by Greg Kono
I bought this solar light at Home Depot to light up my stairs at night. It quit working after a couple of months. After checking the battery, wiring and bulb, I found the problem to be the photoresistor. Once the part was replaced, I decided to mount the solar panel on a 14’ bamboo pole instead of on the ground in order to get more sunlight.
It’s been up a few days now and is working fine, but the bamboo is starting to bend from the extra weight and probably won’t hold up during a big winter storm. I’ll be tinkering with it more in the future and give it a more sculptural look. Stay tuned!
If you have anything broken that you’d like to learn how to fix, give it a shot during our Fixers’ Collective meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at The Tool Library: http://wstoollibrary.org/2011/07/the-fixers-collective-the-west-seattle-tool-library/