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Old 06-11-2007, 09:40 PM   #76
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I'm not sure what size opening the 12" globe has, but the 8" globe had a 4" opening. I used 3" PVC pipe that I already had, so I had to get from a 3" cap to a 4" opening for the globe. I used a 4"-to-something reducer (can't remember the exact size) and cut a hole in the 3" cap to fit the reducer, then glued them together back-to-back.

In the 4" end, I drilled and tapped holes for thumb screws to hold the globe tight then painted it with gold metalic spray paint to dress it up a little.

Then I wired up the light socket with a short pigtail for the plug - the extension cord is fed up through the PVC pipe to plug it up.

I used cheap black spray paint to paint the PVC, but make sure you get spray paint made for bonding to plastic. Mine is scratching off too easily and will have to be repainted eventually.

I used gorilla glue to glue the ears to the globe, then used clear silicone caulking to seal it all up. White would have been just as good, I just had the clear on hand.

Just be veeeerrry careful cutting the holes. I tried 3 different ways to get the holes cut and ruined two of the smaller globes (the awning lights). The only one that worked was the big round hole saw that fits in as a drill bit.


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Old 06-14-2007, 09:15 PM   #77
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These are way cool. DW will kill me, now I have another project!!
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:29 PM   #78
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I used 12 inch globes and 6 inch globes from Home Depot. The 12 inch globe was the hardest to find. I had to go to a couple of HD's to find it, but it was worth it.
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:15 PM   #79
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Well, I finally decided to give the Mickey lamp a try. I don't know how to build it for $50, it cost me $90 @ Home Depot, but well worth it. Got a lamp post globe kit, added 2 8" globes, 2"pvc, a plastic planter with some concrete, some black texturized plastic spray paint, and part of an old extension cord......Think it looks good for my 1st try, we'll see tonight when it gets dark.
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:06 PM   #80
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Quote from MBMACS: I don't know how to build it for $50, it cost me $90 @ Home Depot.

I can give you a hint Mac. I priced the globe that already had the bulb and wire. It was $26. The 2 smaller bulbs were around $20. The post was $50 alone so what you do is stick the post under the cart and act like you forgot it. Just kidding. After DD and I priced it all out I started to think why not use black pvc pipe and use that as a post. I bet it's sure cheaper. If you have to have the little bar across the middle I'm sure you could get a piece of wood or something from a crafts store. Just a thought. I'm making one before we see u at the fort Macs.
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:33 PM   #81
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Quote from MBMACS: I don't know how to build it for $50, it cost me $90 @ Home Depot.

I can give you a hint Mac. I priced the globe that already had the bulb and wire. It was $26. The 2 smaller bulbs were around $20. The post was $50 alone so what you do is stick the post under the cart and act like you forgot it. Just kidding. After DD and I priced it all out I started to think why not use black pvc pipe and use that as a post. I bet it's sure cheaper. If you have to have the little bar across the middle I'm sure you could get a piece of wood or something from a crafts store. Just a thought. I'm making one before we see u at the fort Macs.

I got that big globe with the wire already to go, I was a tad bit lazy to do it from scratch. The pvc was the way to go for sure, I used the scrap as a filler while putting the concrete in the base. If you use the globe with the wire, get yourself 3 #10 machine screws and nuts to replace what comes with the globe, to secure it to the 2" female pvc adapter for the top. Also used another adapter to sit in the base.We just lit it up in the dark, man that thing is bright. Think we will switch to either a 40 watt bulb, or go all out and spend $2.97 on the 25 watt green bulb. I figured better to not meet store security and just go ahead and buy everything.......
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:59 PM   #82
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So did I read this right? You bought the post in the section where the bulbs are or you used pvc? PVC should have been a few bucks. Did you put an elbow in the flower pot for the cord?
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:14 PM   #83
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We just made ours today. Here are a couple pics.





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Old 06-16-2007, 10:56 PM   #84
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So did I read this right? You bought the post in the section where the bulbs are or you used pvc? PVC should have been a few bucks. Did you put an elbow in the flower pot for the cord?
I used 2" pvc, painted it. For the cord, I notched the rear of the post. During travel, the globes and cords will be seperate from post and base. I looked at buying a real post but even with the photo cell, I could not see spending $50+ just for a post.
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You all have done such a great job with these lights. I plan on building one after our July 4th trip. I don't think I will have time to build one before we go. I'll use it when we go back in October and December.
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I don't think I will have time to build one before we go. I'll use it when we go back in October and December.
They are really quite easy actually. We did both of ours in one day. Go for it!

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Well I finally broke down this morning and did it. I got the 12" globe with the outlet already attached and bought the two 6" globes for ears. I spent $56 on those 3 things plus a 10' piece of pvc pipe and the black spray paint. I already had an extension cord and I'm going to use a xmas tree stand for the base because the one I have is plastic and it's cracked so it doesn't hold water anyway. I knew I didn't throw it away for some reason lol.

I haven't attached the ears because I forgot the silicone. I measured out my ears 5" from the center and used a hole saw with a drill bit to do my holes. IMHO I think that's the best method to cut the holes. The only drawback is it got hot and left like a ridge around the hole. Luckily I have a air powered drummel tool and it grounded the edges off smooth. The pole looks good and has a nice texture to it. I noticed the paint chipped a couple of places so I will have to touch up ocassionally. I was wondering if anybody ever used that purple primer first and then painted it. I think I may try it on some scrap and see if it flakes afterwards.

Now we just need a banner like Macs or a wooden sign with our name.
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Well I finally broke down this morning and did it. I got the 12" globe with the outlet already attached and bought the two 6" globes for ears. I spent $56 on those 3 things plus a 10' piece of pvc pipe and the black spray paint. I already had an extension cord and I'm going to use a xmas tree stand for the base because the one I have is plastic and it's cracked so it doesn't hold water anyway. I knew I didn't throw it away for some reason lol.

I haven't attached the ears because I forgot the silicone. I measured out my ears 5" from the center and used a hole saw with a drill bit to do my holes. IMHO I think that's the best method to cut the holes. The only drawback is it got hot and left like a ridge around the hole. Luckily I have a air powered drummel tool and it grounded the edges off smooth. The pole looks good and has a nice texture to it. I noticed the paint chipped a couple of places so I will have to touch up ocassionally. I was wondering if anybody ever used that purple primer first and then painted it. I think I may try it on some scrap and see if it flakes afterwards.

Now we just need a banner like Macs or a wooden sign with our name.
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I'll get my plumber to test out the primer on the pvc tomorrow at work. I am bringing the extra paint to touch up when we arrive.I used a drimmel also, made it easy to cut out the holes. Like the x-mas tree stand idea. Also picked up the green bulb for it.
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