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Shorten a Lamp Cord

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    LESLIE: Well, everything is illuminated in Alabama where Barbara has a lighting question. What can we do for you?

    BARBARA: In my kitchen I have a freestanding stove and it is approximately two inches from the wall. And I have a lamp that is wonderful and it looks absolutely wonderful in the kitchen but it has a gray, long – extremely long – cord.

    LESLIE: And it’s a table lamp?

    BARBARA: It’s a light house lamp. Where I want to place this on my counter I can plug it in right there. But since the cord is just terrible long, I was wondering if it was dangerous if I put the cord behind the stove where I could plug it way over into the other socket.

    TOM: What kind of stove do you have again?

    BARBARA: It’s a freestanding.

    TOM: It’s a modern gas stove.

    BARBARA: Yes, and it’s new.

    TOM: Shouldn’t be any problem at all to run an extension cord behind that.

    BARBARA: Well, thank you so much.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

    LESLIE: You know, another option is if she wanted – if you can see where the socket is in this lighthouse lamp, if you can get to that wire – you know, unplug the light; get to where that socket is; undo the two screws that hold in that wire and just clip away the cord so it’s the proper length that you need it at. Then strip away the covering and reattach those two wires and you’ll have just a shorter cord.

    TOM: And that makes a lot more sense because why have extra cord that you just have to run somewhere and it’s a bigger chance that you could have a problem.

    Barbara, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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