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Our hybrid Spiral-Mega

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This is our new hybrid spiral-mega tree. It uses 41 channels. 20 for Green, 20 for White, and 1 for the star.

this is serious business, very professionally done, good job

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Very, Very nice.........Did you wrap the spiral llights on the outside ( on top} of your mega tree lights? also how many channels do you usn on the tree

GREAT JOB

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Thank you for all the kind words!

As for the details, the tree is 15' without the star, and has a 7' base. It uses 41 channels total. 20 for the Green (mega tree), 20 for the White (spirals), and 1 for the Star.

It is basicly a standard mega-tree made of the green lights, with the white spirals wrapped around the outside. I wanted to make sure the tree held its shape after the spirals were on, so every leg of the mega tree is actually a strand of green lights attached to a 3/16 cable. Since the green strands were longer than I needed, they actually run from the top, down to the stake, then back over to the center pole. The spirals wrap 1.5 times around the tree.

I have had several people ask for details, so I plan on putting together some sort of "how to" for it.

The best part of it all, is that it has been a blast for my son and I to work on. I knew it was a hit when he looked at me as said "Dad, that is the most awesome thing ever!!".

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The best part of it all, is that it has been a blast for my son and I to work on. I knew it was a hit when he looked at me as said "Dad, that is the most awesome thing ever!!".

Priceless!

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The best part of it all, is that it has been a blast for my son and I to work on. I knew it was a hit when he looked at me as said "Dad, that is the most awesome thing ever!!".

Well you can tell your son he is Totally Correct!!!

That tree is awesome.You make it sound so simple.

Last year I did my 1st mega tree {static} & my granddaughter had a blast helping Maw Maw get it lit for all to see.This year we will be using LOR but as of now its not up & running yet.

I also love the way you did your house lines.

How many strands of lights per color are you using? Doing a how to would be great.

BTW welcome to PC & looking forward to what you have to offer!

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Thank you for all the kind words!

I have had several people ask for details, so I plan on putting together some sort of "how to" for it.

The best part of it all, is that it has been a blast for my son and I to work on. I knew it was a hit when he looked at me as said "Dad, that is the most awesome thing ever!!".

WOW!!!

Great job.....looking forward to seeing the details of construction. Any chance of posting some day time photos in the interim ???

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That is amazing, the tree is awesome, and the sequencing is spot on, Great job!

Count me in as another one looking forward to the tutorial!

Just have to sell my kidney to buy more channels :)

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Here are a few pics of the tree during the day.

The rebar spikes are 24 inches long.

Photo 6 shows the support cable. The wire-tie just above my hand is to keep the spiral string in place.

In photo 8, I tried to get a shot of the connection to the rebar. It is a piece of PVC attached to the rebar with a hose clamp. Then the eyebolt at the end of the support wire can be attached through the pvc. This lets me put a good bit of tension on the cable.

I included some other pics that I thought might me of interest. Just let me know if there are any questions.

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Wow is all I can say. It looks so perfect! I already added that to my "To Do" list for 2011. I have no other words to say how great it looks! Again, great job! I'm looking forward to the How To.

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I didn't realize this before. This is a complete mini light setup. The last one I seen I thought used rope light on the spiral.

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How far up the tree do zip tie the spiral string ?? Do you work from inside the tree ?? If so, looks like you need to plan for which verticle strings to leave lose in order to get out from the interior

Very nice alternative to using a turnbuckle and less expensive too!!

Very nice sleeve over you power cables

Looks like your connection head gets a little crowded with the additional spiral strings

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Very nice job, the tree looks awesome. I did my first mega this year, 20', now i wish i would have thought of doing it that way. maybe next year!

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One of the best spirals I've seen, and particuarly impressive with it being seemlessly incorporated into a mega tree.

How many turns around the tree is each spiral?

Edited by TwoBits

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