Overview

illustrated diagram of standard lamp parts and construction
Illustration: Steve Stankiewicz
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Always unplug a lamp before attempting any repairs.

Once it is unplugged, take the lamp to a hardware store to determine what type of cord and plug will suit it best. Electrical cord may be flat or round. A flat cord will take a clamp-style flat-cord plug; a round cord will require a two-prong round-cord plug.

A socket is composed of several parts: an outer metal shell; an insulating sleeve; the threaded socket with its switch and two screw terminals (one silver, one brass) to which the two wires inside the cord attach; and an insulated cap, which protects the terminals.

A two-prong, round-body plug is composed of several parts, too: the plug body, the shell, and the cord clamp. A clamp-style flat-cord plug comes in two pieces, a core with prongs attached, and a shell.
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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