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Success fixing my 1978 Carlisle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Jul 12. 2 Replies

Everyone,Thanks for your help and suggestions. Three weeks ago, I found my 1978 Carlisle in the basement and plugged it in for the first time in 20 years. It worked, but the wax would mostly just…Continue

New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle

Started this discussion. Last reply by BamaMatt Jun 23. 7 Replies

Everyone,I am a new member, I just joined today. I am the original owner of a 1978 Carlisle, received it as a Christmas gift when I was a child. My wife found it in the basement, it hadn't been used…Continue

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Keith replied to Steve Hall's discussion Success fixing my 1978 Carlisle
"Good for you!  And yes, we need pics!!"
Jul 12
Mr MaGoo replied to Steve Hall's discussion Success fixing my 1978 Carlisle
"Where are the photos of said fixed lamp, come on bro we need pics!"
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Success fixing my 1978 Carlisle

Everyone,Thanks for your help and suggestions. Three weeks ago, I found my 1978 Carlisle in the basement and plugged it in for the first time in 20 years. It worked, but the wax would mostly just remain in a throbbing vertical column formation, as shown in my profile photo. Rarely would it ever do anything else. Also, the liquid would become quite cloudy after running the lamp for a few hours.After two weeks of operating the lamp a few hours daily, it improved slightly. I topped off the liquid…See More
Jul 11
BamaMatt replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"It's a spot where the wax doesn't stick. Some people have had luck running with a dimmer set low enough that the wax stays melted but doesn't actually rise up. Occasionally lift off the base, place it on a flat surface, and gently…"
Jun 23
Steve Hall replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"Thanks BamaMatt, I will take a look at the coil. What causes a bare spot on the coil? Is it a gap in the coil, or just a spot where the wax refuses to stick for some reason? How do I fix this? Regards, Steve"
Jun 23
BamaMatt replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"Most likely it's due to a bare spot on your coil. Liquid bubbles shoot up from the spot pulling wax up with it, keeping the column from breaking. Put a bright light behind the bottle and you probably can see the bubbles flowing up the…"
Jun 23
Mr MaGoo replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"You can buy PG by the gallon in feed stores, it is used in cows to correct ketosis in cows.  That is where I get mine anyway. Check it out. Just another resource."
Jun 22
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"Welcome to OozingGoo~!"
Jun 22
Steve Hall replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"Thanks for the information. The lamp is getting plenty warm, the ambient temperature in the upstairs bedroom has been 80+ degrees recently. And it has a fresh 40S11 bulb installed. I will run the lamp for a week or two before I add anything. On last…"
Jun 22
Keith replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"I almost always advise to run the lamp daily for a week or so and see how it responds.  I would also say in this case that sometimes the column flow is because the lamp just isn't getting warm enough.  It may bee in a cool room…"
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Jay Goo replied to Steve Hall's discussion New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle
"Claud J would be a good source to answer this question, but in short yes.  The more SURF you use the more globs, but if you use too much you will get a mess of little blobs.  Add about a teaspoon at a time while the lamp is flowing and…"
Jun 22
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New to group, problem with 1978 Carlisle

Everyone,I am a new member, I just joined today. I am the original owner of a 1978 Carlisle, received it as a Christmas gift when I was a child. My wife found it in the basement, it hadn't been used in 20 years. After replacing the bulb, the lamp still works.However, the lava doesn't flow as well as it did decades ago. For the most part, the lava just forms a tall column reaching from the bottom all the way to the top. The wax mostly just pulses and flows up and down through the column. It…See More
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Something Interesting About Me:
I am an amateur machinist.
Where I Live:
Fort Collins, Colorado USA
My First Lava Lamp was:
1978 Carlisle
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
1
Relationship Status:
Married

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