How to make your own outdoor lamp post

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How to make your own outdoor lamp post
Stone Pillar Lamp Posts (07-19-08 © Steve Jacobs)

You've bought or created the perfect outdoor lamp. Now you want to install it above the ground on a post. Pre-fabricated lamp posts are available, but can be expensive. You can make your own post, one that is as distinctive as you are.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Outdoor lamp
  • Post material
  • Shovel
  • Concrete for footing

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide how high above the ground you want the lamp to be. Decide if you want the post to be wood, metal, stone or concrete.

  2. 2

    If wood or metal, add the distance the post must be sunk into the ground for support; expect up to two feet of the post to be underground. Use this measurement when evaluating potential materials for your post.

  3. 3

    You'll need to run the wire down your post either internally or externally, and connect it with household electricity using outdoor-safe three-prong grounded plugs. See the Resources section for a link that will show you how to connect the electricity.

  4. 4

    Connect your lamp or lamp housing with the top end of your post.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for trash to treasure options: old bed posts, gumball machine bases, spindles of wood or metal. Antique treasures found at garage sales, second-hand stores or the junkyard can make great lamp posts, and are usually a bargain over new materials. Use fencing or rough boards to create a four-sided post, hollow in the centre, and put a corbel on top---cheaper than a solid wood, pre-drilled post.
  • Check your state and local codes before starting any project---ask your utility company. Follow all safety precautions when installing electrical wiring.

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