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20 Ft. Leaping Arches

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today, I put my first arch together temporarly. I used 1" sch 40 pvc in 10 ft. sections and put them together with a male and female adapter; my question is has anyone had any problems with the pressure breaking the joints / so far so good. Do you recommend placing a small pipe like Lauderdale Christmas did in his video or do you think they will work with the adapters only.

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today, I put my first arch together temporarly. I used 1" sch 40 pvc in 10 ft. sections and put them together with a male and female adapter; my question is has anyone had any problems with the pressure breaking the joints / so far so good. Do you recommend placing a small pipe like Lauderdale Christmas did in his video or do you think they will work with the adapters only.

I'd recommend using 20ft sections (usually they can be found in the big box stores near the 10ft sections) of gray PVC with extra long belled ends formed into the pipe.

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The belled ends are less likely to break and using 20ft sections means you'll have 50% fewer joints. If you are wondering about durability - build one and then stress it to the point you'd expect it to break and see what happens.

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I'd recommend using 20ft sections (usually they can be found in the big box stores near the 10ft sections) of gray PVC with extra long belled ends formed into the pipe.

3949609_2195917_290.jpg

The belled ends are less likely to break and using 20ft sections means you'll have 50% fewer joints. If you are wondering about durability - build one and then stress it to the point you'd expect it to break and see what happens.

is this 1" thickness you are talking about?

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is this 1" thickness you are talking about?

No, that was just a representative photo to show what a built-in belled PVC pipe looked like.

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No, that was just a representative photo to show what a built-in belled PVC pipe looked like.

I have to go to lowes tomorrow, so i will take a look. I have several new plans for 2011 show and thought i could get a good head start, but it looks like my plate is starting to overload in march already. lots to be thankful for, but i have a hard time saying no to people in need. thanks for your help.

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I have never seen 1" electrical conduit in 20' sections and at Lowes? I guess you learn something new everyday?!?!?!

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