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Jan 7: Resto job
07-JAN-2013 David Mingay

Jan 7: Resto job

Resto. I donít know quite how old this lamp is, or how long L has owned it. I do know that when I first saw it, it was in a terrible state. Not only covered a think layer of dust, it had been badly rewired in modern flex of a type that looked more suitable for a military application. The design of the lamp with the switch and lamp housings separate meant that the outer insulation needed to be stripped an inch short of the lamp, with the inner wires then split off in different directions. It looked dangerous. It probably was. It was crying out for a rewire in the proper braided flex it was designed for, and a good clean. I tracked down the cable, a new switch and grommets, and set about a resto job. Along the way I learned how to tie a proper strain relief knot and now itís safe, functional and beautiful. I think it looks like the sort of thing that might turn up in an episode of Poirot.

The only reason to bring it up today is that I've just received another order of braided flex for a similar treatment to our porch light.

10 years ago today there was a sunset.

Canon EOS 5D
1/60s f/5.6 at 48.0mm iso400 full exif

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Linda Mingay08-Jan-2013 07:51
I've owned the lamp since 1987 when I bought it from a small vintage shop in Headington, Oxford. (I wonder if that shop is still there? No - just had a look on streetview!) At the time it was already very old and had already had the bodged rewire so it certainly qualifies as "vintage" I reckon.
Ray :)07-Jan-2013 21:28
That flex triggers off memories of an era of black and white tellies and bakolite switches.
In fact my mum was a member of the 'Electrical Association for Women' which was sponsored by Seeboard. It was an age when women couldn't really be trusted to replace a fuse. "Know Your Limits!"
Michael Todd Thorpe07-Jan-2013 21:10
That looks nice, DM... good job. You're right, looks like it should be on the set of Poirot.