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mcorbo,

Answers to your questions:

1. The lighted length for the design I put together is 11' 6" from top to outer ring. I used Lowe's 70 count strings with that length.

2. Yes, a collar is the same thing as a coupling.

Glen

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Glen,

How do you mount the lights on your design? Do you have a ladder tall enough to pull this off or do you lay the tree on it's side and hook (ziptie?) the female end to the top? Building the tree is one thing I've found but getting the light strings on it is a whole new ball game. Thanks for the advice in advance!

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Glen,

How do you mount the lights on your design? Do you have a ladder tall enough to pull this off or do you lay the tree on it's side and hook (ziptie?) the female end to the top? Building the tree is one thing I've found but getting the light strings on it is a whole new ball game. Thanks for the advice in advance!

I have a loop (pun intended) created with a zip tie on the end of the string on the female end that I hang on the top of the center pole using a 6' step ladder right next to the center pole and then use reusable rubber ties (I found at Target) to attach it to the bottom. The 6' ladder is just enough to get to the top of the pole.

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Thanks Glen

My Tree is done, just need to get the lights. I plan on 1 color (well maybe 2) this year, 8 channels

mcorbo,

Answers to your questions:

1. The lighted length for the design I put together is 11' 6" from top to outer ring. I used Lowe's 70 count strings with that length.

2. Yes, a collar is the same thing as a coupling.

Glen

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Thanks Glen

My Tree is done, just need to get the lights. I plan on 1 color (well maybe 2) this year, 8 channels

So far, mine's only been one color, I may go to 2 or 3 this year. I'm waiting on lights to show up in the stores down here. Any problems with the design?

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So far, mine's only been one color, I may go to 2 or 3 this year. I'm waiting on lights to show up in the stores down here. Any problems with the design?

Getting the bottom and mid parts to mate after they were each put together separately was hard as they were not completely straight to start with and did not align properly, but a sledgehammer helped with that. After that I learned to make any connections line up properly before gluing.

Everything else went great. Still have to take it outside and assemble it to see how it looks, only have 7 foot ceilings in the basement.

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OK, I need some geometry help. I'm using 100 ct. incadescent mini light strands from Lowe's. String length is approximately 47' 6" long. I want the lights to go from the top of the center pole, down to the base and then back to the base of the pole, then up two feet to where my controller will be mounted. This will keep all plugs off the ground to avoid GFCI trippage, etc. Based upon this design and the same based structure, how tall does my center pole need to be? Thanks in advance!

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OK, I need some geometry help. I'm using 100 ct. incadescent mini light strands from Lowe's. String length is approximately 47' 6" long. I want the lights to go from the top of the center pole, down to the base and then back to the base of the pole, then up two feet to where my controller will be mounted. This will keep all plugs off the ground to avoid GFCI trippage, etc. Based upon this design and the same based structure, how tall does my center pole need to be? Thanks in advance!

Yeah, so I measured the wrong set of lights. My mini light strands that I'll be using for the mega tree are 25.25' ft. long. Need the center pole height with the same info provided. Thanks!

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If I understood everything correctly your center pole should be 20' with a 11' diameter

Yeah, so I measured the wrong set of lights. My mini light strands that I'll be using for the mega tree are 25.25' ft. long. Need the center pole height with the same info provided. Thanks!

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I am trying to use the same design as the tree built in this thread but now that I think of it, I'm not sure if the radius/diameter was ever mentioned in this thread.

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I am trying to use the same design as the tree built in this thread but now that I think of it, I'm not sure if the radius/diameter was ever mentioned in this thread.

The tree as shown in the instructions uses two 10' PVC sections for the bottom ring, which equates to a 6'4" diameter for the tree with a height of about 10'6" (I haven't taken exact measures). The lights I used are 70 count with a lighted length of 11'6" (single strand from top to bottom).

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I had some walmart 100 ct minis that I just used to test my tree (same dimensions as the plans provided). Thy fit nice, up and back down. I think each strand is about 25'. Had one strand per channel, looks like I willbe getting another 16 sets to make it 3 strands per channel.

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I had some walmart 100 ct minis that I just used to test my tree (same dimensions as the plans provided). Thy fit nice, up and back down. I think each strand is about 25'. Had one strand per channel, looks like I willbe getting another 16 sets to make it 3 strands per channel.

Are you stringing the lights only down to the perimeter or around the perimeter and back to the center pole? I like the look of having the lights go from top to perimeter and then back to base so I have an reverse L shaped strand running around the tree.

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Are you stringing the lights only down to the perimeter or around the perimeter and back to the center pole? I like the look of having the lights go from top to perimeter and then back to base so I have an reverse L shaped strand running around the tree.

Tie them to the hoop, run them up, back down, then to the center pole, where I am keeping the controller, eliminates the need for any extension cords

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Let me know how you are going to do it. I have a couple of designs in mind myself with fence posts however with my design I am thinking I may need a steel pole due to the amount of weight(lights/pvc/rope/wind/snow). I am thinking of putting multiple pulleys at the top so I was hoping to avoid wires at all possible... Just remember.. Only 95 days until Christmas!

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I can't believe there are 70 comments on this. It's not that complicated. I did a 14' tall mega last year out of 1-1/2" PVC pipe dropped over the top of a steel T post I drove into the front lawn. Made a loop out of PEX tubing for the bottom. It's not rocket science, it's not new, and doesn't need to be designed. There are probably 100 different ways to do it. Just figure out what works the best for you and how much you want to spend.

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I can't believe there are 70 comments on this. It's not that complicated. I did a 14' tall mega last year out of 1-1/2" PVC pipe dropped over the top of a steel T post I drove into the front lawn. Made a loop out of PEX tubing for the bottom. It's not rocket science, it's not new, and doesn't need to be designed. There are probably 100 different ways to do it. Just figure out what works the best for you and how much you want to spend.

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You are absolutely right - its not rocket science. But have you seen how some the the folks on here engineer their stuff?!! You are also right - 100 ways to build it. Why should I re-invent the wheel?

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I use dj tripods b/c i had them and extra parts from other things like pipe clamps,extension pipe etc. I agree also not rocket science. I think we all complicate things once in awhile though...I have a bud that always tells me DUDE!!! USE THE K.I.S.S METHOD! (Keep it simple stupid) :) I can over complicate anything! LOL

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