String Light Pole – Last labor day we left articles to hang series lights to hang our deck. I am so thrilled with the way they turned out! I thought I would pass on the directions so that you can create them too. Café style series string light pole is something I have needed for our deck as the day we assembled it. But I could never find the ideal arrangement for this. A pergola is a lot of, but flimsy rods would not cut it. This summer I discovered the solution: Electric conduit!
The rods are basically three 10 foot pieces of electric conduit with pipe straps attached as hooks and end caps attached on top. To fasten them in the floor, we buried bits of plastic piping only big enough to the conduit to match indoors. Then we inserted the sticks to the buried pipes in varying depths (our deck is about a slant). The outcome is a safe pair of supports for our bulbs which cost approximately $30!
Working with an awl, puncture the conduit approximately 3 inches from the top to make drilling easier. Obviously, you can make the pins lower or higher, but 3 inches seemed about perfect. Here is a close up of the label on the tube we purchased. Ensure that you totally get rid of any decals and residual goo before painting your complete looks great.
Spray paint! We utilized Rust-Oleum in Bronze. We utilized all one can and only a small little second can. (For some reason I missed taking a photo of spray painting the conduit itself but you get the idea). We painted the conduit, hooks, and caps individually. A classic edging tie functioned nicely to help me get all of the surfaces of the pins evenly painted. (As a bonus, you get a wonderful view of my favorite painting top) Then after it was constructed, I gave it one last sweep to pay the head of this screw.
Cut lengths of the plastic electrical conduit into some span of a minimum of 18 inches, and also 24 inches. Our deck is on a slant, so its greater on one side than another. So every piece of piping was a distinct length between these 2 dimensions. The piece of pipe we purchased was 1 inch in diameter. The conduit was 3/4 of an inch so it was a perfect match.
Attach the pipe straps (hooks). It is possible to use a screwdriver or a drill to get this. Jeremy began the screws using a screwdriver and then drilled them.
Attach the Caps. We purchased 1/2 inch “Knock Out Seals” because of it. They’re basically flat caps with metal ribbing on the interior that firmly seals it in the end of the pipe. I am certain they have an exact and special purpose which likely has nothing to do with that which we used it for, but it worked flawlessly! We simply had to use pliers to adjust the angle of their metal ribbing inside so that it fits nicely.
Bury the pipes. I wish I could state the practice of burying the pipes at the floor was exact and precise, but this is not our fashion. We fully lucked out with all the thickness of the pipe. We were very shocked when the rods all measured the exact same height at the end (really they’re about 1/2 an inch away from one another, which can be too small to detect with the eye – good enough for us. Being that our deck is developed on the slanted floor, this is a significant triumph. I also spray painted the component of the pipe that’s visible above ground after the truth but did not take a photograph of it. Just one had to be painted, along with another two are completely hidden by plants. Approximately 6 inches of pipe sticks from the floor.
Insert sticks in their fittings and attach additional pipe straps into the outside wall in which the string light pole will hang.
Step 8 of String Light Pole
Drape lights out of your rods, and you’re finished! This endeavor was really rewarding. The string light pole cast a warm, flattering glow that’ll be ideal for entertaining. In addition, I love that we’re able to take them down easily by lifting the sticks from the floor and unhooking the lights. Easy!
You need to take action, here is the cost breakdown:
- 3 10 ft long pieces of electric conduit, 3/4 inch in diameter: $3.98 per – $11.94
- 1 10 foot long piece of plastic piping (at precisely the exact same aisle as the conduit, I am assuming it also comes with an electric role) – $2.92
- 2 Bathrooms of only anchor pipe connectors, 3/4 inch diameter – $.98 per, $1.96
- 1 Bundle of 1/2 inch Knocks Out Seals – $1.30
- Two Cans of Rust-Oleum Hammered Dark Bronze Spray Paint – $5.98 per – $11.96
- Total: $30.08!
The string light pole are from Target and price $12.95 for every 20-foot strand. Our deck is 10 feet x 20 feet, thus we wanted 2 strands. This brings the last complete for the project to $55.98! Not bad considering that the numerous more expensive alternatives on the market. I am in love. Though the weather is cooling down, I still have a strategy to make decent use of these lights shortly. Will keep you posted!