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NEED HELP for my Canopy of lights

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hello! I am thinking I got myself into something too big for myself. I am setting up my pole for my canopy for lights to go over my yard. I have a pic of how I am doing it. I thought I could just drill a holes into the pvc at the top and zip tie the lights up to the pole. Well I cannot get the drill to drill the holes into the pvc. Maybe I am not pushing hard enough but I am guessing the pvc its harder then I am used to dealing with. I had planned on wrapping the pvc with red lights to give the effect of a candy cane too. Maybe there is something I can makeshift to go on top that will stay and has holes in it.

I know that I have to anchor this down and was hoping to drill holes into the sides and place round hooks so I can rope it down.

Can someone please help!! I wanted to put up the canopy before I started to put up my display so that it wasn't something that would be harder to do later.

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Your drill bit must be horribly dull. I drill thru lots of pvc with no problems. Any good drill bit should work but if you want to get some new ones try the gold colored pilot tip set made by dewalt and sold at lowes and home depot. Those bits fly thru it. Hope this helps.

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I would say the bit is dull, or your running the drill in reverse. A sharp bit will cut through PVC like butter.

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