DIY Solar Post Lights
Last year we added on to our deck and upgraded
the decking material and redid the railings.
Josh and crew of Koontz Construction
did a wonderful job for us.
This year I wanted to focus on lighting for the deck.
I had thought that solar post lights would
be a wonderful addition.
I found that these can be difficult to find
and when found,
they are not cheap.*
I, though, am cheap.
*I recently found solar post lights
at Wally World (Wal Mart) for $30.
And I have 12 posts on my deck.
Time to rethink this.
meant to be stuck in the ground with the
These lights only cost $5 each.
Now, how to make this work?
I determined that I needed a dowel that was 1-1/4 inch thick.
I had hoped that the dowel would be like dimensional lumber
in that a 2"x4" is actually 1-1/2"x3-1/2".
No such luck,
so I got busy sanding.
Then I had to cut the dowel into 1/2" thick disks.
I do have a circular saw and a jig saw,
but it seemed that a hand saw and the miter box
would be the better way to go here.
Hey, I said this was DIY,
I decided to place a washer between the top of the post
and the dowel so that water couldn't
wick up into the dowel.
I drilled a hole in the center of the disk
and then used a deck screw to fasten the dowel to the post.
The hollow metal post on the light slips over the dowel
and is held securely in place.
**Use a drill bit that is just smaller than the screw being used.