Recently, I repaired an old lamp fixture. Now the 'socket shell' and 'socket
cap' assembly seem to have a little more play than they previously did.
Occasionally, they will break apart if the lamp is not closed carefully.
Any suggestions on how create a better fit? Just pushing them together
harder doesn't do anything.
This is the link showing what I mean by 'socket shell' and 'socket cap'.
Every time you take one of those apart, it gets a little looser. The
prongs on one half have to fit tightly into the recepticals on the other
half. I suspect your prongs are getting mashed down, the two halves are
geting out of perfect shape, and the thin metal is losing its "spring".
Also, if the prongs don't seat right the whole thing will be loose.
You can fool with it and make it a little better, or you can go buy a
new one. I'd buy a new one for the time it takes to fix the old one.
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