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Metal Floor Lamp Repair

I have a metal floor lamp that consists of a pole that is attached to the base by means of a screw passing through the base and into a ‘nut’ that is positioned on the bottom of the pole. The bottom is now broken and consequently not now possible to re-attach to the base. A local welder (at a car repairer) has tried to do a welding job but was unable to do so - indicating to me that the metal was not ‘weldable’ (he suggested that it was an alloy).

Does anyone have an alternative suggestion for the repair, rather than replacing the entire lamp?

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The three images are of the broken base of pole, broken base of pole with the screw as it should be placed, and the metal base of the floor lamp that the pole sits upon.

There does not appear to be very much surface area of the base to be able to glue the screw collar to, but any further comments would be very much appreciated.

John

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Two further images submitted as very kindly requested. Does that help you at all?

At this point, I am wondering whether it is possible to place a washer inside the base and another (larger diameter) one outside the base passing the existing screw through both and securing in place with a reasonable quantity of Epoxy Resin adhesive. Would that work, do you think?

John

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@lichfieldjohn that will depend on what the damaged area looks like and what the base looks like. Post some pictures of those things with your QUESTION. That way we can see what you see and hopefully come up with some viable ideas.

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wonder if a different bolt with a washer would fit through the collar. Can you take one more picture of the part on the left of picture 1? This time let us see the inside of that collar.

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@lichfieldjohn use a big fender washer that fits on the inside of the broken piece. Epoxy that in. Get a bolt with the approximate same diameter as the previous threaded rod. Push that through and epoxy that in as well. You could even fill that broken part with something like epoxy resin. now with the bolt sticking through and firmly in place cut a slot on the bottom of the bolt where the thread ends. Make it big enough for a screwdriver the fit in. Use another fender washer that fits over the bolt and on the bottom of the broken part, that should sandwich the broken part in between two fender washers. You can then mount the pole through the base and reapply the pole to the base and attach a nut to it. The slot you cut in the bottom of the bolt, is to hold the bolt in place while you tighten the nut. Hope this makes sense.

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Yes, I see what you mean, and a 'spread' of the load through a washer could make the difference. It may not be clear from the pictures, but the existing threaded rod is hollow so that the electric wire to the lamps is able to pass through, but the principle of glueing the washers/threaded rod appears to me to be sound and is the route I will take.

Thank you for your continued involvement, and I really do appreciate your time and effort in 'rescuing' the item from the scrap heap.

Kind regards,

John

Yes, you are right. I did forget about the wire having to go through the center of the bolt. /check your local hardware store. You can purchase teh threaded pipe for lamp repairs. They do come in various length and sizes. Substitute the bolt for one of those rods. Or if you know somebody with a lathe etc. ask them if they could drill through a bolt for you.

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Hi @lichfieldjohn ,

Try using an epoxy glue (example only) to see if that is strong enough and will hold the joint between the base and pole.

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