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Re: Old pull chain light socket repair
Fencepost wrote:

The original poster hasn't been around these forums since over 5 years ago. While your advice may be valid, don't hold your breath waiting for a response.

***, just noticed:)

asilverman1
Re: Old pull chain light socket repair
OTIS BERRY wrote:

AN OLD GUY ME.
COUPLE OF OPTIONS BOTH WILL HAVE VERTICAL ROTATION BY THE PULL. IF NOT IGNORE THE SUBSEQUENT.
EITHER THE SWITCH IS MULTI FUNCTIONAL WITH INTEGRATED WHEEL AND AN EXTERNAL CHAIN GUIDE. OR PERHAPS THE WHOLE UNIT IS CAPTURED INSIDE A CERAMIC BODY.
SEVERAL TYPES i HAVE SEEN.
IN THE ONE CASE, THE WHOLE UNIT MUST BE DISCONNECTED AND THE BASE DETACHES AND THE SOCKET BODY WITH INTEGRATED PULL COMES AWAY FROM THE SOCKET OPENING.
IN THE OTHER THE UNIT IS SCREWED FROM INSIDE THE SOCKET TO THE BODY OF THE CONTAINER.
IF THERE IS A CARDBOARD/PHENOLIC-LIKE COVERING UNDER THE CENTER ELECTRICAL CONNECTION, THEN DONOT REMOVE THIS SCREW LEST YOU COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLE THE ROTARY PULL.

Hope this post reaches you, from a fellow old-guy. I have a lamp with two pull-chain sockets. One works properly, the other does not. That is, the working one changes state from on to off when pulled, but the other does not change state. The non-working mechanism does not "advance", although the action rotates and when the chain is released the spring returns the chain and mechanism properly, except that there is no lock-in of the mechanism to the changed state.

Any ideas whether fixable and if so how to fix? I have not tried to disassemble the body of the switch, it is still in the brass lamp-socket housing.

A. Spruce
Re: Old pull chain light socket repair
asilverman1 wrote:

Any ideas whether fixable and if so how to fix? I have not tried to disassemble the body of the switch, it is still in the brass lamp-socket housing.

Doubt you'll be able to fix it. I have had some success changing out the guts of them though. That is to say, you can put new switch internals into your old switch housing. You'll need to take the old housing to the store with you to match up the parts.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Old pull chain light socket repair

Go to about any hardware or big box store and get a new socket assembly.

Jack

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