HomeHome  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log in  
 

 Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!

Go down 
AuthorMessage
Blackhorse
Moderator
Blackhorse

Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 3:03 am

Can't tell you how many times I've done the HOMER Simpson thing...slapped myself on the forehead with a loud, "DOH"! 
 
Well this time I beat it. I was looking at the nice lineup of Zippo lighters on a shelf and it galled me that they all had standard inserts. Sure, I've thought about getting them replaced with a pipe lighter insert, but I never have gotten around to it. Then a little while later I picked up one from a tool box, one I use that DOES have the pipe insert, and looked closely at the circle they had cut. Hmmm. It struck me that the whole thing was identical (meaning the size and placement of the smaller holes on the windguard). Hmmm #2. So I did a side by side and sure enough, the two windscreens were exactly the same. This means they likely just take the standard windscreen and punch a big hole on either side and suddenly - presto chango - it becomes a pipe windscreen. 

So, fellow miscreants and neerdowells, what do you think just screamed itself loudly into my fevered brain? Yup! In a heartbeat I KNEW that I could DO IT MYSELF! 

And so after about an hour with a fine jeweler's fret saw, some fine needle files, etc. I sat there are beheld the wonder of my very own custom Zippo Pipe Lighter. On one side I cut a tall oval...on the other, a diamond. And as was pulling together other standard Zippos to convert, I was thinking about other shapes that I could do...hearts and other card suit shapes, a Shamrock, of course a star...anything that made a big 'ol hole would work. The only thing that would limit the possibilities would be my own skill. Oops! Dang...well, at least some simple things would serve. I'll leave the dragons, orcs and troll designs to the pros. 

And before you start whining about photos, YES, there will be pics. I just wanted to do a few more prior to showing off. 

If anyone has any SUITABLE ideas for shapes I'd love to hear 'em. Just remember that the point is to open up a LOT of space to allow you to pull the flame down into the bowl. So teensy patterns or filigree kinda stuff wouldn't function well. And with my skills, anything that required piercing a really regular pattern would end up looking, well, not very precise. But whatever.

_________________
Council Member, Trading Post & General Site Moderator.
Founding BoB Bombers Squadron Commander, Un-Ret
Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Puffy

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  D6bddf10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  29400910Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  114e6110Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Ddb39b10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cf77ce10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Dd692012Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cowboy13
Back to top Go down
Online
Guest
Guest



Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 5:58 am

The Fickle Finger of Fate may provide a lighter to carry on an off day or visiting the IRS.
Back to top Go down
RDPipes

RDPipes

Age : 66
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 8:35 am

Not to throw a wrench into the works but, what about the small cover that goes a top the wind guard. The one I had, had a little cover with a small hole in it. I mean, not that it's really needed but, I imagine it serves some purpose. (the damn perfectionist in me)
I would imagine it wouldn't take much to make one, just a little piece of sheet metal, drill and pliers to bend tabs on it, right?
Back to top Go down
http://rdpipes.briar.club/
Blackhorse
Moderator
Blackhorse

Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 10:25 am

C - I've never seen a little cover made of metal or anything else that fit on top of the windscreen of a Zippo. Now you've got me interested! A new Web search is in order. 

Was it recently that you saw or had the cover? Did you buy the lighter new, and the cover thing came with it?

The special model, shown below, usually sets off Homeland Security sensors when lit. It can also act as a lighthouse. 

 Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Zippo-2-550x387

_________________
Council Member, Trading Post & General Site Moderator.
Founding BoB Bombers Squadron Commander, Un-Ret
Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Puffy

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  D6bddf10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  29400910Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  114e6110Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Ddb39b10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cf77ce10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Dd692012Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cowboy13
Back to top Go down
Online
RDPipes

RDPipes

Age : 66
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 10:51 am

It was a gift to me (brand new) about 10 years ago. As to my knowledge it wasn't any special model except that it was the pipe lighter model and had a small black pipe embossed in the lower corner of it. Maybe they changed the design.
Wish I still had it. I looked for it not too long ago but, couldn't find it and believe I must have sold it with my pipes back then when I had a loss of sanity.
I'll try myself to see if I can come up with at least a photo of one showing it.
Back to top Go down
http://rdpipes.briar.club/
RDPipes

RDPipes

Age : 66
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 10:55 am

Found one just like the one I had. This one is on eBay.

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Zippo_200PL_open_sd
Back to top Go down
http://rdpipes.briar.club/
Blackhorse
Moderator
Blackhorse

Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 11:45 am

Well I'll be darned. Ain't that something. 



There's a Zippo thing I never knew existed til this morning. Not only that, it makes sense. 

Bet the little devil gets dirty quick. Regardless of that it's cool. Brilliant even! 

Excellent work Mr. C!

_________________
Council Member, Trading Post & General Site Moderator.
Founding BoB Bombers Squadron Commander, Un-Ret
Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Puffy

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  D6bddf10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  29400910Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  114e6110Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Ddb39b10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cf77ce10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Dd692012Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cowboy13
Back to top Go down
Online
RDPipes

RDPipes

Age : 66
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 11:57 am

Blackhorse wrote:
Well I'll be darned. Ain't that something. 



There's a Zippo thing I never knew existed til this morning. Not only that, it makes sense. 

Bet the little devil gets dirty quick. Regardless of that it's cool. Brilliant even! 

Excellent work Mr. C!

Hey, Just Goggled Zippo Pipe Lighter, no major endeavor here sir.
Back to top Go down
http://rdpipes.briar.club/
Brewdude
Moderator
Brewdude

Age : 67
Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 9:33 pm

Re: that little top piece on the pipe insert-

Sent my standard Zippo in for the pipe conversion and it came back with this. Never saw the point of it but went with what they sent me. After all, they did it on their dime.

The damn thing kept flying off when lighting. One day it flew off, never to be found. Think my La-Z-Boy recliner ate it, but have never reclaimed it no matter how much the efforts!

Thought about e-mailing Zippo about getting a replacement, but it's not been an issue.

The Zippo still performs admirably. Really like the pipe insert. Never had a problem with the fuel taste.

FWIW


Cheers,

RR

_________________
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Benjamin Franklin


Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Purple11x 3Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Bombx10Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Bombx10  Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  D6bddf10 Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  44902965465_19121c84ed_s_d Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Cowboy13Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  4G80VIc

Site moderator and BoB Bomber's co-commander.
Back to top Go down
http://www.randereed.com Online
RDPipes

RDPipes

Age : 66
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 9:41 pm

Mine never came loose but, hey, I never used mine that much for two reasons.
I tasted the fuel and was always afraid of burning the rim of my pipe with it.
I find I have better control with a butane but, I can taste it from time to time.
Matches aren't an option for me being I smoke outside.
Isn't life rough. LOL!
Back to top Go down
http://rdpipes.briar.club/
Harlock999

Harlock999

Location : Los Angeles
Registration date : 2010-10-22

Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Empty
PostSubject: Re: Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!    Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  EmptyFri Aug 02, 2013 10:14 pm

5) 
Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!  Dsc_0416
Back to top Go down
 
Now, why didn't I think of that? Hey! I DID!
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Brothers of Briar :: Pipes & Tobacco :: DIY-
Jump to: