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Old 06-07-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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Old-Style Hanger to Ceiling Lamp


Hi Everyone:

I have an hold house (built in 1920s) where the ceiling fixtures are hung by old style hangers in the attic.

I don't see the need to replace this as all I want to do is hang a ceiling lamp (not a fan or anything heavier.

The hanger has a threaded rod with a 5/8 inch end diameter. My ceiling lamp (an old gas lamp converted to electrical) also ends in a threaded rod with a 1/2 inch diameter.

So it goes like this (in glorious ASCII Art)

Hanger (5/8")
===== |HHH| ===== Ceiling
......|HHH|......
......|HHH| .....
................
.......|L|......
.......|L|...... Lamp (1/2"

The solution should be simple, I think -- find a bolt or some other connecter and simply thread them together. Is this a viable approach? If so, does such a piece of hardware exist...is there some other solution?

I think this is a simple problem, but I'm having some trouble finding an easy solution online...anyone dealt with this sort of thing before?

Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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All your connection must be in a junction box. Install a proper junction box with the proper hanger.

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From your description I think the part you seek is called a hickey! It is shown in the illustration in the following link and may be available at Home Depot but certainly any place that repairs fixtures will have one to match your needs.

http://docs.google.com/viewer?pid=bl...number=1&w=754
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Thanks -- I think you are right and that the piece I need is called a hickey! Never would have gotten that on my own. I will keep searching for it online and let you know how I end up!

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