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Winch And Pulley System

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Would really like to see some pix of the winch and pulley system. Got a 18-footer, 2" schedule 40 pipe. Just need a look-see at how to run the cables up to the head.

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Dave-how many lights are pulling up- my first year was with 48- 100 light strands and I just hooked them to the top with a massive a-frame ladder- only to watch it bend left, bend right and look like a teetering snake- If you are going anywhere above 30 strands I would strongly suggest going over to galvanized pipe for strength.

Sorry- but no pix-- It's still in the attic and right now I don't know if Christmas is a possibility- My back's out I'm waiting word on possiblly needing surgery.

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well i got a pulley system with a 24 ft tree that i just build this week end

i used 2 inch aluminum pipe .. 3/16 wall and after i was done my 24 streigh spiral the pipe is bowing so there is no way i will put more light to it ... but dont forget the all the pressure of the spiral is on that pipe and not going up and down ... so your pvc pipe will most-likely bow or bend like crazy ,,, next year i am going with 2 inch steel 1/4 wall hoping to put more light ..

cheer

now as the pulley i used small rope first which broke after i put all my light then i change to 3/16 wire ... will never broke again but the pulley on top did lol ,,,,, so i had to change to a 2 inch heavy duty pulley rated to 550 lbs compare to to ligh one a 175 lbs ,, bolt to the top with 1/4 inch bolt .. the pulley on bottom is held by 2 u bold that i can remove as i wish .. hope it help

cheer

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Thanks all. I forgot to add that its steel. Basically it commercial handrail steel that I got at the local steel yard. I doubt that it will bend.

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I'll try to dig up some pics I took last year before I put mine up. I went to 30ft last year. 44 "super strings" Each super string is 3 strings each made of 2 blue, 2red and 2 multi. Not sure how much weight but its a good bit :) I used a 21ft piece of EMT 2 1/4in then put a 10ft piece of 1 1/2 or 3/4 ( can't remember which now) metal pipe inside of that with 3 bolts holding it in place. I used a 4 to 3 in PVC reducer to attach my lights and the pulley system to. I ran 3 spt2 wires inside the pole for the star.

For the pulley system I used 3/16 brided cable. I have 2 pulleys on the top I its pulled up from 2 sides, and I used a 1500lb rated hand crank to winch it up. The only problems I have had are 1) getting the cable and the turn buckle used to connect it between the outside of the post and the inside of the 'head' and 2) even using guy wires the weigh at the top plus snow and wind and me bend in the 10ft pipe just above where its bolted into the 21ft piece of EMT.

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If you would like the power point I did on how I made my tree PM me with your email address and I will send it to anyone that wants it.

Anthony

Maybe someone can tell me how to make smaller pictures too.

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Anthony said I could upload the files to my website. Here are the Links:

Mega Tree Calculator

Mega tree calculator will help you determine string length for any height tree or mini tree. It will also help you with spacing at ground level for any number of strings at any diameter.

Mega Tree Info

Mega tree Info is how I built my mega tree. The only thing different in the file from what I do now is I DON’T use a plastic coated cable I use the regular non coated cable and U-Bolts to attach the cable to the hub. The plastic coated cable will slip when clamped. My hub supported 120 strings or about 120 lbs of lights.

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One other thing to think about. It usually is not a good idea to post your email address in a public forum. There are bots that scan web site and harvest email addresses. It is better to PM someone with your email address. I hope you have a good spam filter.

You may want to edit your posts and remove your email address.

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Hi Guys:

I'm getting error messages that say that the files above are encrypted and to view them they must be unencrypted. Is it something on my end?

Thanks,

JK

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