I have written simple instructions 
explaining how I re-wired a vintage
lamp that had cord damage

Have you ever come across a pretty vintage lamp,
 that caught your eye with a great price tag?

But the wiring is also vintage so you decide to pass because you think to yourself
*this thing may burn my house down*

Well here's how to solve that problem.
Make sure your lamp is not plugged in before you start.
Begin by removing the finial,

lamp shade, and light bulb,

With a flat head screw driver remove the little screw at the socket base,
before unscrewing the socket from the threaded post.

See the hidden wire decay, yikes!

Separate the top of the socket case from the bottom

by gently prying with a flat head screw driver then pulling apart.

The upper case is a like a sleeve you just pull off.

Now loosen the 2 screwed wire connections with your screwdriver,
and remove the old wires.

You're ready to remove that old cord completly.
Just pull it all the way out the bottom of your lamp and toss it away.

Get your replacement cord ready,

and start working backwards.

Guide the new wire thru the base

and up thru the neck of you lamp.

Remember to threat your wire thru all your different little parts in order,
this lamp has several washers, a threaded rod, and a harp.

Screw your socket base onto the threaded rod and re-install the little screw. 

You're almost done!

Give the copper wires a clockwise twist then curl them over
to fit on your connection screws. 

Tighten up the screws with your flat head before

sliding the upper sleeve back into place.
It will give a little click sound once it connects back to the socket base.

 The time has almost come to plug her in.

Screw your light bulb in and re-install your shade and finial.

It took me way longer to write this tutorial than
it takes to actually rewire a lamp.


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  1. So glad you posted the tutorial. It could save a life! We used to be antique dealers and we always changed out the cords before we sold vintage lamps. It only takes a couple of dollars and a few minutes and it could save your home from a fire and save your life.

  2. What a cute lil lamp. The desk below is really cute too!

  3. Great tutorial....Bookmarking this for sure!!

    Janet xox

  4. Great tutorial! I've totally passed on items that would burn down my house!

  5. Thank you, I needed that tip to replace the wires on a couple of lamps at my house that I inherited from my MIL!

  6. I was going to Google this; but you showed me how. Thank you.

  7. before you pull out the old wiring, twist the new wires to the old and the new wire will follow the path of the old...some lamps might be hard to find the wiring pathway.
    New follower. Like your site and ideas.

  8. “It took me way longer to write this tutorial than it takes to actually rewire a lamp.” – I could actually feel the effort you made in writing it. It’s very detailed. Not that I’m complaining. This is a very useful tutorial, especially if you have an old lampshade just lying around the house. Thanks for sharing!

    Reginald Romero

  9. I have just the antique lamp to do this fix on my mother gave me 10 yrs ago that has been just a decor piece-I think its time! Thanks so much.~Dee in Oregon - rip mom



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