The post light in my yard has started getting loose and
leaning. I temporarily stuck some wood stakes in to
hold it up but that's clearly not a permanent fix. The
metal post goes directly into the ground without a concrete
pad. What's my best bet for dealing with this? I poked
around and the only info I saw was on how to put in a
cylindrical concrete pad with embed bolts. That will
involve getting a new post light, which is doable if
thats the way the job is "supposed" to be done. Any
advice for me on this?
After having a series of wood posts rot out over the years, I got an
aluminum one. I simply set it about 18" deep in concrete, having
drilled holes in the right places to feed the wiring through. While I
was at it, I fitted an outdoor double receptacle on the bottom to feed
things like grass string trimmers, and Christmas lights. A morning's
work, at most. All the stuff at the "big box" stores like Lowes or Home
Depot. They seem to be a standard diameter to fit the light on the top.
I held the box on to the post with sheet metal screws and some paste
epoxy to keep it from rocking. The post came in black, but I see no
reason you couldn't repaint it some other color, assuming you could get
some good quality paint that would stick. The "Fusion" paints from
Krylon come to mind..
So your metal post isnt rusted out but is leaning and a bit loose?
Your in luck the orioginal installer did a excellent job:)
Dig gently around post, straighten and backfill and tamp firmly!
Light poles arent meant to be structural. just self supporting.
If it had been concreted in theres little you can do. too big too heavy
too awkard to reset.
just straighten and tamp with foot. problem over.
plus you can move this pole if ever necessary,
concrete forget it.
I was given this advice by the salesman who sold me a light pole over
25 years ago.
that pole is still in use today, has been dug up twice once for sewer
work. A1 shape......
Sooner or later you have to replace the lamp post.
I'd much rather NOT deal with the block of concrete.
I did that once, not again please.
After 2 years, I just straighted my lamp post this morning. Pushed it
a little and stepped on the ground next to the post. I figure I might
have to do that again in a year or 2.
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