How do I fix my over reach floor lamp?

Tilly Eaton
by Tilly Eaton

So I have an arc overreach floor lamp, I’ll attach a picture. The bolt that holds the pole to the base has snapped off inside the pole and I want to see if there’s something I can do to fix it.

q how do i fix my over reach floor lamp
  13 answers
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 23, 2021

    Hi Tilly, can you see whether there are screws at the bottom of the base?

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 23, 2021

    Can you remove the screw and glue the post back in?

    Or - How about pouring a concrete base for the arc and lamp portion? All you need is a smooth cement ready-mix and a flat bottomed round container the diameter you need. Measure the diameter of your pole and stick something in the wet cement so there will be an opening for pole once dry. As long as you make the base thick enough to get a few inches of the pole set inside it should be heavy enough to hold as the weight of the cement will offset the weight of the fixture on top. If not, you can always glue or epoxy the pole into the bottom.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 23, 2021

    Hello. The picture is very helpful but what I cannot determine is how heavy the upright lamp portion actually is. I’ve used epoxy putty to repair a lot of things but I can’t tell how heavy that shade actually might be.

    Sometimes calling the manufacture can be helpful in the past they’ve sent me replacement parts complementary.

    Could a piece of tubing be inserted from the below to make a new support? Additionally shopping the lamp repair section of your big box hardware store could review reveal some options to consider.

    Hope you get your lamp repaired best wishes

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 23, 2021

    if you know the mfg of the lamp (could be on the bottom) look online at their website and see if you can fix the lamp or you can take it to a lamp shop

  • If you can get the broken piece out, you could probably find a new one to replace it. Maybe a lamp shop could help with that, if it's a clean snap. I would also call the manufacturer and inquire. Sometimes these are design flaws and they can offer repair or replacement.

  • Tilly Eaton Tilly Eaton on Aug 23, 2021

    So here are some more pictures of the base and the screw that’s snapped. The rest of the screw is still in the pole, I did get in touch with the manufacturer and they can’t help they don’t sell replacement parts or anything

  • William William on Aug 23, 2021

    Is that a solid bolt or actually a tube that the electrical wire goes thru? Can't tell by the photo. Looking at the photo of the lamp and the base I am going to assume it's a tube the electrical wire goes thru. If it is a hollow tube use a large flat blade screwdriver and insert it into the tube of the pole and with a little applied force try to unscrew it. WD40 sprayed into the pole may help to loosen it.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 23, 2021

    Look at the base for manufacturer info. Contact them and explain this. Bet they can help you and have dealt with this question before.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 24, 2021

      She already said that she contacted the manufacturer and they could not help her. Unfortunately, with more products being manufactured overseas, this is becoming the case increasingly more often.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Aug 24, 2021

    Can you super glue it back together?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 24, 2021

    If you are able to get the broken portion out, as William suggested, and replaced with a new one, I would suggest putting some weight on the base, in front of the place where the stem attaches into the base, to help keep the arc from pulling forward.

  • Tilly Eaton Tilly Eaton on Aug 24, 2021

    Thank you, I’m going to try and get the broken part out of the hollow tube tomorrow and go from there

  • If you get real stuck, I’m sure a lamp shop can help you with getting the broken piece out or with replacement parts.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 14, 2022

    Perhaps JB Weld. It would be worth reading the online info regarding this product.