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Oh no!! The wires!! the wires!!!

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ok so my display has grown this year... to include being across the sidewalk to the front part of the yard...

however I feel like the guy in the IBM commercials.. (its the servers!!)..

what do I do with all the Wires that need to cross the sidewalk.. I bought some wiremold stuff but I swear that makes more of a trip hazard than just leaving the wires lay out...

what is the best approach for wires that cross walking paths? sure i can put up cones and such but id like to have something cover the wires that people can walk on and not easily get tangled up.....

whats your ideas?

im running about 18 channels across the sidewalk..

-Christopher

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I would think that going under would be the best. Try to put something on top of the sidewalk may not be well liked by your city. there are many methods to do this but a quick and dirty one is to dig a hole on both sides of the path then pound a piece of pipe from on e hole to the other going under the sidewalk.

-Pat

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I would either dig under the sidewalk or go 8+ feet in the air over the sidewalk. If you just run wires over the sidewalk and some sue happy person trips and falls you will wish you had done the extra work to keep your wires off the sidewalk.

Side story.... I used to live and work in Vegas. If we had to run a single extension cord accross a public walkway ( such as in a casino or shopping center) our company would pay a helper to watch the cord and tell people to watch their step. We also taped the cord down and covered it with caution tape. These days people will sue you for anything and me myself I wouldn't take the chance.

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In my planing stages for the display..I knew I was going across the sidewalk.

It took about 4 hours to install this and it was a bit of work but it functions perfectly and is out of site.

I took a 5 foot piece of 4 inch PVC and laid it on the grass. Dug a trench about a foot down the length of the PVC. Used a hose...and a pipe to tunnel under the sidewalk then dug a hole on the opposite side of the sidewalk.

Laid the PVC pipe into the trench and using a 2x6 as a striking board I pounded the PVC through the tunnel created under the sidewalk to the opposite side.

Installed 90 degree elbows on each end of the pipe and a riser of 4 inch PVC to the grass surface.

Fill in the trench and the hole and replace the grass that was removed and it is done.

Did not take long for the "surgury" to completely disappear and it is totally unnoticable now.

In the Fall when I am setting up for Christmas I take my leaf blower and insert it into one end of the PVC tunnel and blow all the accumulated water and leaves and "stuff" out the opposide end of my tunnel. Works like a charm.

Now. my wires run UNDER the sidewalk. Again...about 4 hours work and was done.

Doug

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Options (use 1 or more):

1. Move the controller to the other side.

2. Yellow Jackets

3. Build a candy-cane arch to go over the sidewalk and run the wires through that.

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Last Year I had cables running over the walkway that leads to my front door. This year with 6 controllers plus other cables going to that side of the yard there no way I am going to be able to do that again. The size of the bundle and excess cable just to go up and over would be way too much.

So I ordered one of these Monday to put the cables going across the walkway in. I have been shopping for one for months and this seemed the best price I could find, especially with a hinged cover for the cables. Usually the ones with hinged covers ( such as the "Yellow Jackets" Chuck mentioned) are $200 to $300! I should have it here either Friday or Monday.

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If you go on ebay, Discount Ramps has quite a few of them listed, you should be able bid $81 and save $9 like I did.

http://www.discountramps.com/rubber-cable-ramps.htm

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I really like the rubber cable ramp... I also like the idea of putting the controller on the other side and doing an arch.. however with the wind we get in december... we've all read the "toppled displays in ohio" threads.. that the arch would be down in no time...

tunneling under the sidewalk would be a job id have to call someone in for im sure.. if its any indication of the crappy sidewalks in my neighborhood.. when a second cable company came in to locate their wires.. they did a LOT of sidewalk repairs because sidewalks caved, cracked, and fell apart for just a 2" pipe....

at first I thought when you talked about yellow jackets the idea was to put yellow jacket nests on either side of the sidewalk so no one would want to walk in....... heheh I guess there is a cable solution called yellow jacket?

-Christopher

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That's a great price on these! Hooking two of these together to cross the driveway will actually save me money on the cost of extension cords to go over the garage door, and around the driveway.

... well maybe not quite save money. But that's my story!

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at first I thought when you talked about yellow jackets the idea was to put yellow jacket nests on either side of the sidewalk so no one would want to walk in....... heheh I guess there is a cable solution called yellow jacket?

-Christopher

Yep. Looks close to the same but at more than double the price..

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That's a great price on these! Hooking two of these together to cross the driveway will actually save me money on the cost of extension cords to go over the garage door, and around the driveway.

... well maybe not quite save money. But that's my story!

Or is this how you are going to sell this to your wife that you want/need these?

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In my planing stages for the display..I knew I was going across the sidewalk.

It took about 4 hours to install this and it was a bit of work but it functions perfectly and is out of site.

I took a 5 foot piece of 4 inch PVC and laid it on the grass. Dug a trench about a foot down the length of the PVC. Used a hose...and a pipe to tunnel under the sidewalk then dug a hole on the opposite side of the sidewalk.

Laid the PVC pipe into the trench and using a 2x6 as a striking board I pounded the PVC through the tunnel created under the sidewalk to the opposite side.

Installed 90 degree elbows on each end of the pipe and a riser of 4 inch PVC to the grass surface.

Fill in the trench and the hole and replace the grass that was removed and it is done.

Did not take long for the "surgury" to completely disappear and it is totally unnoticable now.

In the Fall when I am setting up for Christmas I take my leaf blower and insert it into one end of the PVC tunnel and blow all the accumulated water and leaves and "stuff" out the opposide end of my tunnel. Works like a charm.

Now. my wires run UNDER the sidewalk. Again...about 4 hours work and was done.

Doug

Ditto--

I have 2 of these exact same things.

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I just got my cable ramp off the UPS truck.This thing is HEAVY! Don't have to worry about the wind blowing it around... Plenty of room for wires in the grooves.

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I just got my cable ramp off the UPS truck.This thing is HEAVY! Don't have to worry about the wind blowing it around... Plenty of room for wires in the grooves.

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It does not look like it's very wide, would probably need 2 to go across a sidewalk.

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It does not look like it's very wide, would probably need 2 to go across a sidewalk.

it is 35 1/2" wide, my walkway is 4ft. since it covers most of it I am happy..

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I'm not sure the stuff is called but it's a soft rubber track specially designed for temporary covering wires on the floor. You see it mainly in offices with cubes, or at convention shows.

I was lucky enough to know an electrician that gave me a piece. It works great. I also used some duct tape to hald it in place. Believe me, you get a good roll of duct tape, not the dollar store stuff and it does a great job of sticking to the pavement. Sometimes, I have a hard time peeling it up!

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I just got my cable ramp off the UPS truck.This thing is HEAVY! Don't have to worry about the wind blowing it around... Plenty of room for wires in the grooves.

Great to see it in action! I followed your advice and ordered from Discount Ramps. Mine should be here Friday.

I e-mailed them and told them I was looking to buy multiple ramps, and asked if they'd sell them outright for the $80.99 price, rather than waiting for all their auctions to go through. They agreed. Might be worth a shot if anyone else is looking to pick these up for this year.

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Great to see it in action! I followed your advice and ordered from Discount Ramps. Mine should be here Friday.

I e-mailed them and told them I was looking to buy multiple ramps, and asked if they'd sell them outright for the $80.99 price, rather than waiting for all their auctions to go through. They agreed. Might be worth a shot if anyone else is looking to pick these up for this year.

That is good news Steve...thanks for the heads up!

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got my ramp yesterday from discount ramps.. it is PERFECT across the sidewalk.. leaves only about an inch on each side of the sidewalk.. even rode my bicycle over it without issue.. looks to be made well too and definately PLENTY of room for the wires...!

great find

-Christopher

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I got mine Friday, and promptly set them up:

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I doubt it'll surprise anyone, but I'm not the best at reversing down the driveway, so I decided to get one extra and add a bit of protection for slight "off-roading."

We've already driven over them multiple times, they're holding up great.

William, thanks alot for this find!

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Hello I ran 8 wires across my walk, I spaced them out where they landed in the exspantion joints (1 per Joint) then i used 100mph tape over the top which makes for a very small hump. so far so good . and the tape holds good in rain and cold

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