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Old 05-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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Advice please - squeaky lamp

Hello all,
I bought this here lamp

and it works fantastic except for one thing. When you stretch the arm to set it up for use, this screeching, grating sound comes out of the circular "hubs" shown at the top and 1/2 way down the stand. It's gotten, um, extremely irritating like scraping your fingernails down a chalkboard Instructions say when you're not using it, you need to return it to its default position - as pictured - to ease up on the tension. So this noise happens a lot!

I'm concerned about using WD40 since there are springs involved. I tried pouring some talcum powder into the offending hubs, but that didn't help.

Any suggestions?

P.S. I have earplugs and headphones already. Looking for more of a "root cause" solution! Thanks much.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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That sounds like it could be a real problem!
From the sounds of it this thing is already on your last nerve, so I would try some WD40, just to see if it helps. If in the worst case it's rendered no longer usable, what have you truly lost?

Is there any kind of manufacturer's warranty and or store warranty on the lamp? It definitely sounds like it's not working as intended.
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WD40 loves springs. Spray away!
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:09 PM   #4
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Are there coil springs in there


I would like to know a cure as our dishwasher's springs are making a horrible sound also... I have thought of using some silicone spay on them, but don't know if it would help....
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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Could you rub a bar of soap on the hub?
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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Use lithium grease. It's the stuff use to lubricate garage door opener screwdrive models, comes in a small tube and is sold on Amazon:

Genie GLU-3 Screw Drive Garage Door Opener Lubricant - Amazon.com
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Thanks guys! Think I'll try the Genie lithium grease. I can get it local at Home Despot. If that doesn't work, I have some WD40 and will give that a try.

You know what they say. If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape; if it doesn't move and it should, use WD40!
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:46 PM   #8
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try silicone spray or the spray you put on garage door rollers and springs.
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I would try silicone spray first and then WD40 if the silicone spray doesn't work.

Is there a screw or bolt on the hubs that you could loosen a tad? That might make the squeak go away.
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