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Thread the wick through the top of the valve and push it through the bottom of the lighter 2. Start to stuff small wads of cotton balls into the end of the lighter. Use something thin and long to push the cotton balls up into the lighter body. Mar 27, · A quicker fix? Get some house shoes—Dr. Javed likes sandals from Oofos, like the Ooahh Luxe Slide Sandals ($65), and the Ora Recovery Flip ($50) from Hoka One One. “These lightweight alternatives Author: Allie Flinn.
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Introduction: Simple Homemade Lighter
Make a simple lighter out of a few off the shelf parts. All of the parts can be purchased easily and you could make this with very basic tools. The main parts that go into making this is a schrader valve air valve like the one in a bike tube , some copper pipe, nutsert, and the sparkwheel from a clipper lighter.
They are re-fillable lighters that also have a replaceable sparkwheel, which is ideal to use in this project. Nutsert M8 - eBay. Bolt M8 - eBay. Schrader valve - eBay. Clipper Lighter — eBay. You can get this from any hardware store.
The first thing you will need to do is to round off the hex nut on the Schrader valve. The valve will form the top of your lighter. As you remove the edges, keep testing until you can fit the valve inside the tube. It should be a tight fit.
Next, you need to remove the inside of the valve. Grab some small pliers and just un-screw the valve section in the middle and pull it out. Lastly, Push the valve into the brass tube and make sure that it is level with the edge of the brass tube.
Time to solder the valve to the brass tube. In this version, I just used a drill bit and some tape to make the shaft for the lathe! Once you are happy with the way it looks, use some grit sandpaper to smooth out the edges. Next solder the nutsert into place. You can see from my images I didn't do a great job of it. It wasn't an issue however as I just filed it down.
Put the lighter onto the makeshift lathe again or you could just hand file it and file down the edge of the nutsert and any solder. I took the easy path with the sparkwheel and just used one from a clipper lighter. However, if you want you can make them as I have done in the other 'ibles in the intro. Place the sparkwheel into the end of the tube and place it against the lighter body to work out where you need to solder it to the body.
Remember, you can always file down the top of the 7mm tube if it is too long later so it's better to make it a little too high then too short. Place the body and 7mm tube into a vice to hold it in place.
Add some flux and solder to the join and heat to melt it. I also give it a bit of a polish with a metal polish to remove any last scratches. Use a pair of pliers and slightly squash the top of the sparkwheel tube as shown in the images. The sparkwheel has 2 small gussets at the top and squashing the tube will ensure that it stays in place. On the sparkwheel and flint, there is a small lip of plastic that I decided to remove as well.
It would be sitting near the flame of the lighter and I didn't want it to melt. I couldn't find any cotton rope that was thin enough to fit into the top of the valve so I made my own wick out of some thicker rope. Place the end of the rope into a vice or something similar so you have something to hold the rope.
Wrap some thin wire around the rope. This will ensure that the wick keeps it's shape and doesn't un-twist. Start to stuff small wads of cotton balls into the end of the lighter. Use something thin and long to push the cotton balls up into the lighter body.
Make sure you compact it good inside the lighter. It's also important to try and keep the wick in the middle of the lighter so when adding the cotton wads, make sure you evenly spread them around the inside of the lighter. Once the lighter is full, trim the wick on both ends and make sure that the bolt for the bottom of the lighter screws into place. Inside the valve lid there is a small seal - make sure you remove this to allow more room inside of it for the wick.
When filling with zippo fuel, make sure you have the lid loose on the top so the fuel will flow down the lighter. Fill it up until the fuel starts to either come out the top or stops being absorbed by the cotton wool. This turned out real nice, simple and good looking. I'm thinking about making one and I don't even smoke. Reply 2 years ago. I absolutely love this little thing! Every time I look at it, I want to make one even more. I love the design, how it can stay lit until the user puts the cap on.
I feel like this might be a good alternative to buying a Zippo lighter, because they tend to be expensive. Dude you literary used a lighter to make a homemade simple lighter. You can make your own sparkwheels if you want to as I have done on other 'ibles. I just wanted to take the easiest path possible hence the "simple" in the 'ible.
Plus you get a lighter that you will want to keep rather than one you will thrown away at some point. You can make your own sparkwheels which I have done before check out my other 'ibles - up to you. Question 2 years ago on Step 8.
Couldn't you use candlewicks for the wicks? My dad had an old Zippo and in those days the wick was just a piece of braided cotton wicking, no wire. Answer 2 years ago.
The zippo wicks also now have wire in them. I don't see why you couldn't use candle wicks. I would probably twist 2 or 3 together still and secure with wire as they might be a little thin to use by themselves. Tip 2 years ago on Introduction. Having made a few of these, as well. Whatever works that's handy - is worth consideration. Introduction: Simple Homemade Lighter. By lonesoulsurfer Follow. More by the author:. About: I've always liked pulling things apart - it's the putting back together again that I have some issues with!
More About lonesoulsurfer ». Parts: 1. Nutsert M8 - eBay 2. Bolt M8 - eBay 3. Schrader valve - eBay 4. Clipper Lighter — eBay 5. Thin wire also for the wick 9.
Cotton Balls That's it for parts Tools 1. Drill 2. Small Blow Torch 3. Flux 4. You can get this from any hardware store 5. Wet Dry Sandpaper — , and grit is what I use 6. File or grinder 7. Angle Grinder 8. The valve will form the top of your lighter Steps: 1. With either a grinder or file, remove all of the edges on the hex nut. Steps: 1. About mm or however long you want the lighter to be. Add some flux around the edges of the valve and brass tube.
Heat-up the area with a small blow torch 3. Add some solder all around the edges. Try not to get any on the thread of the valve. Place the drill into a vice to hold it steady. Add some tape to the drill bit and push on the lighter body 3. Turn on the drill and start to file the edge of the top of the lighter. Keep on checking your work and removing the edge.