how do I rewire a desk lamp with a flexible neck?

Old 10-11-14, 10:32 AM
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how do I rewire a desk lamp with a flexible neck?

I'm attempting to rewire a modern desk lamp that has a flexible neck. The plan was to simply wire it with a replacement lamp cord (#2 in picture; 18 gauge cord) and attach it to the 1/8 IP candelabra base keyless socket (#3 in picture). The problem is that the replacement lamp cord is getting blocked at the stopping point.

When it comes to electrical, I'm self taught. I've rewired table and floor lamps before though. I tried running the cord a few ways without success. Light does pass through the pipe so I know it's not a complete block. My question is how to run wires to the socket given this obstacle?

I've come up with the following alternate plans:

Method A - Anyway to use the pictured in #2 ?
Method B - Run separate 18 gauge white and black wire through the flexible part. Wire it to the socket terminals. Then use wire nuts and tape to join to the lamp cord iside the lamp base ?
Method C - ????

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 10-11-14, 10:47 AM
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18-2 wire came out and it should go back in.

You may have to shave the edges off the lamp cord end that you are sending thru so that there are no sharp edges. Almost like sticking the cord into a pencil sharpener.
Sometimes a drop of dishwashing soap helps the process.

The wire may not just "push" thru. You may need to use a smaller wire as a pull wire.

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