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I just went to the local ACE hardware store to pickup tomato cages (before tomato season is over!). They had heavy-duty ones there.... so i started countin out what i would need. I decided i better first check the price-- 7.99 each! Put them all back and walked out. What do the normal gauge ones cost in general?

Colin

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Colin,

Here in Northern Virginia they are in the $3-$4 range. One thing of note. Home Depot got their shipment late this year (so late they missed most of the growing season). So they have tons of them in stock (at least here in the Fairfax area)

Hope that helps.

Dave

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I've been hearing how everyone uses tomato cages over the past few months. I don't mean to sound like a newbie but what are you using them for? I've heard them being used for mini trees and other projects.

I was hoping someone would show some pics of what they've done so I can better understand what the hype is all about!!!!!

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Go to http://www.planetchristmas.com/Build3DTrees.htm and you will see plans and pictures for building the mini trees with floral easels. Tomato cages work well also. They also come in several different sizes. I prefer the cages because one on top of the other give a more rounded effect. And sometimes, they are cheaper than the floral easels.

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I have in fact built those mini trees. I've never seen a tomato cage used. The tomato cages I'm familiar with are a circle w/3 legs on them???? How dose that work? I don't get it???

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This time of year, these should be ready to close them out at 1/2 price. Try Wal Mart or Lowes Hardware. They normally retail for about $3-4 for the 5 foot size. They also have 3 foot cages for $2-3.

Answering your question concerning the shape, etc.:

Buy 2 for each tree, then place one inside the other, turning the 2nd cage 60 degrees around (giving 6 legs) and turn upside down for the shape of a tree and tie the tops together with 2 inches extending pass the tie. You will find it easier for the long run to run your lights from top to bottom so they don't slip up or down the cage. With the uniformed spacing of the lights, it will make the overall tree look unilform.

You may want to vary every other one from going to the top to give the best use of the lights spreading evenly and maximizing the bulbs on the tree. 300 lights on the 5 foot is beautiful.

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Go to http://www.planetchristmas.com/Build3DTrees.htm and you will see plans and pictures for building the mini trees with floral easels. Tomato cages work well also. They also come in several different sizes. I prefer the cages because one on top of the other give a more rounded effect. And sometimes, they are cheaper than the floral easels.

I just viewed this link you had posted. What a way cool idea. I could do something like this. I think....LOL

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tomato cages couldn't be found around this area (central NJ)... only an Ace hardware store had them, and they wanted 6 bux each! forget that.

I started buying the floral easels from Michaels Arts and Crafts... they have 40% and 50% off coupons all the time... need 12 got 6 already.

Colin

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