Lamp Post broke off the base..what are my option?

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Old 09-15-10, 02:49 PM
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Unhappy Lamp Post broke off the base..what are my option?

Today morning, my car pool guy while backing up from my driveway.. ended up hitting the lamppost and it broke off from the base. It is still bolted to the round base but the base is sheared off the plastic/metal(not sure) pipe that runs the wiring.
Now its lying flat on the ground..

What am I supposed to do now.. the pipe is most likely sitting in the concrete.. whom should I call and ask to fix it and how to fix it? As a first time home owner, I have no idea where to begin from..Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
 
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Old 09-15-10, 03:44 PM
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Today morning, my car pool guy while backing up from my driveway.. ended up hitting the lamppost
Then he or his insurance company should pay to have it professionally repaired. Well, unless your light pole jumped in front of his car.

An electrician is most likely the best to call to fix it. Be sure to explain fully. Some may not want to get involved because of the concrete. Till then it is best to turn off the breaker to the light.
 
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Yea hes not using his insurance since he doesnt want the claim on his record but willing to pay for the damage...

I turned the switch off which controls the light..so i think i m good there.. i m not sure if theres a breaker at all.

You think electrician does this? since its more and a manual work to put the post back on..and set up the base again.. or may be electricians do that too???
 
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Old 09-15-10, 06:14 PM
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You definitely need an electrician to do the electrical part. I'd start with getting an electrician. Just be up front with him about what is involved.

The Pros should be along with their opinions.
 
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Old 09-15-10, 07:42 PM
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I agree with Ray, call an electrician. No need to call a concrete guy and an electrician.
 
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And just a F.Y.I., there is a breaker (or fuse) that controls the power to the switch.
 
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Old 09-15-10, 09:20 PM
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it broke off from the base. It is still bolted to the round base but the base is sheared off the plastic/metal(not sure) pipe that runs the wiring.
Now its lying flat on the ground
There's a good possibility the post can be repaired and again bolted to the concrete base. If not repaired, maybe just the pole can be replaced. This is definitely a job for an electrician.
 
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switching off isnt sufficient?? just out of ignorance and curiosity ..why do i need the breaker to be off...?
 
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Old 09-16-10, 11:21 PM
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switching off isnt sufficient?? just out of ignorance and curiosity ..why do i need the breaker to be off...?

Because some luminaire post will have unswtiched power source there like outdoor receptale on the post or near to it.

And quite few case you will have unswitched power source if you have dusk to dawn photocell which It kinda pretty common to do that.

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This type of job is for an electrician, I do at least 4 or 5 of these repairs per year.

Jack hammer out concrete base, replace pole, pour new concrete.

You have a pic ? it might be repairable but i doubt it
 
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Old 09-17-10, 09:41 PM
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The pole was bolted to the concrete base and was sheared off. I don't think it would necessary to replace the concrete, but a picture is worth a thousand words and we haven't seen a picture.
 
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Old 09-17-10, 10:36 PM
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I get luminaire post repair pretty often useally twice a month a average and some are very easy to replace by unbolt the base plate and some are NOT replaceable unless you busted the concrete as other mention and I have done that few time.

My favour way to get them out is take a backhoe unit and pull it up I can get pretty big chunk out of it and be well aware it will weight pretty good it can be anywhere from couple hundred Kilograms { pounds } to couple tonnes depending on how big it was.

And most concrete base useally go down about 24 inches for small post while larger one go more deeper the last one I have to replace was pretty huge luminaire post that have 30 inches diam and about 6 feet in the ground that weight in about 5500 lbs IIRC { few have gone down much as 8 feet }

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HEre are the pics




 

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Good news is that the UF cable looks ok. Bad news is that you will have to jack hammer out the concrete and set a new pole.

That decorative shroud at base of pole might be saved if it comes off, look for any set screws that hold the 2 halves together
 
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First thing can you resize the photo a little smaller ?

Now with that one If that is alum post it will be salavageable but bust out the concrete first and make sure you don't ding the pipe much as you can.

Once you get it out and unbolt two bolts which it hold the luminaire and take it to welding shop they can able reweld the alum plate back on the post.

Once you get it done welding you can make new concrete post support again.

Otherwise you can get a oversized flange to fit the base and remount it.

Merci.
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Originally Posted by french277V View Post
First thing can you resize the photo a little smaller ?

Now with that one If that is alum post it will be salavageable but bust out the concrete first and make sure you don't ding the pipe much as you can.

Once you get it out and unbolt two bolts which it hold the luminaire and take it to welding shop they can able reweld the alum plate back on the post.

Once you get it done welding you can make new concrete post support again.

Otherwise you can get a oversized flange to fit the base and remount it.

Merci.
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I can get the luminaire ( had to look it up, had no idea ) welded.. not a biggie.
Problem is getting the concrete post support..how... is the question..even if i get a oversized flang(again had to look it up ) .. I dnt think it will sit.. since the flang to be attached to something in the concrete right??

Whats the deal with the pipe dinging?? if I jack hammer the **** out of the concrete.. and leave the pipe as it is..what needs to be done later?? I m in the process of calling a electrician the maker of this pole recommended..lets see how it goes..from the looks of it.. it might be well above $900..is tht accurate? if so thats toooo expensive
 
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Ok those few items you can able to repair it however the other option I used very rare is using a undersized pipe to slip inside of the orignal pipe which I have done once a while.

900 ? It kinda hard to say what they will do with it.

For my cost in my area it will be typcially anywhere from 500 to 1000 depending on how it set up that for small lamp post.

The larger one like you see at the mall or large store parking lot luminaire the cost is alot more than what you have there the last one I did not too long ago in few days ago that was about 20 inch diam and 5 feet down that cost the owner of that place over 4,000 due I have to tear the blacktop to get into it.

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