Step 4: Connect the Wires

connect the wires to rewire an all-weather lantern
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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First check the insulation. The neutral wire that wraps around the socket's silver screw has ridges. The hot wire, which goes on the brass screw, is smooth. Wind the wires clockwise and tighten the screws.
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    Tools List

    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • lineman's pliers
      Pliers (heavy-duty chain pliers work best)

    Shopping List

    Deep Leaf cast-iron ceiling canopy in antiqued-bronze finish, including hanging loop and mounting hardware

    1½-by--inch plated steel chain in antiqued-brass finish

    2-inch brass socket housing (helps protect socket from the weather)

    Leviton medium-size porcelain keyless socket with die-cast cap and set screw-inch brass hanging loop with wireway

    1-inch threaded hollow brass screw 'nipple'

    Copper ground wire with attached ring (the safest bet for exterior lighting)

    Black standard lamp wire