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  • Lamp help needed

    I have an English gig that has large oval brackets that a lamp just drops down into. I could not find an original lamp but got some that have a nice large round shaft that fits into the oval bracket. I have wrapped it with some felt to snug it up and attached some velcro to keep it from turning. My problem is that it wants to rock back and forth in the oval bracket. I can't shim it from the bottom because the shim would fall out. Can;'t shim from top because lamp is in the way. Any suggestions to make them steady and snug.
  • Original Poster

    p.s. my 1st show is this weekend so I do not have time to try and have a set screw installed.


    • #3
      What about that sticky putty stuff, that teachers use to hang posters on the wall? Shove a wad of that into the gap? Don't know if it would work, but maybe worth trying?
      Your Horse's Home On The Road!


      • #4
        You could try to make a little roll of tape (or something) to sit in the front and back of the lamp column (or whichever side has the gap

        then tape the tubes around the lamp column to stabilize - for "filler"

        then drop the "new" assembly into the oval bracket

        good luck on your show


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by butlerfamilyzoo View Post
          What about that sticky putty stuff, that teachers use to hang posters on the wall? Shove a wad of that into the gap? Don't know if it would work, but maybe worth trying?
          I was trying to think of something on this order but that would set up and be solid. Does that putty dry?


          • #6
            i dont think it dries because i know they reuse it and it always comes down "gooey". So i think it would stay soft enough to get it back off. Maybe try a piece outside for the next few days and see if it would harden up on you?
            Your Horse's Home On The Road!


            • #7
              What about plumber's putty?


              • #8
                I'm sorry, but I'm laughing hysterically. It's late and I read this as "Lame Help Needed". I was going to post some lame help, and it appears I just have.

                Although now that I've read the OP's post, have you tried Sealtex Latex rather than felt? It's sticky, but not gooey. Won't drip or shift and will stick to itself and you can trim it so that it's just *bit* thicker at the bottom than the top by doing a narrow piece around the bottom, then a wider piece over it and extending the length of the pin.
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                • Original Poster

                  For now we just rolled up some felt to take up the slack and used black tape. This will get me by but I can't imagine this is my best option. I would have thought that a particular lamp maybe fits in there properly. I have posted on an overseas forum where the gig came from but no replies and all the lamp searches I have done they have all had round stems not oval


                  • Original Poster

                    In case any one was curious this is my Gig that it took me 2 years to find. I just had it restored.
                    I can't find any way to add an attachment


                    • #11
                      Many antique vehicles with lamps - the lamp was specifically made for the vehicle
                      Thats why I always get annoyed/upset when they split up the lamps and carriages at the auctions
                      Lamps can go for big bucks and often the buyer of the carriage does not win the bid on the lamps

                      send me a PM there is a lamp specialist in eastern PA - I can send you their contact
                      and if they cant help they might know someone who can