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Old 06-11-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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I have an old lamp that has a short at the base. It's on the end that I could never figure out how to remove without cutting the cord on both ends. I don't know what its called. I managed to open one before, but couldn't close it again.

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Do you need to remove and re-install the strain relief? You should be able to get by with a pair of ordinary slip-joint pliers, but there are special tools for the purpose. Google for "Heyco strain relief pliers" or see this Web page: http://www.heyco.com/pages/products/section_2/2-27.html.

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Old 06-12-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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The only safe way to repair a bad cord is not to repair it at all. Replace it. If you don't know how then find someone who does or trash it.
I bet if you take your time and really look at this with an open mind you can replace this cord. Give it a shot. The cord had to be installed, so it must be able to be uninstalled. Especially if it is an older fixture. Good luck.....John
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I'd hate to replace the entire cord. I'm trying to keep it original looking.
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In the picture you posted it looks like the connections are fine and inside the fixture. I guess I really don't understand what you want to do. Take a pic of the fixture and the cord. The picture you posted looks like the inside of a florescent fixture, and this connection looks fine other than the tape.
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The pic I posted originally is something I found on the net. I didn't post an actual picture because my camera is bad. This is the best picture I can get.

The cord is bad right at the relief. I wanted to remove that, repair the cord and put everything back the way it was.
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If you remove the relief, slide the cord into the lamp, repair the bad wire, you will a shortened cord. Will you be able to live with that?
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As long as I can put the relief back, yes.
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Remember to look at it good. The strain relief may have a tab that when pressed down will allow you to remove it from the fixture. Then see how the wire is removed, so you can push the bad part up into the fixture and re-connect. If the strain relief is molded to the wire (highly unlikely) you can buy strain reliefs, lamp cord and male plugs at the store.
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