Asked on Aug 29, 2019

What can I use to extend my patio umbrella poles?

by Jim

I need to make my patio umbrellas about 16" taller. They are sitting in recessed recievers around the pool so they sit low... I have hit my eye on the umbrella spines when walking by so I need to build pole extensions from common materials that can be found in hardware/Home Depot stores. Any DIY ideas that will serve the purpose and look good?Thanks for reading my question and for your responses. Oh I live in the desert so wood isn't a good option.

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  • Ellis Ellis on Aug 29, 2019

    Since I don't know much about this sort of thing, I would take the lower part of the umbrella pole to a good hardware or plumbing supply store, and check to see what pipes would suit this purpose best, whether metal or plastic. Then have them cut you the lengths you need, or get a hacksaw that will cut the kind of pipe you buy. If the color is wrong, you could spray paint the pipe.

  • Jim Jim on Aug 29, 2019

    Thank you for responding...

    I'm having a problem finding a pipe with the OD to fit the ID of the concrete opening (which is made to insert the umbrella pipe) and flared to fit the OD of the Umbrella pipe. Need to somehow join a 1.5 inch OD stainless pipe to a 1.5 ID stainless pipe without welding them.

    We deal with very hot temps in southern AZ. so plastic wouldn't be an option. Not sure about fiberglass strength withstanding the wind gusts that pop up... The guys at our local hardware & lumber stores haven't been able to solve so I thought maybe someone at home talk might have already solved such a problem

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Aug 29, 2019

    I would splint it. Take your additional length that has the same diameter as the existing pole. Use a metal sleeve to splice them together. Thumb screws should hold them tight.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Aug 29, 2019

    You could also use five gallon plastic pails, cut the bottom off, oil the inside and then pour in Quikcrete and just before it sets fully insert a plastic pipe the diameter of the base of your poles.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Sep 07, 2019

    Sticking the pole end into a pail of concrete is not going to solve the dilemma that the height of the pole is not high enough.

    The poles are anchored already in recessed receivers which are very sturdy.

    The problem here is that the poles are not tall enough to allow clearance in walking under the umbrella.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Sep 07, 2019

    Purchase an aluminium pole sufficient length to accommodate the needed 16" added height plus supportive inches on each end. Cut to size if necessary.

    Purchase a D size large enough to go over the umbrella pole.

    Cut your present umbrella pole, keeping a section firmly installed in the concrete holder. The new extension piece will be added in between this bottom anchor section, and the higher section, of the original umbrella pole.

    The key to getting the extension to stay attached securely to the umbrella pole is to drill holes through both the umbrella pole and the extension pole at the same spots. To allow one pin, 4 holes need to be drilled (2 in the umbrella pole, and 2 in the extension pole.)

    After drilling the holes, insert the umbrella pole into the extension, line up the holes, then slide in the locking pins to hold both poles in place. To have added strength for windy days, you may want to have two pins X cross each other. This would require 8 holes being drilled at each of the junction points.

    The picture below shows one style of pin locking the insert in place inside the extension.

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 07, 2023

    Place Concrete Slabs under receivers and then Put a low fence around them to make them look better.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 13, 2023

    We measured the diameter of the umbrella pole and got a pipe slightly larger at Lowes. Works great. Just installed a pin and drilled a small hole to hold everything in place in the wind.

  • If you have a fence nearby you might be able to mount the existing pole to it at any height you desire with no extension needed. This is what we did.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 13, 2023

    Put slabs under the Pole receiver to lift to required height or buy a new pole that will fit into conector.

  • Get another pipe that your umbrella will fit in and then drill a hole to pin it at the height you want.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 13, 2023

    Either way would work, get a pole slightly larger, drill and pin it or raise the base with concrete blocks, you could paint them a color to match with masonry paint.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 13, 2023

    Hi Jim, hope this helps you out. you can get a pvc pipe slightly larger than the poles, drill a hole in them and put a screw in to hold them in place