Directions for a Campsite Lamp Post

Directions for a Campsite Lamp Post
America's national forests are dotted with campsites that, while you can park your car next to the campsite, are not well-developed. One of the features that makes a developed campsite so pleasant is a lamp post (also called a lantern post), especially if there are no conveniently-placed trees around to hang lanterns from. However, no manufacturer makes kits for portable campsite lamp posts. If you want a lamp post you can set up at any campsite, make it yourself.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 pieces of 2-inch PVC pipe, 3 feet long
  • Hacksaw
  • PVC glue
  • Female PVC fitting for 2-inch pipes
  • Toilet flange
  • PVC reducer fitting for 2-inch pipes
  • Female PVC fitting for 2-inch pipes
  • Male PVC fitting for 2-inch pipes
  • PVC elbow fitting for 2-inch pipes
  • 2-inch PVC pipe, 8 to 10 inches long
  • S-hook
  • Drill
Step 1
Cut two 2-inch PVC pipes to 3 feet long with a hacksaw, if they are not already that length. Keep in mind that when you set up the lamp post, you will bury the bottom several inches in the ground. The in-use height of the lamp post will be less than 6 feet.
Step 2
Fit the reducer into the toilet flange, and then glue a 3-foot PVC pipe into the flange. This serves as the base of the campsite lamp post. The toilet flange increases the surface area of the base, giving it more stability.
Step 3
Glue a 2-inch PVC female fitting to the top lamp post base. Also glue a 2-inch PVC male fitting to one end of the other 3-foot pipe. These two sections will be screwed together when the lamp post is assembled at the campsite.
Step 4
Take the 3-foot pipe with the male fitting on one end and glue the elbow fitting to the other end. Then glue another 2-inch PVC pipe, between 8 and 10 inches long, into the open end of the elbow fitting. The end result will be an L-shaped section of PVC piping with a male fitting on one side and an open end on the other.
Step 5
Drill a hole into the bottom of the open end of the L-shaped section of pipe. Thread an S-hook into the hole.

Tips & Warnings

Set up the lamp post by screwing the male and female fittings together. Then dig a hole several inches deep, plant the toilet flange in the hole, fill in the hole with dirt and tamp it down. Finally, hang your lamp from the S-hook.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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