How do I get these wires out of this lamp socket?

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Old 06-24-14, 05:23 PM
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How do I get these wires out of this lamp socket?

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I recently bought a lamp base that didn't come with the harp or harp fitting installed. I got everything apart, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the wires out of the lamp socket. Everything online I found say there are screws but I can't find any. Here are the pictures:

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I'm trying to avoid stripping and redoing the wires, because that doesn't solve the problem of getting the things out anyway.

Thanks for any help!
 
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Old 06-24-14, 05:31 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Did you look down in the socket?

If you see no screw heads anywhere they are likely soldered or crimped on. You will have to cut it off.
You could replace the socket with one that has screws to avoid making a splice.
 
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Thank you for the reply! Here's the picture down the socket:

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Am I missing something? I just have a hard time believing they would sell a lamp base with no way of attaching a lamp shade without trashing the socket.
 
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Old 06-24-14, 05:59 PM
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Can you use a clamp on lamp shade? Or a clamp on fitter? I googled "clamp on lamp shade fitter" and got some interesting results.
 
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All of the different kinds of fittings require them to be installed on the lamp shade, and we already have a lamp shade my girlfriend likes... I guess I'll have to get a new socket. Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 06-24-14, 07:15 PM
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Might be easier to get rid of the girlfriend! J/K A new socket should only cost a few bucks.
 
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Old 06-25-14, 04:58 AM
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That looks like just the socket,doesn't it fit into some other housing that would have a place for a short 1/8" nipple in the base,sure looks like something is missing.check this site out.Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Lighting Parts | Lighting Supplies
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I have dealt with those kind of sockets before
The connection is the same type as a backstab receptacle and there should be a small hole (Most likely the same hole the wire goes into) that you insert a small pointed object and it should free the wire. But I would not reuse a socket like that I would buy a good quality (Leviton) socket with the screw terminals

Here is a quality replacement
 
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