9/16/2016: Patio lighting for under $100

hey-you-guys

Putting up patio lighting tonight in the backyard. Does that mean you can come over for drinks? Possibly. Re-posting this blog from 3 years ago on quick & cheap patio lighting.

Cruise to Home Depot

Pick up 4 electrical conduit pipes (10′ feet each, 3/4″ diameter)
1 piece of PVC pipe (5+′ long, 1″ diameter)
4 conduit hangers with bolts (1-2″ long)
4 stainless steel S hooks (1.5-2″ long)
3 cans of Rustoleum spray paint

While you’re there, get some string lights. They come in all sizes and prices but I recommend at least 40-50′ of lighting.

Start by cutting the PVC into four 12″ pieces. PVC is easily cut with a hand saw. Cut the top of each piece straight so you have a level surface to hammer. The bottom should be cut at angle so it can be pushed into the ground more easily.

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Decide where you’d like each pole to be along the perimeter of the patio. Using a rubber hammer, pound each piece of PVC into the ground – leaving the top few inches exposed. Make sure the PVC is straight into the ground – otherwise pole will lean. (Doing this during the summer or fall is a lot easier because the ground is soft.)

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Attach the conduit hangers to the top of each piece of electrical conduit and put the S hooks (not pictured) through the hole in hanger.

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Spray paint conduits, hangers & S hooks with Rustoleum. Watch your background!

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Drop conduits into PVC and then string lights from S hooks. Boom. Done.

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