How-To: Rewire a Lamp


Bob Tedeschi wrote about rewiring a lamp in the NY Times!

SOMEHOW, everything I fix ends up far uglier than it was when I started. It’s my zero-sum approach to handyman projects: what you gain in functionality, you lose in beauty.

But recently I thought, what if I start with ugly? There would be nothing but upside, right?

I tested this theory last week with my first task in the realm of electrical repair, the rewiring of an old lamp. My local secondhand store had some beautiful old lamps that, with some new wiring, might not burn down my house. But I spared them, and chose something that, no matter what damage I inflicted, couldn’t possibly be uglier.

[via Adafruit]

2 thoughts on “How-To: Rewire a Lamp

  1. Courtney Dirks says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I have 2 lamps (one vintage from the Alameda Flea market that I absolutely love) & another one I picked up in Africa years ago. I’m afraid they are both a fire hazard…this will come in handy for when I’m feeling ambitious and want to get them fixed up for our own safety! Thanks! And I love the bit about “what if I start out with ugly” – too funny!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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