Fixing a broken lamp yourself is easy! It gets even easier when you take our quiz and get step by step instructions on exactly how to do it. Most hardware stores stock the necessary equipment, in a variety of colors and tones to match your décor.
What size zip cord is suitable for most lamps?
What is the general length of a lamp cord?
How can you figure out how much cord you will need to buy?
Measure the length of the cord and add half a foot.
Measure the length of the cord and add one foot.
Measure the length of the cord and add two feet.
When should you not use a screwdriver to pry the socket apart?
if you have not disconnected the lamp from the power
if you are planning to reuse the socket
if you are not wearing shoes
How far from the lamp's base should you cut off the old cord?
What should you cover the splice between the old and new conductor ends?
a strip of leftover insulation
a wire nut
How much insulation should you strip from the end of each conductor?
In what direction should you bend the ends of each wire?
Where should all non-insulated wires be placed?
under the screw heads
in the terminal screw holes
on the underside of the lamp
What kind of plug should be installed at the other end of the cord?