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Big J Illinois    277

Good evening all, I have a 3 car wide driveway, and want to put lighted arches over it. I want 5 total. Each one is 5 ft apart. The problem I am having ,is the arches closest to the garge (26 ft span) is the top of the arches "flatten" and don't have an arch to them. I have tried 3/4 pvc and it's to flimsy. I also have tried using 1/2 steel emt inside to make it ridgid....still, to flimsy and top heavy and bows....I need ideas on the cheap, and have scanned the Internet and no one has ever posted any info for a 3 car wide arch. Also, I cant have any supports in the middle. Ideas?thanks Jeff 

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Scott4864    7

Doing a 3 car driveway is going to need a pretty sturdy structure. I would suggest using the pipe for a chain link fence top rail. It comes in 10' and 20' lengths with a swag on one end so you can connect as many as you need together. If you Google "greenhouse hoop bender" you will find a lot of info on how to bend the pipe. I would drill a hole thru the pipe where each pipe connects together and put a bolt or a pin thru the hole to keep the pipe from spinning. 

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WLND-DAVID    90

I agree with Scott,  That span will need to be pretty substantial.  Bolting or pinning is a great idea too.  I would think 1-1/2" or even 2" PVC might be needed.  I put together a rough sketch to get some measurements.  You would probably also want to attach a support to the building at the top center and run it out to the outermost arch {attaching at each arch} to keep them from swaying.  That size PVC may also need to be heated to get the proper arc.  Use some chalk on the driveway as a template.  You might also want to consider 1/2" or 3/4" rigid pipe for anchors, instead of rebar.
Let us know as you progress through the project, and don't forget to post pics too.

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Big J Illinois    277

Would 2" electrical emt (grey) span that distance , with out heating it up to form the arch? Also, would white pvc be better? Thanks for the input so far, keep ideas coming please:)

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Big J Illinois    277

2" grey pvc did the trick!!! A total of 5 arches, the bottom is going to be 1" number 2 and 3 arches will be 1 1/4" , number four arch will be 1 1/2" and number 5 will be 2"  

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Big J Illinois    277

Update, the nearest one to the house is a 2" , arches 2,3,4 are 1 1/4 and bottom one, closest to the sidewalk is 1". They all store inside each other, . I am using 2000 lighys on them, combines. Going to leave the grey as it is, going to hopefully find garland and cover it. I have put 700 lights on the 2" and it looks super nice. It isn't over powering, but subtle. No controller this year, but by next possibly.  And for sure, the rest of the static display will be LED. 

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Rynelson    14

Hey BJ, I am doing arches for my aunt and uncle this year and their driveway is three cars wide like yours. How many 10' pvc pipe lengths did it take you to get across the driveway?

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Rynelson    14
On 8/19/2016 at 2:35 PM, Big J Illinois said:

Update, the nearest one to the house is a 2" , arches 2,3,4 are 1 1/4 and bottom one, closest to the sidewalk is 1". They all store inside each other, . I am using 2000 lighys on them, combines. Going to leave the grey as it is, going to hopefully find garland and cover it. I have put 700 lights on the 2" and it looks super nice. It isn't over powering, but subtle. No controller this year, but by next possibly.  And for sure, the rest of the static display will be LED. 

Hey BJ, I am doing arches for my aunt and uncle this year and their driveway is three cars wide like yours. How many 10' pvc pipe lengths did it take you to get across the driveway?

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