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Rewiring a lamp

Building or rebuilding a lamp is an easy project. Whether your lamp quit working or you just want to build one, it's an inexpensive way to create a unique fixture. This guide will show you how to fix the problem and tell you what items you need.

Cutoff the plug
Items needed:

Lamp kit
Wire strippers or utility knife

Safety Suggestions and Tips
Wear safety glasses 
Be careful to check that the fixture is working properly after you have finished.
Level of difficulty

Time Required:
 2 hours


Cut off plug
Cut off plug

Step 1:

Take the lamp to a place where you can work on it.  Take the shade off and clip the plug from the lamp cord

Loosen the socket
Loosen the socket

Step 2:

Remove the wire (harp) that holds the shade. Remove the light socket from the threaded rod (turn it to the left).  Holding the socket, pull the wire out of the lamp.

Feed the wire in
Feed the wire in

Step 3:

Take the wire from the light kit and begin pushing it into the threaded rod that you removed the wire from above.  This step can be especially trying and you may need to make several attempts.

Underwriters knot
Underwriters knot

Step 4:

Pull the two conductors slightly apart and push them through the bottom "cup" of the fixture.  Next tie an "underwriters" knot in the wire.  This will require that you separate about 3" of the wire.  Thread the cap back onto the rod.

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