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Old 06-09-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
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We are goin campin this weekend at Quintana Beach in our travel trailers.

One of SCRIBNER's buddy's told him about some camping lights that he made out of a 5 gallon bucket. Sounded cool to have, so I got busy!

I went to the bucket gettin place and looked at buckets. I cant remember if these are 2.5, 3 or 3.5 gal buckets, but they seemed to be of a good shape for what we were doin, and looked to be easier to store than a 5 gal bucket.

Bucket also had a screw on lid and cost about $5.

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Got a clamp light at Stanton's for $9.99. It had a porcelin base and was held together with 2 screws. Thats what I needed.

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I remobed the clamp and then took the 2 screws out to seperate the base.

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The cord had a knot in it that had to come out. The wires were soldered in, so I disconnected them by heatin em up with a solderin iron.

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I marked the inside of the lid to match the base and drilled 3 holes.

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Old 06-09-2010, 09:37 PM   #2
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I know. Im not a photographer!

The wires still had a bit of solder on them.

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Thread the wires thru the top of the bucket in the center hole. Make sure the base is still on the wires.

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The holes still had a bit of solder in them.

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Solder the wires back on. No extra solder was needed. Just heat it up and quickly slide the wires in.

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Match the holes up and srew the socket back to the base. I got away with using the same screws that came with it.

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Screw a 60W buld in the socket.

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Screw the lid onto the bucket.

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Old 06-09-2010, 09:40 PM   #3
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View from the shop, lookin outside.

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Lookin in the shop with the shop lights on.

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Shop lights off.

Gave a nice soft glow. Perfect for sittin around camp at night!

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Made 4 of em in about an hour.

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Old 06-09-2010, 09:40 PM   #4
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How bright is it joey?
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:41 PM   #5
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my computer is slow, i ask to soon, looks good to me.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:46 PM   #6
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Its not as brite as I thought it would be, but outta be good enuff to see everthing at our camp site.

I will get campin pix this weekend.

If they dont get too hot, I may put a higher wattage bulb in it. I bet some holes in it would help it keep cool and mite make it brighter.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:51 PM   #7
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I like it...
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:44 PM   #8
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Thanks Joey! They look good can't wait until Friday!

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:54 PM   #9
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Sweet idea right there! Im gonna have to give these a shot
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:10 AM   #10
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You're pretty handy, Joey!
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:33 AM   #11
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Interesting....Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:20 AM   #12
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Use CFL's. They wont get as hot, and they are brighter.....and green!
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:34 AM   #13
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nice work, i like the idea
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:46 AM   #14
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Neet Idea! Those should work our real nice.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:00 AM   #15
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joey, you might wannt try one with the light mounted on the bottom. This way you could remove the lid and have some more directional light if needed.

That's pretty good...i just us a krap load of these. I got them scattered everywhere:
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:37 PM   #16
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Good stuff. The soft look is a good idea that way its not glaring at you all night.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:21 PM   #17
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good idea
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:22 PM   #18
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I was wondering about the heat as well.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:37 PM   #19
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That is neat Joey. You can keep bait warm in the winter too!
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:37 PM   #20
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Just put those Christmas lights to use. Lower electric consumption, soft light, cover greater area and you could put a ton of them in just one of the buckets.

My favorite is a Coleman lantern with white gas. I also prefer sites without electricity.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:08 PM   #21
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I've built several of these myself. Mine are a little different though. I just get the porcelain ceiling fixtures and attach them to the bottom inside the bucket. Any time I can find a vacuum cleaner that someone is throwing away, I steal the cord off of it. They are about 15' long and roll up nicely inside the bucket. I kinda like your spin them also!
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:13 AM   #22
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We have some of those at our camp in Arkansas. They put out enough light to keep from stumbling over things, without being overpowering.
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:56 PM   #23
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redneck campin at its best. i like the idea. maybe i can make some w motion senors on them. put them all over the yard so i can find my way to the door at night.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:57 AM   #24
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They worked well!

They illuminted the whole camp site and did not get hot.

Bucket made for a good extension cord storage container, also.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:06 AM   #25
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good thinking!
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:24 PM   #26
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Thats a good idea looks good
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:55 PM   #27
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:20 PM   #28
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Use CFL's. They wont get as hot, and they are brighter.....and green!
This. I was going to post it if no one had before I got to the bottom of the thread.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:54 PM   #29
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Pretty neat idea. Looks good.

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Old 07-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #30
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You can get those little lite brite things and write your name in the side of the bucket, or just put TBH.com on there.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:51 PM   #31
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Ive got a buddy that has one kinda like that, but it has holes drilled all the way around the top. I guess to let heat out maybe? It works great. I just built one out of the bottom 1/3 of an ozarka jug. Gonna try it out this weekend. Nice work.
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:28 PM   #32
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This. I was going to post it if no one had before I got to the bottom of the thread.
My thoughts exactly. CFLs would probably last longer too. Don't have to worry about the filament getting broken
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:25 PM   #33
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Joey do you have any pictures from when you went camping for reference? Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:45 AM   #34
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Use CFL's. They wont get as hot, and they are brighter.....and green!

That's a good idea.I'll be working on this new invention and brilliant idea very soon.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:55 PM   #35
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I like it... Think I'll Make one myself...
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:46 PM   #36
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Bump for a link.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:55 PM   #37
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We have used them camping for years. We saw a guy that had one at his camp and we had to build one that night. Played many hands of cards under one just like it
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:12 AM   #38
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I saw these being used up in Northeast Texas last November when we were camping at Lake of the Pines. Looked pretty cool. But we use a 40' strand of rope light instead surrounding our carpet pad that we put outside of our camper door. With the awning out, this provides just enough light to see without attracting bugs or being overpowering.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:19 PM   #39
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Impressive thinking, will look at an LED copy
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Good job!
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