How to put your table lamp back together

Have you ever had to pull apart your table lamp, perhaps to replace a globe or a damaged socket, only to find that you have no idea how to reassemble it? While they may look awfully complicated, these types of lamps are actually quite easy to put back together.

Step 1: Place the base on a flat work surface, followed by the body. The base often has a hole in the center for the power cord to run out of, while the body should have a hole on either end.

Step 2: Slide the rod into the top hole in the body, out there into the bottom hole, and into the base. Place a washer over the end of the rod and screw it in place. Then feed the string into the bottom of the pole and out through the top. Screw in the neck (if the table lamp has one) and the harp.

Step 3: Place the base cap over the bottom of the harp and screw it onto the pole to make sure it is the right way up. Wrap the “hot” wire around the gold screw on the base and the “neutral” wire around the silver screw.

Step 4: Place the base shell over the lamp socket, making sure to insert the cables into it. Squeeze the ends of the harp together and slide it into the bottom of the bowl. Then screw in a lightbulb.

When assembling your table lamp, note that depending on the type, additional or even fewer steps are required. If you’re stuck assembling your lamp, contact a lighting specialist or even the manufacturer for advice.

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