DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PRO [yet]. any actions you take based on my post will invalidate any UL listing on your materials and can possibly be a fire hazard. but then again, it probably cant be worse than it was.
also, PG-13. i swear a lot. get over it or find a different site to read. and yes i know my nails look like crap and my fingers are all cut up and dry. wiring lab + winter + washing hands a lot. aint nobody got time fo that.
i love lamp. no not really. this lamp used to be an oil burning thinger with a fancy glass chimney that held up the ancient lampshade. before safety restrictions and the like, it was rewired with some ancient cord, and somewhere between the move from iowa to maine, the glass chimney was sent to narnia. i was given the pieces of the lamp with the exception that i would
paint/modpodge/rewire or otherwise fix it... or donate it to goodwill for someone else to play with. a semester into my electrician training, ive got simple wiring down pat. or so i thought.
step 1: take lamp to home depot and ask electrical department head [my weekend boss] what parts i need. we discussed strategies for a bit, and ended up dismantling the top of the lamp, only to find the lamp kit parts we had on hand werent quite right. i decided on a brass socket to match the lamp, and a white cord to match the rest of my house.
at this point you may want to remember what side is what on the plug. heres a hint. dont feed it painstakingly through the lamp and start to wire it BEFORE you know which side of the cord is hot [electrified] and which is neutral.
strip the cut ends of the wire. leave about an inch of free conductor. i did this and then carefully separated the neutral and hot conductors with a knife. separating them first makes wire stripping ...significantly easier. but whateves.
unscrew contacts, add bottom piece, reconnect conductors. attempt to attach lamp to base and... FUCK. IT DOENST FIT. sooooo disconnect all that ish again, see if the sides of the lamp socket will attach to actual lamp, and voila! replace the old nasty cardboard with the newer one, discard the bottom of the socket, and reattach the conductors to the socket.
take all apart again. swear. stomp around for awhile. try and reattach old nasty parts with new wiring and redo loops and contact points. notice switch is still to high for fancy parts to attach correctly. curse. create new highly creative phrases. scare cat away.
also, some tools that are very helpful - utility/craft knife, flat and philips screw drivers, needle nosed pliers, wire snips, wire strippers, receptacle tester, hammer. always a hammer.
super schmancy non-efficient short-lived incandescent bulb would look pretty boss but its too late to go to the store now. ponder taking up low voltage welding in order to add lamp parts back on. admit partial defeat. go to bed.