How to Replace a Lamppost | Ask This Old House


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In this video, master electrician, Heath Eastman helps a homeowner replace his front lamppost with some hilarious code violations with a new post.

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Master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner replace his lamppost that is not exactly to code.

To start, it is a mailbox post, not even a lamppost. The top is wide open to water infiltrations, only held down by a zip tie. It also uses a voltage way too high to use for residential outdoor usage. All in all, it’s an electrician’s nightmare.

Time: 5-6 hours
Cost: $600 +
Skill Level: Difficult

Cable cutters []
Post hole digger []
Level []
Shovel []
Power drill []

Shopping List:
Lamppost []
Lantern []
Gravel []
Outdoor-rated receptacle []
Water tight conduit connector []
Weatherproof receptacle cover []

Where to find it?
Lampposts usually come in at least two pieces: the post, and the lantern. In this case, Heath installed a Hammond Lantern Post with Sign Bracket for the post and a Jefferson Post Mount Lantern for the lantern. This particular post was designed with a hanging sign in mind, which can be custom ordered separately. All of these items are manufactured by Walpole Outdoors (

To safely extend the UF cable, Heath decided to install an outdoor-rated receptacle [], wire it with the UF cable, and then run a new cable from the receptacle to the lantern. He protected the receptacle using an Expandable Weatherproof In-Use Cover [], which is manufactured by TayMac (

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