Buying appliances with short cords can be frustrating, but there’s an easy and inexpensive way to fix it.
The neatest way to lengthen a lamp cord is to replace it with a longer one. You should also replace the lamp cord when the cord looks frayed and has exposed wires.
Here are 6 ways to lengthen a lamp cord in your home:
You will need
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- wire stripper
- new plug
- new wire (known as rip cord)
- Unplug the lamp and unscrew the bulb. Squeeze the socket shell to separate the shell and its cardboard insulator from the socket cap. If you’re reusing the socket, don’t use a screwdriver to pry it apart. Pull the socket out of the shell as far as the wire lets it go; if this doesn’t give you enough wire to work with, push the cord up from the bottom of the lamp.
- Loosen the socket’s terminal screws, and remove the cord wires from under them. Slide the old wire out, and feed the new wire in. If the old wire offers any resistance, don’t pull it. Disassemble the lamp if you need to get the wire out.
- Feed the new wire into the lamp, then split the end so you have about 8cm of exposed conductor. Don’t nick the conductor.
- Connect the wires to the socket terminal by bending each wire into a clockwise loop. Wrap the loop two-thirds of the way round the terminal screw. Make sure it’s no more than three-quarters of the way round. Hook the wire clockwise around the screw, so when you tighten the screw clockwise, the loop also wraps tighter around the screw. Clip off excess wire and make sure there is none exposed.
- Slide the socket shell over the insulator, and slip shell and insulator over socket. Snap into the cap.
- Attach the plug (look to ‘Rewire a plug’ for instructions). Reassemble the lamp. The neatest way to lengthen a lamp cord is to replace it with a longer one. You should also replace the lamp cord when the cord looks frayed and has exposed wires.