I though I’d never see the day, but the ugly lamp is dead! The ugly lamp is dead!
This black, art deco thing which leaned to one side was a left over from my hubby’s bachelor days (just kidding babe). We kept it since he was somewhat attached to it (he had it for 17 years) and it was the only source of light in our guest room.
Within minutes I had taken it downstairs and disassembled it. With ideas for its rebirth.
I removed most of the parts and was left with one single pole for the lamp base. It was a little tricky to put back together, since I had completely disassembled it and it was a few weeks before I ended up putting the new version back together. (Note to self: next time take a picture of how things are put together.)
Since the lamp didn’t originally have a traditional socket and bulb, I had to buy a 3 way socket at Home Depot. When I get it home I realized that the hole in the socket was way smaller than the screw that was sticking out from the top of the lamp.All of the sudden my hopes and dreams of a rebirth for this lamp were squashed.
But I started playing with the left over lamp parts and found that the same threaded connector that fit inside the larger connector on the lamp by some miracle also fit into the socket.
Following the directions on the socket box stumped me for a minute when I got to tying the so-called ‘underwriters knot’ (where does that come from anyway?). So I thought I’d share how it’s done (or at least how I think it’s one).
Tying an Underwriters Knot For Dummies
Pull apart your wire and pull both pieces down creating bunny ears. BTW, don’t make them quite as long as mine, maybe half as much. ( I later had to move the knot way up).
Wrap one wire to the back and the other wire to the front .
Stick the front wire through the loop next to it and then stick the back wire through the other loop.
Pull to tighten.
I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized that one wire coating was ribbed and the other was smooth.
Nothing happened. OH MY GOD will the torment never end??!! I went back through the instructions going again through everything in my mind wondering what I had done wrong. It seemed like everything was ok.
I talked myself from the edge and went back to the lamp. I tried turning the knob again and….
It worked!!!! (I had turned it off the first time.)
Here it is shinning in all it’s glory.