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« on: May 28, 2015, 04:03:31 pm »

My ancient Dop Pot finally gave up the ghost. So, I'm going to have to get a new one. Does anybody have any recommendations? Anything you think I should avoid?
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 05:38:45 pm »

I don't mean to be a smart *ss but I' just dump the wax and go to super glue.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 05:43:43 pm »

I purchased one from Inland a little over a year ago. As with pretty much everything it is made in China, I have only used it a few times but it seems to work just fine.

All my best ......... Danny

I just did a google search and see the one I purcahsed is no longer available, there is a new copper bowl one on the market so you will need to do a bit of research.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 05:53:21 pm »

Watch the adds for vintage lapidary equipment for one of these old relics. I've had mine for about 25 years, and it was well used when I got it. These are like the Energizer bunny. They just keep going & going & going.

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2015, 08:41:38 pm »

I bought an electric bean pot at Goodwill. Gave the pot to the dogs and heat my dop wax in a tuna can on the hot plate part. Lots of room for heating cabs up too. Works great. I think it cost around 5.00.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2015, 12:44:02 am »

Watch the adds for vintage lapidary equipment for one of these old relics. I've had mine for about 25 years, and it was well used when I got it. These are like the Energizer bunny. They just keep going & going & going.



Heh. Oddly enough, that's the one that just died. And, mine was about 50 years old.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2015, 04:56:27 am »

My old Rytech (sp) is still going strong at 40 years. Still see them sometimes on Ebay. However it takes a 100 watt bulb and they are as hard to find as hens teeth. I bougth several when they were taking them off the market.

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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2015, 09:19:57 am »

Trigon, would you be willing to sell your old one as spare parts ? I have a line on another, but it's missing the pots and bottom plate.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2015, 09:40:26 am »

You know, Jake, I may just take the thing apart and see if there is anything I can do with it to get it working.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2015, 10:51:02 am »

It may just be a wire that shorted inside. If so it should be a quick fix with a modern power cord. If that's not it, check & see if there are any old time electrical repair shops around you. There's a shop near me with an old timer who will wind new heater coils for things like that. He's like me. He loves breathing new life into vintage equipment.

Mine has the little neon bulb burnt out. Those little lights are almost impossible to find.
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2015, 12:13:56 pm »

Mine has the little neon bulb burnt out. Those little lights are almost impossible to find.

tried a good electronic parts supply store? The one we have here carries all that sort of stuff. Also, scavenge the neon from an old humidifier from the thrift store? Cheap....
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2015, 12:21:12 pm »

Phil, years ago Radio Shack had these bulbs. They were pretty common in the early days of transistors. The actual bulb is slightly over 1/8" diameter by about 5/8" long, and has 2 little pig tail wires coming out of the end. What you see in my pic is a glass cover which fits over the neon tube.
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2015, 08:54:38 pm »

Well, now I'm confused. I opened it up and took as much apart as I was comfortable with. Interesting. I had no idea it was so simple. After I put it back together, it works.

I have no idea why.
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2015, 09:25:44 pm »

Great. those old relics are almost indestructible. Probably just a loose connection. Should be good for another 40 yrs or so of use.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2015, 04:16:14 am »

Great news. Just farther proof that the old equipment was built to last for a very very long time with just a little care. hide
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