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joefish72

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I know for a lot of you this would represent a days work but for me it takes about a week since I do it all by myself and I have no plan, I just wing it.

This is my blank canvas:

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I also use the empty lot next door as an outdoor movie theater:

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This shows most of the stuff already set up:

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Next year I plan to go much bigger and get myself organized, but so far I think I have a good start. If anyone has any comments or ideas for improvement feel free to let me know.

I would like to build some kind of arch over the road for next year. Thinking of doing a scaffold type structure with a bridge over the road like the signs on the interstate are hung on. Anyone think it can be done in PVC?

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Lo0o0ks great. :D

I would hesitate putting anything over the road for fear of someone getting hurt. Seems like a potentially huge liability.

Thanks for sharing.

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It can be done with PVC, has to be a minimum of 13 feet off the roadway, and really opens yourself to a lot of liability.

If someone hits the side support because they're not paying attention to their driving due to looking at your display, and the thing falls and even just scares someone, you would probably be liable for some substantial damages in court. If someone does get injured, be prepared to lose your house and your income for the rest of your life.

That said, I remember seeing on one of the forums where someone had set up wire frame snowmen, one on each side of the street, having a snowball fight (animated). He had strung a cable across the street (not as substantial as a PVC framework bridge) and I think he tied off to trees on the side of the road. He used a curtain-draw type of arrangement to hang strings of lights balled up into "snowballs" at varying heights hanging from that cable, the height for each based on where the snowball would be in a thrown arc.

Even that would run a liability risk, since it's across a public street and not on private property.

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Looks good, I have the same sled and reindeer flying over my driveway, if you want the rudoph on front I just wired in a regular light bulb socket and screwed it to the nose and put in the brightest red bulb I could find, I would stay away from runnin somethin over road if it was me, I would put it at front of driveway

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