How do I get wire thru chandelier arm ?


Hi guys. Well I am trying to do this chandeliers. Please tell me someone has a solution. All the projects I have been trying to do have ended in I cant finish due to I tried a bunch......... I have a chandelier that I have to rewire all the arms but I cant get it to go all the way thru S shaped arm. Small S on one and then big S that goes to the keyless socket. i tried attaching it to the wires I need to replace....Nope. I have tried small cable attached to pull thru. nope. tried the little ball chain that use on lights , nope. My hands says " no way" so all my projects I have to give away. I gave 7 sets windows away. I have all sorts of material that I will give away. I have the cushion stuff for chairs. I have the frame work to make a porch swing or make a frame out in a purgala n hang there. And a bunch of little stuff that I have, like almost every wood screw. and old flat head screws from the chairs I re did. which still have. AAAAAHHHHHHHH. Im ok.... Is what it n is. Moving on. Thanks guys for all your help it is greatly appreciated.

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 30, 2021

    Hi Katie, I would remove the "sheath" from the wire you're working with to take down the bulk. That's helped me in the past. Electrical wire (besides the ground) all comes coated so its safe to do so in your situation. And, stupid question, is it not possible to reuse the wire that's already in the arms?

    • Katie Katie on Apr 30, 2021

      I did split the wire. its very flexible but one of the curves is tight. I have tried everything. but thank you.

  • William William on Apr 30, 2021

    Could be the old wires are corroded inside the tubes. You can try spraying some WD40 into the tube and let it soak for a while. Try putting some liquid dish soap on the wire to act as a lubricant. You might be able to push it thru. What I also have done if the old wires are out is feed a string into the one end and suck the string thru the other end. I also have a compressor and try to blow the string thru. The small cable you tried has to be thin and flexible or it will get hung up. I'm sorry to hear your giving stuff away. I remember cleaning up my workshop and throwing stuff away that I ended up needing in the future.

    • Katie Katie on May 01, 2021

      The cable I used was really thin and it wouldnt go thru with the cord. the old wires i pulled out. So I guess it might be yet another project I wont be able to finish and all my beautiful chandeliers will.................... I dont know what I will do with them. UUuuuuuggggghhhhh. Thank you for your answer.

  • Well that sounds frustrating, I'm so sorry. If you have to replace the old wiring, can you pull it all out and then try to take something else and pass it through to make sure there isn't a blockage along the way? Also it seems like you're not along, this question seems popular online. Here's a discussion with some other helpful tips. Best of luck that this project works out!

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Apr 30, 2021

    Try and pull the old wiring out and then use a firm wire to push through the arm. After that, make a loop out of the firm wire and use it to pull the new wire through arm.

  • William William on May 01, 2021

    Here are some ideas you can do

  • You could try running string through it, secure it to the wire then pull the string back through.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 03, 2021

    Hi Katie: Maybe the wire you're using is too thick. Take some of the old wire to the home improvement or whatever store you get your wire from and see if you can match the thickness. Take one of the arms with you and see if they can offer some advice as to how to run the wire through. Never give up on your projects. I have some that I couldn't figure out what to do with and I just put it away. Then, years later, the answer came to me as to what to do :)

    Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 04, 2021

    here is some expert advise for you

  • Tammie Cook Tammie Cook on May 04, 2021

    Try putting a fishing weight on the end of the wire to thread it through