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Kim-dk

I have problems placing my new arches

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Hi,

Im going to replace my 2 old 16 feet arches with 4 new 13 feet's

(odd length but we use metrics in Denmark)

But i have some problems with where in my yard i should put them.

As you can see, my yard is 3 feet lower then the road and not very wide.

After trying this and that i came up with the idea placing them as on the picture.

Has anyone made or seen a similar setup?

I can imagine some nice light patters that you cant get with all 4 on a straight line.

On the other picture of the whole yard, i found out that even if im 20 feet above the road, i still cant see the start of the 2 arches closest to the road.

Guess that i have to move them to the other side of the pathway, or..

I really hate that dwarf tree in the middle, but my wife says she will kill me if i cut it down ;-)

Any suggestions?

/Kim, Denmark

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The configuration of the arches looks cool. I've not seen one laid out that way, but it would be exciting.

As far as location, if the tree doesn't get struck by lighting or some deadly disease, or accidently get gasoline poured on its roots; at least cut the tall grasses along side the road and push the arches as close to the pathway as you can.

I think this is going to look great!

Joe

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I would just move them closer to the walkway as well. Do you get snow where your located? Lots?

You may want to move to the other side is you get a big pile of snow on the side of the road.

Or... you could take the dirt down a few feet so you can see all the lights better!!! I've heard of stranger things being done:p:giggle:

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I actually like the idea but I would not use them as arches in the tradtional sense. Now I'm just thinking out loud here...

Instead of making them 8 channels, I ight consider making them 5 channels, or even four. Then with the saved channels, build four more arches for a total of 8 arches. Lay all of the arches out in the same way you have them, with one side in the middle (it would almost look like a spider). Now you can "spin" the arches, create explosions as well as use two opposite arches in the conventional method. It might be cool - something that no one has done before.

Another thing you could do is put all of the arches on top of on another so that the highest point of each arch intersects with each other. That might be interesting as well.

One last idea. Maybe place a single vertical pole where all of the arches meet in the center. Make the single vertical pole the same way you make an arch (using 6, 7 or 8 channels), just make it stick straight up in the air instead of bend it in a semi circle.

Just some options...But personally, I like idea number 1. I would create an animation to see if it would look good...

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Joe, Thanks for noticing the tall grass :-) It will be cut when i get my.. Ermm.. "Aluminium stick with a small gas engine in one end and a really fast spinning nylon wire in the other end" (trimmer?) back from repair. The dwarf tree (Willow, i think its called) actually tilted 2 times during hurricanes. Thats why it has 3 support legs. So, if it can survive hurricanes, my wife gets suspicius if something happens to it now :-)

I tried to move the arches close to the pathway, went up on the road and stood where the cars park. (The opposite side of the road) No go. At least 1 section on the 2 front arches are not visible. Will put them on the other side of the pathway as suggested.

We do get snow, but not much in december and january. But if a snowstorm hits us, the snow will pile up to 3 feet in that part of the yard.

JeffL, Thanks for showing. Your setup makes me wish for a Megatree even more :-)

But when i move the arches back, it leaves me space for a Megatree next year :-)

/Kim, Denmark

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B_Regal, I thought of your idea 1 earlier when trying to place the arches. Just not loud :-)

I think it will be to dominant compared to the rest of my setup.

I also discarded an idea with putting a 3'rd section on each arch (They are made from 2 pipes with a connector on the top) making them high enough to pass under for the same reason.

However, I still think i can make explotions/splashes and spinning with just 4 arches.

A vertical pole in the middle could be a nice detail. Thank you for that idea :-)

/Kim, Denmark

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Make 20' arches but leave the bottom 3' of each side of the arch bare so the lights do not go to the ground.

That one crossed my mind too, but woulden't it look strange to have the lights start 3 feet above the ground?

/Kim, Denmark

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That one crossed my mind too, but woulden't it look strange to have the lights start 3 feet above the ground?

/Kim, Denmark

Given the second picture, I'm not sure you would notice it in the dark. Mine today are almost a foot above the ground (actually 9 to 10 inches). If you have an arch made already, try putting it up and not lighting the lower channels and see what it would look like...not with LOR, just plug it in so that all but the two lower channels are lit.

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You should put your megatree in the middle of the arches!!!

That would be COOL!

I was thinking the same thing, put the base of the tree at the apex of the arches.

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