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kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2012
3:24 AM

Post #9175437

Have this old broken lamp, can't glue or put back together, but I'd like to, don't have the heart to throw out. The longer piece I could probably stick into the ground and use as a plant hanger, but really don't want to expose it to the weather. Any suggestions?

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kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2012
3:31 AM

Post #9175443

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frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9175659

Have you tried to repair it with JB Weld?
kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2012
7:57 AM

Post #9175705

I tried loctite epoxy for metal/concrete, didn't work. Its impossible to get the 2 pieces lined up as it is very heavy, have tried proping the pieces to line up with no luck. Will look for the JB Weld.

ifantail

ifantail
Englewood, FL

June 22, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9176087

The top piece is way too heavy for JB Weld or any type of glue, it looks it may be cast iron, if it is, find a welding shop that can weld cast iron, its too nice to throw out. I had one similar that I used it to hang a bird cage from .I'll try to send a picture.

ifantail

ifantail
Englewood, FL

June 22, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #9176108

this is the old lamp that I converted to a cage hanger, complete with fake parakeets.

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kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9176153

I think you are right that it is cast iron, very heavy and solid metal. The cord would have been on the outside as the long part is solid. Love your birdcage.Not sure cast iron can be welded.

ifantail

ifantail
Englewood, FL

June 22, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9176253

Yes, cast iron can be welded, most welding shops have the equipment to do it.
kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #9176464

Thanks, will search for one as I love old standing lamps.
J2222
Southern California, CA

June 25, 2012
8:41 PM

Post #9181174

Keep us posted as to the welding repair. I am happy to hear it can be repaired. It's lovely, either as a lamp or something else.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9190420

A decorative join, like a ball or oval or twist can be welded so the broken section has a design element. You would have to find an iron foundry such as a shop that makes custom gates and decorative details. Much of what they use is customized from prefab and not necessarily costly. I designed and had table bases made at such a shop.
kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2012
3:05 AM

Post #9190844

Thanks, that is a great idea!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9192622

It's a beautiful lamp. I'd do my best to restore it.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9192739

ditto that and I love ifantail's cage hanger.
Fleur_2011
Yucaipa, CA
(Zone 10a)

September 18, 2012
5:25 AM

Post #9278587

ifantail ~ if you hadn't have said the 'parakeets' in there were fake, I wouldn't have guessed them to be fake. They sure look real to me! Great job on the re-purpose of the lamp post.

I've got an old bird cage that I bought few years ago from a thrift store to use as a house decoration. Not sure if I want to turn it into a plant hanger or not. Still undecided on its fate as it's sitting in my 2nd bedroom that is being used for storage at the moment. Thanks for sharing your picture.
kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2012
3:14 PM

Post #9281379

I too love the birdcage idea, had real parakeets once, but what a mess. Where did you get the fake ones that look so real? The weld won't be happening soon, finally into contracts with selling my house so packing like crazy.

ifantail

ifantail
Englewood, FL

September 20, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9281640

Kob, I found the 'keets at 2 different yard sales about 5 yrs apart. Just lucky I guess, good luck on your move.
kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9281874

Thanks, I'll need all the luck I can get, moving to Tennessee with 5 cats and a dog. DH wll take the dog and one cat, been in my current house for 30 years so much to sell and sort through.

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