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I setup five 20' trees using two pieces of 1 1/4" Black pipe connected with a 12" pin.  I use four guy wires from the Pully Top head.  In the last ten years I have had one pully head bend causing a guy wire to loosen.  The tree swayed in the wend until the pipe bent.  I also had the stabilization legs bend.  To put up a 30'-35' tree I suggest you place four guy wires at each pipe connection and the top.  That would be 12 guy wires in total.

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I used the Christmas Lights Show package to create a 20' tree a few years ago. Last year we stepped it up to 25' and 4800 lights. 4 guy wires and anchors 12" into the ground. It has never swayed too much, but I think I lose a few years off of my life every year when we put it up. I don't see us going more than 25'.

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Guys, I have a question: I am not looking to build a giant mega tree but I would to use 70 light strings which are 23' long - is there a calculation that I can use to figure the height I need to use the 23' strings of lights and get the proper look I need.  This kind of a backwards way of figuring I know.

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Our mega tree is 20ft and we use 22ft 70ct, LED C3 and 22ft 105 ct Mini, LED. Its 10 ft at the base and looks great. I just double back on the 105 ct sets, at the base,and blends right in. Its static and doesnt use LOR. We just bought the crank up ,set up this year and LOVE IT!! Hope to add another 1 next year. If you have questions, yell back

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On 12/15/2018 at 10:25 AM, Glenn Barber said:

Guys, I have a question: I am not looking to build a giant mega tree but I would to use 70 light strings which are 23' long - is there a calculation that I can use to figure the height I need to use the 23' strings of lights and get the proper look I need.  This kind of a backwards way of figuring I know.

When I figured out my megatree I used the pythagorean theorem which is:

a^{2}+b^{2}=c^{2},

Where a would equal the height of the tree

b would equal half the diameter of the trees base

and c would be the length of your light string (23 feet)

By lowering the height the base diameter would become larger and by increasing the height the base diameter would become smaller.

I then used the "golden ratio" to determine a nice height versus base diameter for the tree.

using the golden ratio your height would be 1.618 times the base diameter.

You can find detailed information on wikipedia...

Hope this helps.

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