Introduction: Fire Extinguisher Lamp

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A everyday lamp made from a old fire extinguisher. Using parts from a old lamp too! My first instructable.

List of Items:
Fire Extinguisher (Old ones work best)
Lamp (even a 15$ one at walmart works)
Drill with metal drilling bit
Place to empty "baking Soda"

Step 1: Emptying the Fire Extinguisher

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Choose an old fire extinguisher. And Let Er Rip! The easiest lamp to emtpy is a fire extinguisher that needs to be recharged but its not as fun.

Step 2: Unscrew the Top and Empty

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Unscrew the top. (it comes off really easy on the old ones.) You should expose a tube as you take it out. You will need that later.
You then empty the remaining "Baking soda" at the same place you put sprayed the things before. Then I took our air compressor and blew everything out just because.

Step 3: Start Lamp

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Take apart your old lamp. Any lamp will do. Even if you went to Walmart and got a cheap 15$ lamp. Its all the same parts.

I then got the size of the threaded rod so I could drill a hole through the top of the fire extinguisher, because you need the cables from the top of the lamp to fall through the tube you exposed earlier.

You then take the threaded rod and hold it against the pipe from the fire extinguisher. You need to cut the pipe from the fire extinguisher if its longer then your threaded rod.

Step 4: Drill Hole

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Start by drilling a hole into the bottom of the fire extinguisher. Most fire extinguishers are made from aluminum so its not hard to drill into. I used the same size as my threaded rod size.
I then took and made a "lead" wire to help me get my actual electrical wire (which plugs into an outlet, that one) set through it all of the tubes.
I'd start from the bottom and go through the top, then through your threaded rod, to the top. its the best way to go.

Step 5: Finish

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Your final step is to screw the top on and wire the light.
Then Voila! Fire Extinguisher lamp.
add a light bulb and a lamp shade and it looks great!

please post pictures if you made one.


static (author)2017-12-18

I have small Brass unit that I personalty know has been around for 46 years Has great patina that Ill keep intact when I use it for a lamp project. A nice simple instructable.

Derin (author)2008-05-18

no baking soda if you have the water based type

static (author)Derin2017-12-18

LOL water based fire extinguisher, sound good until you think about it ;)

DIY Dave (author)2011-07-01

Looks great. Where did you get the fire extinguisher?

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-07-24

It'd be really neat to replace the nozzle on the tube with a light bulb, and put some flexible wire wire inside of you can move it around.

I made one like that, except I made it into a flashlight. Here is my page about it. Please leave a comment if you liked it. I will try to make an instructable for it soon.

I know. the whole time i was thinking about that. But i didn't have the time. Possibly next year. This was for County fair.

chicks dig me (author)crashman912007-11-27

this is a really cool idea, im gonna try it!

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