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Exterior Post Lanterns On A Budget

 Exterior Post Lanterns

Add a touch of sophistication and grandeur with a pair of outdoor post lights at an entrance of a home or driveway. Exterior post lanterns  not only make a bold statement, they also enhance the beauty of any residence while providing years of maintenance free illumination.

If you’re on  a budget (and who isn’t these days) you can easily do some minor upgrades to your current exterior lighting that won’t break the bank, are relatively easy DIY projects, give you a high-end look and save you money.

For this project, we replaced the original post lanterns with new Hampton Bay Exterior Post Lanterns that we found on sale at a local home supply store.

3 Philips Duramax Blunt Tip Clear 40 watt bulbs were installed into each of these exterior lanterns.

We kept the original 6 foot aluminum posts but painted them with Tremclad metal rust paint, in a black matte finish to match the finish on the lanterns. 2 Coats of paint were needed to cover the original white paint.

Project completion time from beginning to end took about 2.5 hours. Materials and supplies  to complete this project-$120.00.

 

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Photos courtesy of: Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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Front Porch Post Replacement

 

 

 

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 I was hired recently to replace a damaged front porch post. This is another one of those instances where  you really don’t know how much damage is actually evident until I had completely dismantled it. As you will see, there was quite a bit of damage to the original post due to  moisture  and carpenter ants. Once the new post was in, I then gave the railings a nice coat of paint to give the a nice clean finished look.

 

 

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This is the original damaged post I removed. I know it’s a little difficult to see in this photo but have a closer look at the damage on the top end of the post. Basically it crumbled instantly. Good thing my client decided to get the work done. If left unchecked, this post would have surely failed in supporting the roof.

 

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The damage as shown in this photo, has been caused by the post being installed  directly on a concrete surface resulting in moisture being transferred from the concrete into the wooden post.  There was no moisture barrier  put in place to prevent this damage from occurring. When ever building,  wood should never come into contact with concrete without a moisture barrier put into place.  Not only was the post damaged my moisture, also a colony of carpenter ants decided to make a comfy home inside this post.

 

 

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I put in place a jack post to temporarily   support the structure while I installed a new post.

 

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The end result as you can see in this photo, is that I used an 8 ft. primed colonial porch post having a load bearing limit of 5,800 (lbs.) . The post also has a moisture barrier seal on the bottom. I also installed a quick mount elevated bracket. this bracket provides a ventilating moisture barrier between post and ground. By doing these two steps we will prevent water damage, increasing life of post by years.

Now don’t get me wrong, anything that you build doesn’t last forever. This just extents the life of the product.

 

 

 

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