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Logan L. Johnson

Close hanger arches?

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Can I make arches out of metal clothes hangers? I have lots of them, but no money for piping like most arches are made from. I have 8 boxes of colored mini lights. 

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The way I was thinking of doing this is to string the lights along the hangers (instead of wrapping them) and attaching with green floral wire. I want the arches to be about 18 inches tall. I have 1500 multicolored lights for the project (incans of course) and I want them outlining my lower drive. What about that? I think my post was a little too broad since I didn't include the details. Also, they will not "leap", it is a static display. Couldn't the hangers just be stuck into the ground as well? The reason I had the idea for hangers is because I have a lot of them. If I must use the piping, I can do that but I won't be making them anytime soon. 

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Here is one, I will put more together. I think that I can just stick them into the ground. They won't be "leaping" because it is a static display. I attached the lights with green floral wire. 

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PVC is dirt cheap... have you priced it? 

Your sample arch doesn't look to be anywhere near 18" tall. 10" maybe? That would be guaranteed to be buried in the snow here in MN...

But if you like this look it would probably work. 

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PVC is dirt cheap... have you priced it? 

Your sample arch doesn't look to be anywhere near 18" tall. 10" maybe? That would be guaranteed to be buried in the snow here in MN...

But if you like this look it would probably work. 


Ya it's what $1.25 or so for a 10 foot piece.


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I didn't measure it, but it is about the size I want. It will look taller once put into the ground (because it will be somewhat bent). We don't get much snow, and if we do it is usually after I take my display down. 

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On 1/6/2017 at 6:12 PM, Logan L. Johnson said:

Here is one, I will put more together. I think that I can just stick them into the ground. They won't be "leaping" because it is a static display. I attached the lights with green floral wire.

I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't work.  It might be a little flimsy but you could use 2 hangers together to give it more strength if necessary.  If you take 2 hangers, straighten them out, and then twist them together it might also help the lights stay put without sliding off.

Here are 2 things to keep in mind for safety.  First, make sure that floral wire will not cut into the insulation of the light string.  It might work with just wrapping the lights around the hanger wire without anything else to hold it.  Other options are electrical tape, cable ties, or duct tape.  Second, these may trip your GFCI when it's raining.  The lights will be very close to the ground and will have an expedited path to ground because of the hanger wire.  If that happens then just leave them unplugged when it's raining.  (Don't be foolish enough to bypass the GFCI!)

TED

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to twist some hangers!
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1 hour ago, TED said:

I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't work.  It might be a little flimsy but you could use 2 hangers together to give it more strength if necessary.  If you take 2 hangers, straighten them out, and then twist them together it might also help the lights stay put without sliding off.

You can chuck them up in a drill to twist the wire hangers together.  If your dead set on using the hangers, I would twist as many together as possible because of strength.  Less = flimsy in this case.

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Twisting them together isn't a bad idea! I will try that. Since they will be near my basement door, and to prevent overloading another outlet, I will probably run them to a drop cord, and run the cord under the door. I won't plug them in if it's raining to prevent fires/electrical shock. 

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You could give it a try and see how it turns out.

 

Curious, why don't you like LEDs?

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