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Mega Tree Rebuild

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Currently my mega tree is a 20 sunsetter telescoping flag pole. 3 years ago the pole snapped from a windstorm ...mostly my fault because of not having enough guy wires.....so i replaced with a new pole and doubled my guy wires and all was fine for the next couple of years. Last year the wooden bun I had at the top (with brass hooks around it and a center bolt screwing into top of flagpole) snapped in half.

This year my goal is the replace the entire system with something more sturdy and a hand crank/winch to take the lights up.

I would like to continue using the collar base that is set into the ground in concrete for the flag pole. Right now it can accomidate up to 2-5/8" diameter (which is the width of the bottom of the flag pole)

Anyone have any options or plans they can share to get me started int he right direction?

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You need to look at Walter and Jackie Monkhouse's JUMP tree. They can be lifted with a drill and boat jack. We do two 35 ft trees each year and they are up in less than an hour. We live in Oklahoma with the potential for high winds ( a calm day is when the wind is less than 25 mph) with guy wires and have had no trouble. Walter also has instructions for an upper hook section. We have used the screw on system from Christmas Light show for the topper. I think that 3G Creations also carries something like this now.

For the Jump tree google "Magic Christmas".

Hope this helps.

Anne

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PS. We use a concrete in-ground system adapted from Walter's portable hole and a flagpole system mounting design.

Anne

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Weve used the kit that Christmas Light Show sells (it's 20') for 3 years now and no problems ......The tree goes up in approx 30 min. and we have 9600 c-6 lights on it and a 2' rotating star which is quite a bit of weight. They also sell only parts from their kit which might help you.

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I second the Christmas Light Show system, though I made modifications to mine, putting pulleys on two opposite arms of the top piece and welding a second nut onto the light head/carrier. This prevents binding - two people can raise this thing in about 2-3 minutes once the lights are hooked to it.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100335339389226.2508288.25501006&type=3 Pictures of what I mean

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What are the pictures of the LOR boxes burned up?

Never did figure out what caused it, other than it wasn't water. Here are some "better" pictures of the board. The box it was in still smells, a year later. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226301000781761.55775.149952898416572&type=3

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