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1974 lamp base for sale

Started Oct 6 0 Replies

I also have the globe, which you can have it you want, but I messed it up.  I turned the thing upside down while hot, and it's ruined.  The base on the other hand, is in perfect shape.  Perfect gold…Continue

I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr MaGoo Oct 8. 14 Replies

So I've got a 1974 lamp that used to run awesome.  The lava moved smoothly from top to bottom in a soothing fashion.  But there was a little bit of the lava stuck up on the glass above the liquid.  I…Continue

Why do new lava lamps suck?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kero48 Aug 12. 3 Replies

I got the lamp in the video on ebay years ago, and it is AWESOME.  It moves slowly and smoothly and the lava is 100% opaque (can't see through it)... the definition of therapeutic to watch!…Continue

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Oct 12
Mr MaGoo replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"So agree!"
Oct 8
Brad replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"i didn't read every post, but have you tried using a different bulb? the clear ones burn a bit hotter than the frosted ones, so perhaps that may be an easy thing to try. i agree that it sounds like the globe isn't getting hot enough since…"
Oct 8
MileHigh replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
""In the past they've had ones on display that are awesome, and then I get home and turn on the one I bought, and it's nothing like it! " Maybe your new lamp had not been broken in yet or the environment in your house was…"
Oct 6
Jonathan Hoffman replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"I double checked about the 1 day waiting period for cool down, and they said they would set it aside safely for me if I had already paid for it.  And as far as the break in period, Those display units are run all day every day, so I'd say…"
Oct 6
MileHigh replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"The only problem with your plan is that you will not be able to safely transport the lamp the same day that you viewed it flowing. So the store would need to hold it for you until the next day when you could pick it up cold. New lamps usually…"
Oct 6
Keith replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"So the lava stays at the top even when cold?  The towel method can still work to fix your globe.  Basically, the top of the globe needs to get hotter to allow the wax to melt.  A blow dryer can work also, but for me a towel (or even…"
Oct 6
Jonathan Hoffman replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"So I called one of the local hippy supply stores and explained that I have a very high standard for how good a lamp flows, and they said if I go in there and see a particular one ON DISPLAY that i really like, they would sell that display lamp to…"
Oct 6
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Oct 6
MileHigh replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"Grandes use 100 watt bulbs and take about 2-3 hours to start flowing. I purchased three grandes about 8 years ago and they all sucked as they were either super cloudy or did not flow. At the time I vowed never to buy their crap again! However a few…"
Oct 6
Jonathan Hoffman replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"And youve seen good performance out of them??  What light bulb do they use? Still the 40 watt?"
Oct 6
MileHigh replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"I agree -  most new lava lamps perform like crap when compared to vintage/older lamps. The only new lava lamps that I purchase are Grandes which do flow nicely if you get a good one…"
Oct 6
Jonathan Hoffman replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"Gotcha.  It'll be a while before it's an issue again. New lava lamps, basically all of them I've seen, flow like crap. and these retro ones are 120+ on ebay and I'm not at a place right now to be spending that kind of money…"
Oct 6
MileHigh replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"not lecturing - just informing you of the proper way of resolving a problem like that in case you ever need to do so again without ruining your lamp ;)"
Oct 6
Jonathan Hoffman replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"believe me I'm well aware that this was my own mistake.  I don't need to be lectured about it.  All I need right now is help fixing what I messed up"
Oct 6
MileHigh replied to Jonathan Hoffman's discussion I messed up my lamp - help fixing it )-:
"The best way to ruin a good lava lamp is to shake/move it while it is warm :( You could have easily resolved the problem by simply covering the lamp with a towel which would have made it hotter and melted the wax on top. A hairdryer could have been…"
Oct 6

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Something Interesting About Me:
I do a lot of lathe wood working
Where I Live:
Kansas City
My First Lava Lamp was:
A silver green and blue
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
1
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
A 1960's gold base and red lava
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