I don't through away items until I know for sure it has out lived it's usefulness and a great example are Old solar Yard lights. I came up with two ideas and I have already published one http://www.instructables.com/id/Restoring-Plastic-Solar-Cells-like-New/
I thought of my second project because I found that cheap solar garden lights have poor quality of plastic which does not stand up very well to the Sun's UV rays. All had oxidation on the solar cells and by restoring the cells they operated like new again. However the cheap lights the sun's UV rays damaged the plastic so much some globes total disintegrated with the slightest touched leaving the cap that contains the perfectly working solar cell. I came up with the Bucket Solar Light & Storage Container
to utilize the working solar caps.
Before you make your Bucket Solar Light & Storage Container
you need to know how will it be used as a solar light and storage container. I will show you how I use mine and give you other ideas I plan to do later.Camping:
We like to Trail Ride and mine comes in very handy. My solar capes are removable. I pack extra camping items and solar caps as well so not to damage them on the trip down. During the day will use the bucket to haul water to my horse and at night it makes a nice soft light for the picnic table.Picnic Table:
My Trail Rider friend made hers water tight to protect eating utensils, napkins, plates, salt & pepper from moisture and BUGS. Using the bucket solar light at night the soft light does not attract unwanted bugs
around the table.Gardening:
I have a spot plan for another Bucket Solar Light & Storage Container
which is near some steps that are difficult to see at night. Will store my hand garden tools in the bucket.Fishing:
I left my Bucket Solar Light & Storage Container
on the picnic table all winter, that spring it was full of water and realized the water hadn't really effected the quality of light. We like to fish so my next one will be used as a Minnow Bucket or for just tackle. For Night fishing the solar lighting is a added bonus, NO FLYING BUGS
swarming the light.Seasonal Decorations:
Another bucket will be for Halloween, Will buy a Orange bucket from Home Depot then paint a Jack O Lantern on it. I'm looking for red & green buckets for Christmas, Valentine, St Patrick.
If you like my project enough to make your Bucket Solar Light & Storage Container
I would love to see how yours turned out. This is a Super Easy Project for EVERYONE.