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Hey all, this is my first time posting here. My girlfriend and I just bought our first house and I can't wait to decorate it! I wanna outline my yard with mini arches, my plan was to use 10' sections of PVC with the ends space about 8' apart to give me a roughly 2' of height. My question is roughly how many strands of light does it take to cover a 10' section of PVC? I'd love to use LED's but it just isn't in the budget this year so with a baby on the way so mini's it is!

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Hey all, this is my first time posting here. My girlfriend and I just bought our first house and I can't wait to decorate it! I wanna outline my yard with mini arches, my plan was to use 10' sections of PVC with the ends space about 8' apart to give me a roughly 2' of height. My question is roughly how many strands of light does it take to cover a 10' section of PVC? I'd love to use LED's but it just isn't in the budget this year so with a baby on the way so mini's it is!

Assuming your using 3/4 PVC and 100ct mini strings and how tight you wrap the lights you should be looking at 5-6 sets for each length. BTW: Welcome to PC this is a GREAT Christmas place a lotta smart guys here (not including me of course}

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Welcome to Planet Christmas forum.

i dont' know the answer to your question. the best way to figure it out is to wrap one, and then you will know how many you need.

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Welcome to PC!

I'm making arches for the first time this year. I'm using 10' PVC and will have 7 sections per arch, each with 100 ct minis. I've decided that an odd number of sections per arch is the way to go, but not everyone here would agree. They'd rather BRegal with an even number. The length of minis varies a lot between brands. There is a lot of good info to help you in the DIY Arch section of the forums.

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I made mine from 3/4pvc using 100ct mini's doubled up. I have 8 sections right at 1 foot for each section. Just experiment with all the ideas you get until you find one that works for you. Oh by the way Welcome to PC.

SPaschall

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THIS is why I need to get to a MINI before 2011 display. I have ideas like this that I want to do next year, and I have NO idea how to do any of it. I need to SEE how these things are done!!

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Congrats on the house purchase, Eng! Its something to be proud of.

Using walmart mini's on a 10' piece 3/4" PVC you can get 7 sections with just about 4" of exposed pipe left over if you wrap the lights snugly. It also helps to paint the pipe with black or green Krylon Fusion so the white pipe won't show through when its bent. Here is what a 7-segment looks like in operation: th_MusicboxDancer09.jpg

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Hi all

I just finished wrapping my 3 arches I used 13' of grey 3/4 pvc 6" on each side for weather clearence which left a 12' lighted arch and 6 channels at 2' each. The 100 ct minis covered 1' so i used 2 strings per channel. so a 100 ct minis on 3/4 pvc covers 1 foot . hope this helps.

Don in kenner,la

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For many years I have used arches to outline our yard. I use 1/2 PVC and wrap them with only 1 string of 100 count lights. I also place them at 8 ft wide.

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For many years I have used arches to outline our yard. I use 1/2 PVC and wrap them with only 1 string of 100 count lights. I also place them at 8 ft wide.

Your arches look good, but they don't look like 1 string of lights per arch. Don't the arches have more than one color?

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