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The Infernal Mr Adams
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« on: March 05, 2007, 01:06:53 am »

So I just made THIS and its awesome! If you guys get a chance to you should totally do it...its a lot of fun and really easy...

ANYWAY, I bought the dimmer for this project and now I have an ugly dimmer knob on my Electroluminator.....and Im wondering, does anyone know where I could get a cooler knob thats more appropiate to the Victorian look Im looking for? Like maybe an industrial, chunky thing from a mad scientists lab.

Is there maybe a website Im missing?....thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2007, 01:45:32 am »

How about a big brass key, of the type used to wind large clocks? 
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2007, 01:52:14 am »

By Jove!  I bought six lights for that project just the other day.  I must expedite it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2007, 01:58:44 am »

How about a big brass key, of the type used to wind large clocks? 

Oooo, I could actually really use a key for the next thing Im working on...but for this I think a key not be aesthetically what Im looking for.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2007, 02:17:34 am »

Without knowing where the dimmer is located on the box, I offer this... what about a small crank, similar to those found on spring-powered gramophones?
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007, 02:19:06 am »

Oh! Oh!  How about a knob like this: http://tinyurl.com/2sluup
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007, 02:35:58 am »

Fmra - If the dimmer was on the side I would certainly consider it, but it in the front and Im not a big fan of those cranks in the front.

Mr Hildebrandt - Thats a great Knob! but I wonder If I could take it apart. It would actually but cool to use as is...but how?? Its not wired for Electricty. :/
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2007, 02:40:36 am »

I'm fairly certain that there is a screw in the center of the know that holds it to the valve.  It shouldn't be too difficult to do this, the attach it somehow to whatever shaft the original dimmer nob was affixed to.  If memory serves, they should be roughly the same diameter, though the valve shaft is square (I think). 
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2007, 02:49:37 am »

Im gonna go to Lowes or Home Depot after work and see what I can find. Thanks man!
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2007, 06:52:07 pm »

seen that instructable and am trying to get the bits to build it.love the idea of the brass drain knob Grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2007, 07:09:18 pm »

Speaking of brass knobs from piping, then I am looking for something similar for smallish electronic controls with a 1/4" / 6mm axle, where the standard knob size from a water pipe may be a bit too much of a good thing. Are these knobs/handles used in some form of hobby contruction perhaps?
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2007, 07:28:14 pm »

What about the brass terminal lugs on old electrical equipment? Google "telegraph key" and you'll see what I mean.
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2007, 06:22:22 pm »

Don't old oil lamps have a "key" like wick adjuster?

Something like that may look closer to period.
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2007, 06:57:34 pm »

What about the brass terminal lugs on old electrical equipment? Google "telegraph key" and you'll see what I mean.

I would think most of them actually would be too small for the purpose.  Cheesy

WisconsinPlatt: That might be worth looking into, assuming those are generally available as spare parts or similar.

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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2007, 06:24:54 pm »

Looks like "Key" was the correct term for what I was referring to...a quick search gives us...


http://www.antiquelampsupply.com/search.php?category_id=208

and

http://www.mylampparts.com/index.php?cPath=608_609

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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2007, 02:16:19 am »

So this is what I wound up getting:




Any suggestions on how to attach it? I was thinking some epoxy, plus brass tubing might be in order
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2007, 02:49:09 am »

I'd suggest JB Weld in place of epoxy.  How do the knob's and the dimmer's shaft diameters compare?
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2007, 05:58:07 am »

Ill let you know in a couple days, I havent been able to remove the red dial yet :/ The bolt is stuck pretty tight.

I just compared best I could, they are pretty close.......but the dimmer also has a notch to lock it into the knob, I found a replacement knob at Home Depot that has various little plastic pieces that, depending which kind of dimmer knob you have, it can lock into.

I might JB Weld that to the other end of the brass tube.
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2007, 06:22:51 pm »

Please post your solution as I was considering those same handles for use in a case mod.

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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2007, 06:37:19 pm »

Will do Wink
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