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StillLearn
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join:2002-03-21
Streamwood, IL

Yard Light Base Problem

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Yard light base broke
I have a yard light. The base separated. I don't think any metal broke. I am suspecting that these pieces were held together with some kind of adhesive.

Is this construction something that somebody recognizes?

My current thought is to wait for warmer weather. Separate the piece with the set screw from the pole. Epoxy that piece to the base. Wait maybe 24 hours. Put the vertical pole back vertical and tighten the set screw.

Comments or ideas?


Pacrat
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That'd be my plan of attack, too. I'd just carefully sand/wire brush the mating surfaces to remove any old adhesive. , too, would wait for warmer days to do it. You might have to find a way to check that wires/connections weren't yanked apart when the post toppled over.
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StillLearn
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Streamwood, IL
I was the one who toppled it, but it took very little force. There is an outlet box midway up the pole, and I might have been unplugging-- but not forcefully.

HarryH3
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reply to StillLearn
Looks like a job for JB Weld.


garys_2k
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DUCT TAPE!

Seriously, I'd see about drilling and tapping some holes in the base, then screwing down that intermediate part to that before resetting the post. I don't think an adhesive alone would support it sufficiently, even during a decent windy day.

robbin
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I think an adhesive would hold it. I wonder if a urethane construction adhesive would be better for this application than epoxy.


Msradell
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I wonder if he would even be better off using some type of silicone sealant to reconnect the 2 pieces. They would stay somewhat flexible and wouldn't harden completely so they may give more resilience in the long run.
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Critsmcgee

join:2011-12-02
reply to StillLearn
I'd use liquid nails heavy duty on the top part where the wires are then clear silicone caulk on the sides then let the base dry for a few days before reconnecting the pole.
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Thane_Bitter
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I think your nipple broke.

They may have used a short threaded rod (aka nipple) in combination with a washer and nut on either end to hold those parts together which could have rusted away.


Jack_in_VA
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said by Thane_Bitter:

I think your nipple broke.

They may have used a short threaded rod (aka nipple) in combination with a washer and nut on either end to hold those parts together which could have rusted away.

That's what I thought also looking at the picture. A threaded nipple to hold them together. I don't think any kind of adhesive will do it.


Pacrat
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reply to StillLearn
What's the post made of? Fiberglas, plastic, metal???


StillLearn
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Streamwood, IL
said by Pacrat:

What's the post made of? Fiberglas, plastic, metal???

I think it is painted aluminum.

jeb9876

join:2010-03-28
Morrisville, PA
The lamp base looks like die cast zinc.

The lamp pole could be zinc or aluminum.


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I'd go with a common 2-part epoxy. Tons of grip. Cheap as chips. And if that failed, I'd use the juice to power a water feature, think the Sands, Las Vegas...


mix

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Utica, MI

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reply to StillLearn
How about a length of steel pipe that fits in the circumference of the hole, with a slot cut in it so the wires can be placed in the middle? Seems like it would be stronger than adhesive alone.