Friday, August 10, 2012

Just A Little Something For The Deck That We Threw Together

It's been hot and rainy. We decided to step away from painting and try something a little different. 

We put this together in less than an hour. We started with 2 fence post, 4 solar outdoor lights, a drill, 8 extra long screws and an 8" long scrap of treated 4" x 4" wood.  



First we decided on the length we wanted to cut the post. This will vary depending on where you want your lighting to go. We cut 4 varying lengths. After trying a few unsuccessful ways to put it together we found that a 4" x 4" block would be needed in the middle of the fence post in order for the lights to fit. Next we drilled 2 holes in each post to counter sink the screws. 

Listen to us talking construction talk! 


Screwed it all together then drilled holes in the top of each  post to fit the light in. 



Once the heat and rain slacks off the deck can finally be stained. 

28 comments:

  1. I love it, I have been looking for some sort of lighting solution for outback. :)

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  2. Gave it a try. Had the landscaping timbers and 3" lag bolts left over from a dog kennel project last summer, 10" 4x4 scrap in the wood pile. Only cost was the solar lights ($30 @ WallyWorld))but took me about 2 hrs to assemble. Came out GREAT and my wife thinks I'm a genius. Thanks.

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  3. What a great idea! How well do the solar lights work in a group? Do the top lights affect the sensors on the lower ones?

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    1. I am having that problem. Two of the lights, the middle tow are not working because the top light is canceling the sensor out. I need to come up with some kind of shroud to get them all to work.

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    2. Easy solution--lids from Tostitos medium salsa cheese dip bottles (perfect size). Paint them black and put them on the top of the bottom 3 lights covering the solar cells--all lights come on. Take them off during the day so the solar collectors can collect the days sunlight. I found all 4 lights will stay illuminated all night, as long as you have good sunlight during the day.

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  4. How did you get the holes in the top of the posts? With a standard drill? I though about using post cap style lights, but they're twice as expensive. I'd like to try this, but with as less tools/equipment as possible.

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  10. I think my husband will make this for me........then I want to wrap some rope around all four of them and put them on my deck!

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  11. If you wanted to add some color to your deck this would be a great way to do that as well. You could paint the inside block white ( so it wouldn't show when you put the posts on) and paint each of the posts a different summery color.

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  12. What a great idea! I've used decorative wood bedroom posts in the garden as a feature and sections stumps of a tree I had cut down (needed to be cut) to place my concrete ornaments and planters on, but I really like this. So very simple as well! You can even go to a dollar store to pick up lights on the cheap. Some lights don't last that long anyway. Luv it!!

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  13. Is anyone else having a problem with some of the lights not working because the others give off too much light and cause the sensor to shut off?

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    1. I am also having the same problem. Did u figure out a solution?

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    2. Use cylinder shaped lites instead of the ones that are pictured. Ours work great

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  14. Ooh- great idea! What a pretty way to elevate those inexpensive lights. I love it! I would also love to link to your project if you didn't mind.

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  16. Maybe if the height was a bit different it wouldn't shut out the lower ones?

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  17. We used the solar lights on our fence posts going around our yard and it makes for a soft lighted yard at night, very calming and yet pretty with the light casting off onto the yard and flower beds. The fence post are like what you shared in your picture with wooden rails.


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  18. Those solar lights... how I love them. They provide nice accents in the evening while we conserve our electric power costs. I have them everywhere, at the pond, in the landscaping and on the deck.

    When I came across this project, I oohed and awed over it.

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  19. What a great idea!!!

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  20. Suggestion: Wrap some rope around the finished fixture as a decorative touch and to cover the screw holes.

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  21. I was having the same problem with the lower lights not working because of the light the top light puts out. What I did to fix it was very simple. I took some black poster board and cut a small piece and taped it inside of the globe area of the upper light on the side that the lower light sits to so that it does not project light on the solar area of the lower light. Worked Great!!

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