Saturday Night "Compleatables"- Power Thief "Incan Man"




About: I work in a D.i.Y style superstore. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not, but it certainly perpetuates my interest in such areas. I enjoy high powered devices of any kind. I do not give in, ev...

A silent house somewhere down-under, way down-under is awoken with a noise. A strange noise not your usual squeaking of floorboards or shifting of footings but an unusual noise, not one heard before by whom that resides here.

"WooF! WooF!!!" Hunni, LftnDbt's puppy awakes from her slumber.

"HUNNI stop it!" LftnDbt replies.

The noise continues, not a bump or a whine but a scratching sound. Scratching, dragging, moving...

"WooF! RRRrrrrr WooF!!!" Hunni barks again, with authourity this time.

LftnDbt stirs from his slumber, to investigate this now recurring noise of sorts.

"What on earth is that??" LftnDbt asks himself, as him timidly edges down the darkened hallway.

"Hello?? Is anyone there?" LftnDbt enquires.

"I've got a bat!" LftnDbt lies.

LftnDbt suspiciously manuvers his head to peak around the corner into the lounge room.

"Oh my jumpin' LeD's!! What the hell is that?!!??" Lftndbt thinks.

This my friends, is an Incan man.

I caught him fair and square!! So he's mine!!

Ever wondered where those valuble volts are going?

Have you cut down all your power usages, but just can't figure out why your still using to much power?

Got one of those fan dangle energy consumption meters, but still can't figure out the leak?

Well I've have, it's this little bugger and his mates...

Got him last night. Tried to run away and everything.
Put up quite a struggle!! I caught at 12:05am, so I think it's midnight thing.

Now you too can capture your energy thief and stop this un-necessary wastage of our precious resources!!

Step 1: What You'll Need..

I tried to keep this all as simple as possible, so we can all complete it in the same night...
Got to catch him quick!!

What we will need-

A coat hanger. To get 2 x 15cm pieces of wire from.

An Incandescent light globe.

Some type of hole making device (we are all experimentors here, so you decide.)

Super glue.


Saftey glasses.

Got what you need?? Let's go!!!

Step 2: Creating Holes for Arms and Legs.

This where those saftey goggles and gloves need to go on.

We now have to make some holes in the base of the globe to insert the arms and legs.

You'll find the metal is quite thin and easy to penetrate with a nail etc.
A drill would be another option, yet vibrations may be an issue.

Create two holes in the fitting.
You need to makes sure they are below the rim where the globe is bedded and above the solid bottom piece.

In the picture it shows the best position. There is not much variance available in selecting a position for the holes, as any higher or lower and we will start destroying the delicate insides.

Once one side is done, repeat on the other in the exact same position.

Note: Apparently these little devils also have the ability to mess with macro-modes on your camera, so be careful!!

That was the 1/30. Trust me it would not focus on those holes. Yes even in macro.

Step 3: Inserting Arms and Legs.

Now that we have finished makes the holes, insert the two lengths of wire through the holes.

It may take a little twisting and force to insert the wire through the base.
Be as careful as possibly not to damage anything.

You can see in the picture that it has suffered small fractures through the bottom element. A dab of super glue should ensure the pieces don't fall out.

If your holes are a little large and the wire doesn't fit tightly, apply another few small dots of super glue to hold them in place.

Although I have used a bayonett fitting here, I believe it to be also possible to use an edison screw fitting.

Step 4: Creating Joints and Final Position.

This is the fun part!

Now that you have your wire secured in place, you can experiment with what position you would like your little thief to be caught in.

It is probably a good idea to sketch out the position first, as there are only so many bends and re-bends before your wire will eventually break.

Step 5: Finished!

After you have set his position, proudly display him as a warning to the other thieves to stay away!!

So did he put up much of a struggle?
Sneaky little critter isn't he?

Now that you know where those wasted volts are going, you to can put an end to this madness.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see some of yours when your done.




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    13 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    haha, Sorry I'm sorta slow I don't get what this is supposed to do. Is it supposed to show where electricity is leaking or is it just like a figurine?

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Nope it more of an art work/appreciation to Incandescent globes. It is suppose to signify the craving of the incandescent for electricity. Even though we have removed him he stay wants to get back into the fixture to suck some more energy.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It's amusing to see, how many funny poises you can come up with. Thanks for your comment.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, although I feel the urge to stick googly eyes at the top of the metal part.

    I think we're starting to see the early trickles of a flood of what to do with a dead incandescent bulb projects.

    Take that, Altoids Tins!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    "early trickles" Let the flood begin... ;) Neat projects will be all they are good for, hopefully sooner rather than later. Apart from their in-efficient power usage, they are actually very beautiful devices.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have a couple of ones you may like, if one of them works well enough it would be a great demo for classes...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The terms still going, all of us were off a month ago... It wouldn't be ready that soon anyway, plus it mightn't be an easy build so it should be good to go by the time the kids are coming back, if you liked the idea that is... Also as a science teacher, I was watching scrapheap challenge today and in the one where teh all star team go up against a public team at shooting tomatoes the team had what they called a hydrogen generator from a sustained underwater carbon arc... How does that work exactly, I couldn't tell how they made it at all since the electrodes weren't seen to move at all, so how did the arc start and how does that even work...