Step 3: Make the Wire Connections

making the wire connections to rewire a lamp
Illustration: Steve Stankiewicz
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Split top 2 inches of cord jacket off new cord; strip ½-inch of insulation off wire ends; form exposed wire ends into loops. One wire end is "hot"; the other, which is ridged, is considered "neutral."

Screw in new socket; tie Underwriter's knot between socket and cap; hook hot wire around brass terminal and neutral one around silver terminal; tighten screws; slip insulating sleeve and outer metal shell over socket and switch.
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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