Monday, June 18, 2012

sunk anchors

I redid the solar lights at the CAO this weekend.

It occurred to me a short while ago that removing and reinserting the custom red LED lights was difficult and problematic. Well, removing—a step required before mowing the lawn—is easy. But putting back was not so. And in some cases caused damage to the top light assembly. Given that I was, to date, trying to reinsert the light, shaft, and bottom plastic spear.

An idea started to percolate back on the Victoria Day weekend when I had dug out the lights from storage. Instead of removing the entire assembly from the ground, it would be better to leave the spear portion behind. As I thought about it, it occurred to me that it was probably designed that way. It just had never clicked for me before. If the black anchor was put deep in the ground, submerged, so that the top was level with the grass, it would support rapid removal when cutting, and easy reinstallation. Benefits would be that high force would not be needed to put on the spear. Hopefully the spin-off benefit would be fewer broken lenses.

I used an iron bar to make short holes. Embedded the spears. Installed the lights. Easy peasy.

I'd need to send a note (and diagram) to the supers...

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