Install a lamppost by digging a hole and forming a trench. Then, install a PVC conduit, fill the hole with concrete and set the lamppost in the hole. Finish by making the lamppost plumb and making the wire connections.
Installing a lamppost is something an electrician should do, but those homeowners with electrical experience can accomplish the task in an afternoon. Be sure to take the necessary precautions before installing an outdoor light pole. Plan on the job taking from four to five hours and costing anywhere from $100 to $500 to complete, states ThisOldHouse.com. Follow the steps below to complete the project.
- Dig a hole
- Fill the hole
- Dig a trench
- Install the PVC conduit
- Fill the posthole
- Set the post
- Wrap the post with rope or straps
- Let the cement set
- Make the wire connections
- Secure the lantern
Using a posthole digger, make a hole about 12 inches around and 22 inches deep.
After digging the hole, fill it with about six inches of gravel.
Dig a trench about 18 inches deep from the lamppost to the source of the electricity. Place the soil on top of a tarp or plastic sheeting to make it easier to fill in the trench later on.
Feed the wires into the PVC pipe and lay the PVC conduit inside the trench, cutting and fitting the pieces as necessary.
Fill the posthole with cement. Fill it to grade, leaving roughly six inches of the PVC showing. Smooth the top of the footing.
Set the post in the wet cement after connecting the wires. Work quickly to avoid the cement setting up before the task is complete. Twist the post while inserting.
Wrap the post with a couple of straps or ropes and stake them into the ground. Using a level, make sure the post is plumb and adjust as necessary.
Allow the cement time to harden, at least four hours.
Make the wire connections putting like-colored wires together. When in doubt, contact an electrician for this step.
Secure the lantern by tightening the screws that came with the kit.