How to Replace the Fishing Line in a Rain Lamp

Rain Lamp
Rain Lamp
Rain lamps enjoyed massive popularity in the late 60s and 70s. You can sometimes spot one of these beauties in neighborhood secondhand shops or on eBay. Over time, the nylon lines that carry the flowing oil become brittle and can crack. Fortunately, restringing the lamp with new line is a relatively easy task.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
  • Rain lamp Fishing line (30 or 40 pound test weight, depending on the lamp) Micrometer
  • Rain lamp
  • Fishing line (30 or 40 pound test weight, depending on the lamp)
  • Micrometer
Step 1

Make sure the lamp is unplugged before you do anything. Line your work area with newspapers, and put more newspapers under the lamp to catch any oil.

Step 2

Begin disassembling the lamp by removing the top and bottom of the canopy. Some models come with a decorative ring that you have to remove first.

Step 3

Use the micrometer to measure the size of the fishing line. If you don't have one available, remove a bit of the line and take it to your nearby fishing or hardware store and see if they can match it up for you. As a general rule, for the larger holes, use the larger 40-pound test line; for smaller, use the 30-pound.

Step 4

Remove the old line. You might want to use this opportunity to also clean out some of the drain holes in the top and the bottom. A needle or thin nail works great for this.

Step 5

Tie a knot at the end of the new line and thread it through one of the holes in the top of the lamp. Make sure the knot is big enough to keep the line from pulling through.

Step 6

How you restring the lamp is up to you. Probably the easiest method is to follow the original stringing. Many of the older lamps feature a slanted weave, while some of the newer ones have a simple vertical pattern.

Step 7

When you finish stringing the last hole, tie another knot at the end of the line to keep the string taut.

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.
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