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furnishings first-aid: 
ow to fix-UP a $1 Lamp |
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4. While the lampshade is drying, snip off the female end (that would be the non-plug end, of course) of the extension cord and set it aside; you won’t be needing it for this project.

5. Carefully peel apart the two fused ends of the extension cord, separating them about 1" down the length of the cord, as pictured. 

Using wire strippers, if you've got a pair, strip the two separated ends of the cord, exposing about ¾"-1" of wire. 

TIP: If your minimalist little toolbox doesn't contain that handy little device, fear not: you can easily use a Swiss army knife or razor. Just hold the knife nearly, but not quite, parallel to the wire, and CAREFULLY slice through the plastic, in shallow strokes and away from you, until you get down to the wire. Do this all the way around the wire. 

6. When the paint has dried, thread the cord back through the lampshade. At this point, the do-it-yourself guides will tell you to tie the two ends of the wire together into an underwriter’s knot. The only explanation I could find for this step was that it’s supposed to reduce tension on the wires, presumably making it less likely for the wires to detach from the terminal. Confession time now: We’ve wired at least 4 lamps, none of which utilized the knot, and so far, no problems. That having been said, the proper technique is illustrated below:

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