Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

So, I followed Claude's instructions for recapping my grande with the 2 part epoxy. I keep thinking to myself that in my small place, with animals included I can't afford for this lamp to blow it's top after hours of use. I would probably ruin my living room for good and possibly hurt my little fury friend.

So, I went a step further. I think the photos are pretty clear in what I did.

I simply used stainless steel strapping bought from lowes along with a hose clamp to create a second layer of protection.

I simply created a plus sign with the strapping, bent it over the cap, used a good thick hose clamp to hold in place (the hose clamps tightens smaller than the width of the widest part of the neck, and then bent the strapping back over the hose clamp Kinda similar to a wire champaign cork holder if that makes sense. After bending the strap back over, I lightly tapped with the back of the screw driver the bends to flatten them out again's the strapping.

After all was done I backed off the screw a bit so that the hose clamp was not crazy tight, just snug  to stay less diameter than the widest part of the neck. This should allow the glass neck to expand while it gets hot.

The reason why I am so worried about recapping grandes is the fact that they build alot of pressure, thus possible creating a hazard once they get ultra hot.

When it was not capped and ran for a few days I had no worried other than loosing some water. Now I am worried about having a possible volcano in my place.

Oh yes, with this setup the decorative cap does not fit back over, however, I believe with a little trimming of the strap tails, it would fit.

Thoughts / comments?

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I agree they work much better than that silly rubber factory insert that deteriorates 

The Lamp Caretaker said:

Yes - his name is Kirk and he sells glitter and liquid. I want to buy some more. I'm wondering where he's getting them from. They insert into the grande globe just like the original grande stopper only their made of this really sturdy yellow plastic and again they don't leave residue as the lamp ages. You can use them for both glitter and lava like a dream. I'm surprised he's not selling them as a separate item for those of us who are working our own magic. I'd highly recommend for anyone whose revamping a grande or giant.

Claude, no your post was not was I referring to. When I first joined and starting asking about grandes someone said they didn't cap theirs right and it let loose spraying lava to the ceiling. I am 100% sure of it.

Cool on the caps. Keith the one you link to, is that the exact size or do you have to select form the drop down about size??

Yes it's the exact size Kirk recommends,  XW2.12/2.29YW1.  He says you will have to trim the circumference a little.  

See this page for reference:

http://oozinggoo.ning.com/forum/topics/fast-glitter-formula-discove...

This photo from the page shows the edge trimmed



kero48 said:

Claude, no your post was not was I referring to. When I first joined and starting asking about grandes someone said they didn't cap theirs right and it let loose spraying lava to the ceiling. I am 100% sure of it.

Cool on the caps. Keith the one you link to, is that the exact size or do you have to select form the drop down about size??

keith thanks for the info, I will order some shortly.

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