw and the ribbed wire connects to the nickel screw.

Pull the cord slack back down the lamp body. Make sure the push-thru knobs are in the center of the harp base and snap the socket shell into the socket cap. Add a bulb and test the lamp.

Wow! Total Cost < $ 15  Total Time < 30 minutes

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