When I went out to string Christmas lights on the ivy growing around
the lamp pole in the front yard, I noticed that there is a hole in the
pole about the size of a quarter. I can see the electrical wires
through the hole.
Is there some kind of plug that I can get to plug the hole?
The pole is black. What if I just wrapped it 4-5 times with black
The pole is almost completely covered with ivy so neither the hole nor
my patch will be visible.
Got a real hardware store nearby? The kind with drawers full of hardware,
including oddball parts that make you wonder who uses some of them? I've
seen various sizes of rubber plugs in stores like that. Measure the hole and
take a ride to the store.
I called the local hardware store. They have metal knockout plugs.
What would I ask for (or search for) that would be like the black
rubber grommets that snap into place but without the hole?
The hole is 3/4" dia and the pole is black.
That's what I ended up doing. A few wraps with black electrical tape
and it's sealed. After I finished, I could still see a depression
where the hole is, which made me wish that I had cut a small piece of
plastic or thin metal or something to cover the hole first. If the
tape wears off, I'll do that next time.
Thought I answered this thread already- the tape and the thin metal can
be one and the same. Metal furnace tape or those metal patches they sell
in the auto body repair aisle. Trim to correct size, paint with a spray
can, and when dry, stick on the the surface you degreased before-hand.
You might ask the hardware store about a rubber cork or even a
wooden one if appearance isn't a problem That would give you a little
leeway on sizing. Painting the wooden cork should make it last for
In that case, you must make this into a much bigger deal than originally
thought. Find a metal artist who works in bronze and have a tiny, decorative
plaque made. It should cost at least a couple hundred bucks due to the tiny,
etched images in it.
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