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Project by shipwright posted 319 days ago 1722 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my first set of these about fifteen years ago at our last house. They were a big hit and everyone seemed to like them so when we moved to our present home eight years ago they had to be replicated. The wiring is underground and the cedar posts were placed in holes and had exposed aggregate concrete poured in around them.

Well, after eight years we started noticing that they were not as solid as they should be and upon investigation I discovered that the bottom ends were rotting. Since they are easy to make I just made new ones only this time I soaked the ends for several hours in cuprinol. Between the four of them, they soaked up about a liter.

Replacement was easy because the holes left in the concrete were of course a perfect fit and the wiring was all the right length and already in place.

They are just terra cotta flower pots that my wife painted, held in place by a lag screw through the bottom of the junction box and the drain holes in the pots. The bulbs are standard 15W. They are motion activated from both ends and daylight sensing.

If the bare ones made eight years, these ones should be good for twice that.

Thanks for looking

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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spud72

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#1 posted 319 days ago

nice job Paul. Where do you get the m
otion activation and daylight sensors?

-- Guy,PEI

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stefang

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#2 posted 319 days ago

Very decorative and economical too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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gbear

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#3 posted 319 days ago

Nice job…very cool.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Diggerjacks

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#4 posted 319 days ago

Hello paul
A very nice idea for a beautiful garden

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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grizzman

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#5 posted 319 days ago

what a nice set up paul, you can paint anything you want on those , pretty neat…i might do something like this for our front walk, when i get one in…thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 319 days ago

Great idea and it is most certainly unique. It could also be used as a mailbox holder for midgets.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Handtooler

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#7 posted 319 days ago

Very innovative! I like the extra feature of motion day light off sensor! I use dusk to dawn lpghting and motion detectionfloods at eave hights but I didn’t know of the combination mini-sensors. Thanks for sharing.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Roger

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#8 posted 319 days ago

Those are a nice design Paul. I likes em

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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GerardoArg1

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#9 posted 319 days ago

Nice design and good job!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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LittlePaw

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#10 posted 319 days ago

I like your design and construction, Paul. I have a short curved walk from my driveway to the front door and two or three of these would be perfect…mond if I copy of design?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 319 days ago

Nice light posts Paul!!They ought to last more than 8 years now with the preservative on the bottoms!!..............................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 319 days ago

COOL use of a flower pot… The pot would dissipate the heat with no problems… as well as forming a nice shade for the lght.

Nice design!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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kiefer

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#13 posted 319 days ago

Warranty after eight years ? LOL
Like the design very fitting for the garden and a pic at night would be great to get the full effect.

-- Kiefer 松

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shipwright

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#14 posted 319 days ago

Thanks Everyone.

Guy, The sensors came from the local lighting place but getting them to activate from both ends requires a bigger brain than mine. Our electrician was able to work it out though.

Paul, Fill yer boots, I never mind. I’m flattered.

Kiefer, this is the best I’ve got.

Thanks again

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Napaman

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#15 posted 319 days ago

great idea! now that we are back in Napa one of my goals is outdoor lighting…but I hate the ones in stores that have the solar things on top…this is so much better!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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