Is there any real reason not to make my own lamp cord?
In our basement storage bin (I own an apartment), we have a ceramic socket mounted to the wall over the door. That's the only light for the bin. The previous owners had installed a long cord w/ a plug, and when they/we wanted to rummage around among the junk, we'd carry the plug over to the outlet on the hallway wall. When we were done, we unplugged the the light, coiled up the cord, hung it on a hook, and locked the door.
The point being: the light isn't plugged in unless we're there.
Something went kablooey once when a bulb was broken while it was in the fixture. So DH clipped through the wire close to the socket, and set us up with a trouble light instead. I hate it--it's annoying. It doesn't illuminate the right section of junk, you have to move it around, you have to hang it on something stupid and low, so it's always shining in my eyes..
I want to reinstate the arrangement we had before. So I bought a long length of lamp cord and a DIY plug. I thought it would be a good project to teach my 13yo son some of the basics of electrical wiring. So one day *he* could be the one to change the light switch, or something.
I thought I'd take the ceramic socket down, wire the new cord, add the plug, and then reinstall the socket.
Is there a serious reason why this is dangerous, or why I shouldn't do it?