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Earthquake Proofing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong May 4. 2 Replies

Out of curiosity how has your collection fared during an earthquake of any magnitude? Did your collection survive? How have you Earthquake proofed them? I just started collecting, and I'm genuinely…Continue

Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong Apr 30. 5 Replies

Hi so the vintage Crestworth Astro i have is currently using a 50 watt bulb on it. It flows great with it. However, the max wattage for these are 40 watts and I don't want to run the risk of…Continue

.2 microns filter paper

Started Apr 18 0 Replies

Hi so I bought a Büchner funnel to filter my lamps, but I'm having trouble looking for a .2 microns filter paper. The lowest I've seen on Amazon are 1 microns. I don't know if that will work. Anyone…Continue

Does my crestworth mk4 have good flow?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong Apr 12. 2 Replies

This was the lamp I posted the other day. The bulb it came with wasn't heating enough to get it to flow so i bought a new one at the store. …Continue

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Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Earthquake Proofing?
"LMAO. Moving, now that's a thought. I'll try to get some of that museum clay. I think that should work. "
May 4
Mr MaGoo replied to Michael Strong's discussion Earthquake Proofing?
"Think you could use museum clay on them, they should be fine. Regards, MaGoo!"
May 1
Michael Strong posted a discussion

Earthquake proofing?

Out of curiosity how has your collection fared during an earthquake of any magnitude? Did your collection survive? How have you Earthquake proofed them? I just started collecting, and I'm genuinely curious on how to prepare my lamps in case a strong earthquake occurs. I don't want to lose my collection. Especially my vintage ones. I live in California, so preparing for one is very important. I'd like to hear some tips and some stories good or bad about your collection after one. See More
May 1
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"Update: Since the bayonet bulbs were so obscure around my area, I just bought a BA15D to e12 adapter. With the extra height from the adapter a 40 watt candelabra was able to properly heat up the lamp. Although I did need to adjust the master fluid…"
Apr 30
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"I've left it overnight a few days ago on a 40 watt bulb, and it only got as far as doming. "
Apr 29
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"I should've mentioned that I'm in the States and had to convert the plug, but that shouldn't be an issue once  I've gotten a 120 volt bulb. And the only bayonet bulbs sold here that I could find was a 50 watt bulb. When I…"
Apr 29
Johnny replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"depending what type age base you have can make a difference, i have a 70s astro which the base is one part and compared to early models where the base is made up of 2 copper parts it is more sluggish, ive never seen a 50watt bulb for a astro is it…"
Apr 29
Zapiao replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"Give it time to heat."
Apr 29
Michael Strong posted a discussion

Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb

Hi so the vintage Crestworth Astro i have is currently using a 50 watt bulb on it. It flows great with it. However, the max wattage for these are 40 watts and I don't want to run the risk of stressing the glass and it cracking from the heat. But when I put it on a 40 watt lamp of my other Astro, it does nothing. Does anyone know how I can get it to flow with a 40 watt bulb?See More
Apr 28
Michael Strong posted a discussion

.2 microns filter paper

Hi so I bought a Büchner funnel to filter my lamps, but I'm having trouble looking for a .2 microns filter paper. The lowest I've seen on Amazon are 1 microns. I don't know if that will work. Anyone here that's used a Büchner funnel know where to get a .2 microns filter paper. Preferably 75 mm in diameter.See More
Apr 18
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Does my crestworth mk4 have good flow?
"Hi Jezza thanks for the reply. After observing it for many hours, I've grown to appreciate its flow. it will transition from the snake column then too regular blobs then so on ☺"
Apr 12
Jezza replied to Michael Strong's discussion Does my crestworth mk4 have good flow?
"Hi Michael. I can assure you, your lamps are working perfectly. Crestworth and early Mathmos astro lamps are well known for their snaking properties and are becoming sought after for their uniqueness.  I prefer snaking lamps. But you can also…"
Apr 12
Michael Strong posted a discussion

Does my crestworth mk4 have good flow?

This was the lamp I posted the other day. The bulb it came with wasn't heating enough to get it to flow so i bought a new one at the store. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peBeOKfn2xAI keep comparing to my mathmos that I think has a good flow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBnT3JDpJxwShould I fix it or is it fine as is? I enjoy the constant motion and blob variety of my mathmos…See More
Apr 11
Lamp Addict replied to Michael Strong's discussion cleaning MSR filter for drinking
"My pleasure. Best job I ever had"
Apr 10
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion cleaning MSR filter for drinking
"Yeah, boiling it and scrubbing it didn't remove the soapy taste. I'll just go ahead and by a new filter for it and a maintenance kit. Thanks anyways, and thanks for your service  "
Apr 10
Lamp Addict replied to Michael Strong's discussion cleaning MSR filter for drinking
"Also, when I used these things in the Corps we would use a green scouring pad to remove the top layer of ceramic whenever it clogged.  Removing the top layer of ceramic "renewed" the filter for further use. You could do this a few…"
Apr 10

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Something Interesting About Me:
22 years old MALE residing in the US. Leisure time is the best time
Where I Live:
CA
My First Lava Lamp was:
Green and blue lava lite I think... It was when I was a kid
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
14.5 blue and red (2020), a new generation blue and purple mathmos and a 27" purple and yellow lava lite
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
Probably the Mathmos just because it's a better quality lamp compared to the American lamps I have.
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The vintage Crestworth I scored on ebay finally came

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 8:42pm 5 Comments

The only thing that sucks is the cap is broken. They tried to fix it by gluing the screw on cap to the metal cap. I wouldn't have a problem with it being glued if they hadn't glued it on crooked. I just used teflon tape around the thread to prevent any liquids from evaporating. Luckily all the liquids didn't drain from it. It only damped the bubble…

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The lava cult

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 1:29pm 2 Comments

I think this old 70s LAVA lite message fits this site very well

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