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Old 06-25-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Removal of Outdoor Lampost - Concrete Question

Hi everyone - I currently have an old lampost that up until recently was covered with ivy. After removing it, the post looks more like some PVC piping than a post, so I'm going to replace.

Question - The post is set in concrete, and I presume that conduit was run from the house and set in the concrete as well. (I say presume since i've really done no investigation yet). What's the best way of removing the concrete with damagine the conduit? Usually, i'd just use a combination of a sledge and some good ole fashion elbow greese, but i imagine that's probably not the way to go. Wouild a (small) jackhammer be a good alternative? (please say yes, i've been wanting to rent one) Thanks!


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Old 06-25-2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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Why are you replacing it?
PVC would be rust free and would work fine for a lamp post.

No one here is going to be able to tell you for 100% sure how yours was done.
One thing you want to check is what type wire was run to the lamp. It should be UF wire which is gray, it's rated for direct ground bural. If it's white or yellow and not in PVC tubing it needs to be replaced anyway to the correct type wire.

Just shut off the breaker to the light and start digging.


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