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Rewiring a lamp is like restringing a bead necklace; everything goes back on in the same order it came off. So, if you have to completely disassemble the lamp, place all the new parts in the same order. Detach the old wires on the socket, then attach the new ones by tightening the terminals onto each wire with the screwdriver.

Next, remove the old cord by tugging at it from the base. Throw it away. Feed the new cord that's already attached to the socket through the lamp's center. If you can pull it taut once it's all the way through, you can replace the socket shell and tighten the nut (and any other connections) at the base of the lamp. If there's a switch, reinstall that.

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