Friday, April 15, 2011

How Is Everyone Doing?



I got my wonderful 1950's floor lamp a few days ago, and I was so busy, the box sat there for two days before I could open it. I am so thrilled! Now I will be more thrilled when I get more light bulbs and test it ha ha. I'll grab one and check all the sockets out, just to be sure.




I am so sad to report, one of my favorite, favorite lamps... Died... DUM dum de DUMM...

The opening at the bottom is about 2-3" wide, and the screw is about 4" up inside that. Now how the HECK am I going to be able to rewire it if I can't reach the bottom bolt with conventional tools??? I tried unscrewing the lightbulb socket, and it does, but you can't "pull it up" to bring wire up too. Does that make sense?

Any suggestions? I'm so bummed!!



I have been so swamped with work, I have been out of commission. Not to mention internet problems and an afternoon spent trying to wrestle the "telephone interface network" box at the corner of my house open, to run some phone lines directly in and bypass the problem I am having with the inside wiring (all legal, I've been paying for two landlines and only able to use one the connection is so bad on the other). Still unable to open it!!! Will call someone in... Ugh lol...


I did do some browsing on eBay yesterday and watched as a most bitchin' 50's couch and chair sell for only $300... In gray, which I could have used, and have been looking for ages... (A couch in black, or gray if not black).

But I wasn't sure what freight shipping would be, and the auction was ending too soon. And... What if I get it, and it stinks??!!


Hope everyone is doing well. I have not had much time to read and comment on your blogs, but I should be able to now.

What a week! lol...
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19 comments:

  1. Take it to a lamp repair shop!

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  2. I totally love that standing lamp. We bought one with metal "shades" and freaked out at how HOT the thing got! We use those twisty kind of light bulbs now and they kept it cool and bright. Put them in our other vintage lamps too. Sorry about the lamp that can't be fixed.

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  3. Yeah, was hoping to do it myself Barbara and save some cash, but I think I might take all my broken lamps up and have someone else do it.

    Helen the ceiling lamps in my house get so hot, and that was a standard 40 watt bulb! I took the glass off I was so concerned! But they have worked for 50+ years, so it must be ok?? lol

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  4. I agree, take the lamp and make fixing it someone elses headache haha. As for the couch I know what you mean. Id love a vintage couch & chair but it doesnt seem practical to me to bring in 50+ years of dust mites and dander when me and my kids have allergies and asthma. Ive thought about it and I think Id rather buy retro for that than have the real thing. Gasp! Haha Im actually planning to do a post on this. I doubt many people will agree with me but thats their right hah.

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  5. I love both your lamps! Bummer about the second one, but there's got to be a solution somewhere. I agree with you on the couch set, too... it's just too difficult to get smells out of upholstery (as opposed to, say, a dress shirt) and better safe than sorry. There's a grey couch set with your name on it just around the corner at some estate sale or thrift store, just you wait! :)

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  6. Yeah, that's the other thing... I don't care how much you steam clean a couch, you don't know WHAT people have done on those things :::shock:::

    I think I'll buy a new, retro style, BUT some reviews I read of some retro couches, were that they were poorly made, so you have to do some real shop time and get the best you can for the price.

    That couch will come to me, I just know it... But I'd better get that dining table moved out of the living room first...

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  7. A friend pointed out some websites that show lamp repair. D'oh! Sometimes I'm so dumb lol didn't think it would help to look, but I think I can fix the lamp after all. Should be a simple matter of rewrapping the wire on the posts. I didn't want to spend a bunch of time and money having someone else do it...

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  8. Glad the floor lamp arrived in good shape. It's a beaut!

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  9. Oh my that top lamp you purchased is just amazing! I want one of those so bad!! For next to my computer desk.

    Your lamp that died is pretty darn amazing too. I am sure a lamp repair will be able to fix it for you.

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  10. Yeah, I tried again, and the wire should pull up with the socket. It's not grrr lol... I wonder where you take lamps to be repaired? A decade ago, a lot of places, now? Home Depot? I don't think so... Hm...

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  11. Hope your lamp repair works out. I love that lamp!

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  12. Want. That. Lamp.

    (Say in zombie voice, as in, "Brains. Braaainnnnsss. BRAAINNNNSSS!"

    You always find the coolest stuff!

    Things have been insane over in my edge of the world. Gotta love graduate admissions! My friend got laid off on Monday and that helps me realize how lucky I am right now to still have my job.

    I love that lamp.

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  13. Your new lamp is rockin'! So glad it arrived in good shape. I think lampmakers use a socket that attaches to what I've always called a socket extender. It looks like a screwdriver but the socket clicks onto it. If hubby has one all you would need to do is cut the plug off and pull the old wire out through the light socket.

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  14. If you figure it out, I have several like that that do not want to come apart. I'm afraid I'll break them it I mess with it too much. There is a great lamp shop in Waldo area of Kansas City Missouri and it's called Rensen House of Lights...They used to have commercials about "Dave the Lampmaker", way back when I was a kid, and he's still there. He can do anything, I just haven't taken the time to go get it done! PS that new pole lamp is great!

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  15. I thought you must have been busy as I haven't seen you do your usual 5am thang. Love your new lamp, unfortunately I'm no help on the rewiring, it's something I need to learn myself so I can fix the ten or so spare lamps I have downstairs. glad things are improving for you!

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  16. What a gorg lamp i bet you were jumping up and down just opening the box ;-) Sorry to hear about you other lamp dieing that's such a shame i hope you can get it working again its such a beauty. And i am glad to hear that your Ok apart from your internet connection ;-)Have a lovely weekend, dee x

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  17. That lamp is stunning! Aw that's a shame about the other one, I agree get someone else to fix it.

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  18. I'm not at all qualified to re-wire lamps, but I'm curious to know if needle-nose pliers would reach the bolt

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  19. Will you be doing a little pole (lamp) dancing in celebration, hmmmmm? Very nice and I wish I had one but I'm too busy spending all the money we don't have buying glass.

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