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Offline Andrew_D

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Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« on: February 12, 2010, 03:36:06 PM »
So I'm not to head to the shop today 'cause the in-laws are coming and there's work to be done!!!

I "subtly" point out that the halogen lamp that is leaning to one side needs to be fixed. This lamp is part of a set. Includes a couple of lamps on end tables and such. They all match, so I will either have to buy a new set or repair it. Off to the shop I go....

Here's some pics of the re-build:

#1 - The busted lamp - Most of these are like this. There is a small threaded piece that is supposed to hold the two halves together. Makes them more compact for shipping, but it is a very weak point. After moving the lamps quite a few times, the threads tend to pull out.

So I need to find a piece to replace it with. I'm thinking of a longer piece for more support and use Loctite to hold it all together.

#2 - ID of the tube is 0.910". I have some 1" round Hot Rolled, but then I'd have to drill a hole for the wire. I eventually find some 3/4" pipe with an OD of 1.051" (pic #3) and ID of 0.840" (pic #4). This should work.

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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010, 03:41:19 PM »
OK, so I've got the piece I'm going to use. I throw it in my 7x12, support the end with the live center, 'cause it's eventually going to have a sidewall of about 0.035"

Pic #1 and #2 show turning the outside down to the 0.910" dimension.

Pic #3 shows the black lamp tube sliding over the new piece. It was hard to get on, and the internal threads grabbed trying to get it off. I had a heck of a time, so it should be good.

Pic #4 shows parting off the new piece. Note the old drill bit used to catch it when it parts off.


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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2010, 03:44:21 PM »
OK, last post...

Pic #1: Here's the old threaded piece beside the new piece.

Pic #2: Here's the new piece installed in the bottom tube. (Red Loctite)

Pic #3: The two tube's together. Loctite is wiped off.

I stuck it in front of the electric furnace for a bit. I'll go grab it around supper time before the company arrives.
Total time, including the pics: 45 minutes.

Andrew



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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010, 04:36:57 PM »
Isn't it great when you can fix things instead of throwing them out  :clap:

And you get a small quantity of brownie points too .... not that they'll last long in my exp ...  :doh:
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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010, 08:15:04 PM »
Darren took the words right out of my mouth.  :clap:

Nice to be able to fix things at home not have to buy new. Thanks for taking the time for pictures and posting.

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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 06:16:55 PM »
And you get a small quantity of brownie points too .... not that they'll last long in my exp ...

Hey, I'll take any brownie points I can.

Even the ones from getting up with a screaming kid last Thursday night 2-4:30 AM. Hey that's only a few hours before I fixed that lamp.

Better not tell the wife I can do this kind of work on minimal sleep - she'll quit feeling sorry for me after a night like that!

Andrew

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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2010, 09:35:34 PM »
You did a nice job there, Andrew.
I'm another one who likes the idea of fixing up rather than throwing out.  Good on ya!

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Re: Fixing a Halogen Lamp
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010, 04:08:58 PM »
Well done Andrew  :thumbup:

As the guys have said it's sooooooo...... much better to mend something than just dump it, I suppose if we count man hours it's not economical, but that's not the point is is  ..........    it's the fact ..........  "we can" ........ :dremel:

I spent about an hour tonight making a new handle for a casserole pot, not worth taking pictures etc but ........... brownie point wise  "very useful", to be fair though I probably use the bloomin thing more than the Mrs so I'm glad I eventually got a round tuit.

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