View Full Version : H/F carbide grinder lamp too limp?

02-10-2008, 07:44 PM
Anybody else's lamp tubing way too wimpy to hold it's position? I thought it was the heavier C/F bulb I installed originally but even after switching to a regular bulb it still won't hold it's position. Anybody come up with a fix?

02-10-2008, 07:47 PM
I have the same problem, not big enough to fix......Yet.

02-10-2008, 08:38 PM
I dunno if there is enough space in the flexible conduit to shove a fairly heavy piece of solid copper wire up inside, but it would still allow you to bend it into position while adding just a bit of rigidity.


02-10-2008, 08:54 PM
I slipped a split plastic wire sheath with a few wire ties over mine.

er...the grinder lamp shaft that is.

Now it's erect.

er...now it's stiff I mean.

Carry on.


02-10-2008, 08:54 PM
Mine works ok. Only a couple months old thou...
You could wrap it in duct tape:D

02-10-2008, 09:28 PM
Would a short length of garden hose fit over it?

I think that would fix the problem.


02-10-2008, 10:34 PM
I like the gooseneck style lamps, but always ended up replacing them with the parrellogram arm style after a while because they get loose.

Then while replacing a stove I figured out that flex line for a gas stove works nice to slip over or replace the existing neck.

They also sell the bright yellow direct bury flex pipe style that seems to stay tight for a long while.

Unless you just slip it over the existing neck you need to fab up some adapters to fit the lamp holder and base mounts


Optics Curmudgeon
02-10-2008, 10:38 PM
How about Viagra?

02-10-2008, 11:14 PM
Wrap it with black electrical tape.

02-10-2008, 11:23 PM
How about Viagra?

Yeah - I wondered about that too.

I think they mean "slack" and not "flaccid" - yet??

But perhaps Viagra will create another problem - rigidity and what was often referred to in the Navy as a "You can't bend it".

02-10-2008, 11:32 PM
Sucks don't it........
I gave mine a twist, turned the head around about 180 deg and it seamed to help a lot. Still sucks, I'm gonna' do something permanent, ahhh.... when I get a "round-tuit".
(PS. I hate that stupid water drippy thingy, it's just in my friggn' way all the dang time, I think it needs some JB Weld.........)

02-10-2008, 11:46 PM
get a heavy gauge piece of #6-#4 solid wire and tape it to the existing sheath.


Your Old Dog
02-11-2008, 06:43 AM
This little story is related to your problem.

Little Johnny is visiting with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandmas in the house making cookies, Grandpa's is rocking on the front porch and little Johnny is bored sitting on the front steps. Granddad sees Johnny's boredom and suggest, "hey Johnny, see that worm over there in the dirt? I'll give you a buck if you can stuff it back into the hole" The thought of some candy money weighed heavily and few hours go by and Johnny shouts "I did it Grandpa" In glee he runs inside to tell Grandma. When he comes out Gramps is holding the dollar bill out for Johnny to grab. Johnny says, "thanks grandpa, that makes 5. But I only gave you a dollar" says Gramps! "Yea but Grandma gave me $4.00 when I told her I sprayed it with hairspray and it went right in ".

I used hairspray on my ginder. It didn't work for the other. :rolleyes:

06-15-2008, 12:04 PM
To put a little closure on this thread, here's my Father's day early morning project.

My wife found this articulated flourescent magnifier lamp in a yard sale for $3.00. It looks brand new (no scarring on the original chintzy clamp bracket and no blackening of the flourescent tube.) It was marked $5.00 but wifey don't pay retail for nuttin'.

I knew the original clamp wouldn't last 5 min. around me so I made a robust mount this morning. A piece of scrap aluminum and a turned & reamed steel bushing guarantees a long life. The only thing I did wrong was to assume that the 25/32" hole I drilled would open up enough when the mount was heated to allow a drop-in fit of the bushing. I froze the bushing and heated the mount for quite a while with a propane torch. When I put the bushing in the hole and whacked it with my lead hammer, it went in about a 1/2" and made that sickening, solid thud. I had to quickly carry it over to the anvil, put the lead hammer on top of the bushing and wail the heck out of it with my 5 lb. BFH. When it cooled off, the 1/2" bushing I.D. had shrunk a bunch and had to be re-reamed. At least now I don't have to worry about the bushing falling out....EVER.

It mounts to the back of my little grinding table and will swivel around to work great at both of the grinders and the disc sander as well. It's unbelievable how much nicer it is to have a strong light AND magnifying when grinding a tool. I LIKE IT! Happy Father's day to me, Happy Father's.......





06-15-2008, 12:13 PM
Sucks don't it........
I gave mine a twist, turned the head around about 180 deg .....

This also worked for me......
Not perfect but quick, cheep, and easy

doctor demo
06-15-2008, 12:31 PM
Industrial grade heat shrink tubing, not the wimpy stuff they sell at auto stores . Slip it on and heat 3-4'' at the ends, a little more if you want more ridgid.

Ps it worked well for my lamps lack of erectness