Introduction

hands rewiring a lamp
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When you purchase an antique torchere, such as the one dissected here, or any vintage floor lamp that has not been restored, inspect it thoroughly to be sure every part is in working order. After time and extended use—or disuse—the sheathing (called a jacket) that covers and protects the wires inside the electrical cord may be cracked or frayed, or completely exposed. The prongs on the plug may have corroded, and the switch may not operate correctly.
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    Tools List

    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper/cutter
    • adjustable wrench
      Wrench

    Shopping List

    1. Cord

    2. Plug 3. Socket