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Old 11-29-2009, 08:01 PM   #376
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Thanks to all the various information provided on this thread, I was able to get my lamp completed over Thanksgiving weekend. I used bits of advice from several different posters. One thing I really wanted was for the light to illuminate into the ears. I bought a socket and screwed into the globe fitter. I purchased a "Y" adapter and screwed into the socket. Into both of the sockets of the "Y" adapter, I used a 15 watt flourescent bulb. It was long and skinny and fit right up into each ear.



Because I wanted to use the Christmas lights around the post, I think I'm going to have to run an extension cord from the string of lights and plug that into a 3-way along with the light that runs to the head. With the hard part done, I think I'll be able to figure something out!

I chose to use the floor drain from the plumbing section as my base. I felt it gave the post a 'coming from the ground' appearance. Will have to use tent stakes to secure it.

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:56 AM   #377
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Hubby just finished my lamp post for me last night - has been a 3 month work in progress. The globes were actually the easy part for him - got the plastic/acrylic ones from Home Depot. Our problem was finding something to secure the bottom to - we have a lot of wind and I'd hate to have it tumble. We ended up getting a large plastic flower pot (with extra holes drilled in the bottom for drainage) filled with peat gravel and in the middle a pipe that I am 99% sure is used for a stove vent (lol - I'm a lot of help I know) - it fits snugly around the lamp post pole and is about 2.5-3 feet long so that thing isn't coming out. Hubby sanded and painted the "stove" pipe black to match the other pole. I think we may get another fake ivy garland to put on around the base to pretty it up but my mom suggested getting some fake sod and a Disney village - hubby likes that idea - I'm on the fence. Yesterday I also received my personalized camping flag I had ordered from ebay and sadly my plans of putting it on the top decorative bar didn’t work out – the flag doesn’t have a big enough pocket to fit around the dowel but I think it looks just fine stuck in the bottom.



Another reason the lamp post took soo long to finish is hubby was holding it ransom until I ordered him color changing lights to go inside. I still haven’t but only because I’m no electrician and it all confuses me – I need something bright enough to light the ears – he has it set up to take 2 bulbs but even still with 2 60 watts normal ones I don’t think it’s bright enough – how do the LEDs compare????
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:50 AM   #378
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Congratulations and enjoy..it looks wonderful!
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:47 AM   #379
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Looks great. I finished mine last summer, but the base below the globe fills with rain water. My globe is set into a 4-3 reducer and held with three thumb screws to make the globe removable for travel. Any suggestions on how to keep the water out without sealing the globe to the reducer? It hasn't been a hazard because the socket and bulb are elevated inside the globe, but I would like to correct the problem.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:35 PM   #380
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Looks great. I finished mine last summer, but the base below the globe fills with rain water. My globe is set into a 4-3 reducer and held with three thumb screws to make the globe removable for travel. Any suggestions on how to keep the water out without sealing the globe to the reducer? It hasn't been a hazard because the socket and bulb are elevated inside the globe, but I would like to correct the problem.
We went to a plumbing supply place and got a rubber gasket that fits at the bottom of the large globe. The globe now fits securely in the light fixture portion.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:19 PM   #381
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I had a hard time initally finding all the parts for my first one (working on a better one now) so I got some huge globes off of amazon then adapted some electrical and pvc pipe and used a pvc floor drain for the footing (drilled holes to use tent pegs to secure it in the sandy soil at the sites. The first one I spent about $150 to make but the new one is going to run $200 or above to make.

Here is my first one, not really any frills, just the light on this one:

<embed src="http://img3.imageshack.us/flvplayer.swf?f=Mpicture121" width="640" height="380" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/>

Uploaded with <a target='_blank' href='http://imageshack.us'>ImageShack.us</a>

Edit, humm didn't work lets try this one:

http://yfrog.com/03picture121z

darn it won't embed, have to click on link...let me try this one:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9420/picture121.mp4

Ok well, you'll have to click on a link..can't make it show up on post..sry
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:58 PM   #382
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Subbing,,,,these are awesome!
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:42 PM   #383
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I had a hard time initally finding all the parts for my first one (working on a better one now) so I got some huge globes off of amazon then adapted some electrical and pvc pipe and used a pvc floor drain for the footing (drilled holes to use tent pegs to secure it in the sandy soil at the sites. The first one I spent about $150 to make but the new one is going to run $200 or above to make.

Here is my first one, not really any frills, just the light on this one:

<embed src="http://img3.imageshack.us/flvplayer.swf?f=Mpicture121" width="640" height="380" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/>

Uploaded with <a target='_blank' href='http://imageshack.us'>ImageShack.us</a>

Edit, humm didn't work lets try this one:

http://yfrog.com/03picture121z

darn it won't embed, have to click on link...let me try this one:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9420/picture121.mp4

Ok well, you'll have to click on a link..can't make it show up on post..sry
This is an old thread and you may no longer even visit the board, but I just had to say, I love the way the light changes in the Mickey Head. Wow, so pretty! I haven't gone through the whole thread, so I may find directions to make one of these in here somewhere, and if I do, I will go for that changing light effect. Loved it! If you are still around, is that a bulb doing that? No worries, I will figure it out myelf (by reading the rest of this thread! lol).
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:14 AM   #384
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I found a color changing light at home depot.
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:39 AM   #385
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Hey all, long time since we were all chatting. How is everyone's light posts holding up? I'm in Vermont and the weather here is not always sunny to say the least. I've noticed that the chalking has yellowed and blackened over time. Anyone experience this? Any tips to spruce them up?

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Old 08-12-2011, 08:22 AM   #386
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When we notice our Mickey getting a little dull and chalky looking, we give it a good spray down with 409 and let it sit a bit.
The a gentle scrubbing with a sponge and a good rinse.
Good as new.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:49 AM   #387
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When we notice our Mickey getting a little dull and chalky looking, we give it a good spray down with 409 and let it sit a bit.
The a gentle scrubbing with a sponge and a good rinse.
Good as new.
Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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