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HELP!!!

03/13/2018 10:31 AM

Ok so here’s the situation:

My coworker and I are tasked with fixing a lamp. The light socket needs to be placed inside of the ceramic body, in which there is a nut on the electrical cord that needs to be rethreaded onto the fixture. The body is 3.5” x 15” so using our hands isn’t an option. We are absolutely perplexed. This lamp needs to be shipped cross country in a matter of days. Please help!

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03/13/2018 10:34 AM

Any possibility of a photo?

Use one of those "reach extender" grabber things to hold the socket? Maybe some long-nose vise-grips?

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03/13/2018 10:50 AM

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03/13/2018 11:06 AM

Disconnect the electrical cord by taking the lampholder apart. Fit the bottom part of the lampholder using a hex socket drive with a long extension for the nut (you may have to go out and buy one). Rethread the cord through the bottom part of the holder (which is now fixed to the ceramic piece), and re-assemble. Job done.

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03/13/2018 10:51 AM

Take light bulb with the appropriate fitting, break it open and glue it onto the end of a broom handle or similar length of wood.
Thread the wire through the body, attach it to the socket, fit the socket to the bulb/rod and pushed/held into the fitting where it can be held steady whilst the nut is fitted, or screwed directly in as required.
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03/13/2018 11:20 AM

Ah, I didn't see the pics... and the description was pants...

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03/13/2018 11:50 AM

Made up our own tool and got it done. Thanks.

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03/13/2018 3:00 PM

Here are a few thoughts:

If you can get the nut started, you may be able to tighten it by pulling back on the socket and turning it clockwise to tighten the nut. Pulling back should keep the nut stationary by friction.

Maybe you can get this thing around the nut or at least use it to manipulate it.

https://www.dapetz.com/24-flexible-spring-bendy-long-reach-thin-claw-pick-up-tool-lifting-grab-grabber.html

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03/13/2018 11:46 PM

Ring, Ring, Hello, you have reached cr4 . Press 1 to go to engineering, 2 to go to appliance repair, 3 to go to tell a joke, 4 to general mailbox, beeep.

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03/13/2018 11:51 PM

But there are enough nuts here to get it screwed up.

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03/14/2018 10:24 AM

I would use an Oxygen sensor deep socket on an extension. The socket has a slot along it's length that allows the cord to stay still while you turn the nut.

Otherwise, just glue the lamp socket to the top of the vase and skip the nut.

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03/14/2018 11:24 AM

If the nut is fixed in the ceramic, rotate the socket counterclockwise about 20 turns, insert into the nut and rotate clockwise until it gets tight.

If the nut is floating, put a couple of drops of glue or a scrap of double sided tape on the ceramic and pull the nut against it to fix it in place. The do the counterclockwise rotation, insert and tighten maneuver on the socket.

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03/15/2018 2:44 PM

I don’t get it. Should I glue the lamp to a screwdriver? Is that what you mean?

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03/15/2018 2:57 PM

What I can see from the photos is that the ceramic base has a nut inside it. The socket has a tube with threads on the outside. What I can't tell is whether the nut floats inside the ceramic base or if the nut and threads are fixed to the ceramic base.

If the nut is floating, then glue or double sided tape the nut to the base and screw the socket tube into the threads. If the cord can't turn as it passes through the base, then you wind the socket backwards to put twists into the cord that come out as you screw the socket into the base.

That's all I'm trying to say.

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03/15/2018 8:06 PM

The nut is a thin nut of a very common size used in electrical lights.

Source a larger and thicker nut as a replacement.

Use hand kneadable epoxy to form a nice blob around the nut and use a short length of same type of hollow threaded rod to pull the nut into place and pack the blob in place with a chopstick or dowel.

Remove temporary threaded piece and don't foul it.

Wait a couple days and it's essentially a threaded lamp base.

-- hope that makes sense.

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03/15/2018 8:31 PM

Problem fixed a long time ago - see post 6

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03/15/2018 10:55 PM

Thanks GW! What a *bright* idea!

Say that’s not short for GEORGE W is it? I don’t like him

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03/16/2018 11:32 AM

Yikes NO!

We may have a pretty boy as PM, but we don't have an addled brained ranting old fart.

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03/15/2018 10:59 PM

Fixing the future . thanks

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