Installing an outdoor lamp post


Old 08-18-04, 09:13 AM
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Question Installing an outdoor lamp post

Does anyone out there know how to replace an outdoor lamp post? There is one in place now, but it's all rusted. When I dug down around the post, whoever installed it cemented it directly into the ground. I would like to cut of the current post and add cement around the existing cement and raise it to ground level. will this work or do I need to bust out the old cement and start from scratch? We live in Michigan so I wasn't sure if additional cement would hold up or if it would crack and split after the winter freeze. I appreciate any help you can give me!

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Old 08-22-04, 08:41 PM
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Hi Carol & welcome to the forums.

You best bet would be to bust out the old concrete & start over from scratch. Check with the local building dept & they can give you the approriate depth that the post should be planted to ensure that the freeze/thaw cycle won't affect it. Here in central Mo, that would be 32-36 inches, but I would think you might need to go deeper up there.

Before you start busting up the concrete there are some things to think about though. How is this lamp powered, elec. or gas? What ever the case may be the power source should be disconnected. Second, you should look in your local phone book for the dig-right ph # & contact them so that any underground utilities can be located & marked prior to starting any digging. If you fail to do this, not only could it be potentially dangerous, but should you accidently damage anything, you will be held liable for necessary repairs.

If all of this is greek to you, your best bet might be to contact a reputable pro in your area to handle this project. Best of luck!

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