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Has anyone ever thought of or made mini arches? I am thinking about going around the perimeter of the yard (next year) with a series of mini arches about 1' tall. I'm thinking only 4 channels per arch, possibly multiple colors in the future. Just wondered if anyone had ever made any or if a how to already existed. :confused:

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Mine aren't that short. They're about 30". They are 8 channels a piece. I don't see any reason why you couldn't go smaller. Make sure your PVC is 1/2" or maybe 3/4 at the largest. Otherwise you'll be really stressing it to bend in a short length. Your length will need to be 4-5', I'm guessing, to get a height of 12". If you have trouble bending it you can use softer underground sprinkler tubing.

You'll probably have to experiment a bit with lengths, till you get it right.

Good luck!!!

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I don't think I'm going to use pvc. I'm thinking about a wire wreath frame cut in half. If I go the pvc route I think I would permanently bend them into an arch. I made a set of snowshoes way back in boy scouts out of 3/4 inch pvc. We made a form out of plywood in the shape of a snow shoe then filled the PVC pipe with super hot sand we cooked on a BBQ grill. The PVC becomes like a garden hose. Then you drop it down into the form and let it cool. When it's cold you knock all the sand out of the inside and it's permanently in that shape. We'll see what's easier and cheaper!

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My entire display is Sealed Enclosure LEDs so doubtful on the grounding but I'm starting to agree that PVC may be the way to go. Just have to figure out how to form them.

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Here's mine:

http://www.plymouthlights.com/archfence.htm

2 colors/4 channels per arch, so the "leaping" happens mostly across the yard vs. in a single arch, but I really like the effect. Video coming next month probably -- I didn't do video last year, and just shot this year's tonight...

-Tim

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here are a few pictures of our mini arches. We used a 100 count light string and used three colors on each. Next year we want to try 2 channels on each but we shall see since I don't want to add anymore channels (for me 88 is plenty).

We used pvc and I had some steel rods welded together that I put into the ground about 8 feet apart. THis year I had to add guide wires on them to keep them straight (we moved to a WINDY area!

Jim

http://picasaweb.google.com/jimboaverill/2008ChristmasHouseLights

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I have 2 arches, 5 channels each, 200 lights per channel. I then made 2 more and plugged them together to total 4. They are set up every other one, so that you cannot really tell they are not all individually controlled. Each one is 1/2" 10' pvc, I had 10 channels to work with and wanted 2 arches so b/c I used 1/2" I had to use 200 lights per channel to cover the 10' pvc. If you use 3/4" you will only need 8 strings to cover 10'

I used a 10' 1x4 with a hole drilled about 3" inches from the end and bent the pvc to fit. Then I used guy wire (rope) to hold them up.

This is not the best video but you can see them and get the point. I will try and post some other video if I can find it as well.

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Hi Tim,

Am looking to create mini-arches this year. My current ones are 5' tall. Yours look smaller. Do you know (approximately) how tall your arches are?

thanks,

Sally

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I was close to what Tim did. I used Dave Horting's bracket's. They look great, but are about 2'x8'. However, Kyle Carlson (kylec) did just that. Small arches about 18" x 3'. 4 channels each I think. Had them going with DMX, but you could use regular LOR. It looked great - http://www.christmasinlakestevens.com/

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