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I have a nice chandelier that I'd like to keep, however the light sockets are deteriorating and the light bulbs don't always connect properly which causes flickering.

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Any ideas on how to replace the socket?

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it looks like oxidization deposit, see if you can scratch it of with some steel wool –  ratchet freak Jan 12 '12 at 16:20
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This is a relatively easy DIY job. The sockets are most of the time removable. I can't tell exactly from your picture, but they are usually held in place by a screw below, the socket itself screws in, or the sockets sometimes have a thread on the top and a bolt holds it down. Remove the reflector/glass and take a look to see if you can figure out how to remove it. There will be two wires attached, usually with a screw terminal. Unscrew the wires and remove the socket. Go to Home Depot or your local hardware store and find an exact replacement (they are 99% of the time standard sockets). Re-attach the wires (doesn't matter if they are reversed in this case), re-attach the socket and enjoy your handy work!

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