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"firework" Pole Idea

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Getting back into the groove of this decorating insanity, I just found out about doityourselfchristmas.com's forums. Theres a lot of interesting things floating around over there. One of which was the snowfall tubes. I was reading one of the threads about "Finally affordable Snowfall Tubes" and it got my gears workin' in this rusty old brain. They mention that one of the tubes they are working on has something like 56 LED's on it. What about a 4 channeled pole, ending with 'branches' bending outward, where the 56 LED's are divided amongst? These LED's could be on channel 5. Then you could light the channels in order, allowing it to look like a firework shooting up and ending in the twinkling burst of LED lights? Attached is a rough sketch done in MSPaint.

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Like the idea,but how do you plan to use the tubes?The leds are in the tube so dividing them seems to be a problem.I am looking for an idea like this also for my bellagio poles,any explanation will be appreciated.

SPaschall

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Like the idea,but how do you plan to use the tubes?The leds are in the tube so dividing them seems to be a problem.I am looking for an idea like this also for my bellagio poles,any explanation will be appreciated.

SPaschall

Bellagio poles = Firestick???

I made and used these using a "sleeve" type design for my Firesticks this year. Made them using 5 channels, and I see how they could work. Here is my vid of how I make my arches and firesticks. Very simple.

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Nice tutorial Clyde,I have my Bellagio poles/firesticks built. We are just trying to get ideas on how to create a firework effect at the top. We may just put a 3 segment exploding star on them.I looked into the actual firework toppers and I really don't want to spend 2,000 on an effect that may get used once or twice in a show.

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Ok you got me thinking... try to follow me here, what if you used 2 1/2" PVC "X" connectors connected together with a carrage bolt?

Start with a 1/2" PVC "X" connector

Add to each leg of the X a 45º elbow

lay the X connector flat on the bench then position the 45's up to the ceiling

Connect 1 pc of 2' PVC to the 45º elbow

(at this point you can wrap the PVC with lights OR use the sleeve method)

Complete all 4 legs, creating a "claw" effect reaching to the ceiling.

Make a second "claw-like" PVC X connector identical to the first.

Connect the two X's together with a carrage bolt so that they face opposite each other.

Just thinking about this, I might mount this to my firesticks by adding a T-connector drilled to the bottom of the X connector and running a 2' piece of PVC down into my existing 3/4" PVC center poll on my firestick.

And a big thank-you to YOU SPaschall, I might want to try to build one of these... LOL ;)

EDIT: Just scavanged around the house. I don't have enough 1/2" PVC to make one of these today without ventering out into the nearly 10" of snow we got over night. I do have plenty of other things to do though.

Edited by Clyde Lindsey

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Ok you got me thinking... try to follow me here, what if you used 2 1/2" PVC "X" connectors connected together with a carrage bolt?

Start with a 1/2" PVC "X" connector

Add to each leg of the X a 45º elbow

lay the X connector flat on the bench then position the 45's up to the ceiling

Connect 1 pc of 2' PVC to the 45º elbow

(at this point you can wrap the PVC with lights OR use the sleeve method)

Complete all 4 legs, creating a "claw" effect reaching to the ceiling.

Make a second "claw-like" PVC X connector identical to the first.

Connect the two X's together with a carrage bolt so that they face opposite each other.

Just thinking about this, I might mount this to my firesticks by adding a T-connector drilled to the bottom of the X connector and running a 2' piece of PVC down into my existing 3/4" PVC center poll on my firestick.

And a big thank-you to YOU SPaschall, I might want to try to build one of these... LOL ;)

EDIT: Just scavanged around the house. I don't have enough 1/2" PVC to make one of these today without ventering out into the nearly 10" of snow we got over night. I do have plenty of other things to do though.

That might work, Right now my poles are 10ft. tall and made with 2" pvc. I put a 2ft piece in the ground with a clean out cap so when I get ready to install them, all I have to do is take off the clean out cap and screw the pole into the sleeve. Works like a charm!

thanks for the idea.

SPaschall

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Now Clyde's Sleeve Idea is great - i am in the process of making mega sleeves ( REd GReen Blue White) on each sleeve - that way they can be used anywhere on arch's on poles and firework launcher poles now - There is a PVC structure that looks like a Land mine i saw it on PC forums with a link to where you can buy them i think if you use one of those with light sleeves it would gfive all kinds of possibilities - now if only i could find that link becouse i want to order two and make firework balls

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They make 5 & 6 way PVC connectors. If you stacked three 6 way connectors,then you could have the bottom angles down. top angles up, center is horizontal and one straight up.

Never thought to look at that! But did look up the price of a 6-way connector. The cost of one = $7.75. Cost of three 4-way connectors at Lowes is like $6.00. Definitly easier to use the 6-way but cost wies is expensive. The Porcupine PVC BALL from my last post may be the most cost effective choice. $16.66 each with a max of 26 "explosive" channels. If I were to do something like this. I might spend the $$$ on the Porcupine. It looks like the best value to me. But my original plans still stand. I probably could make a center "hub" that would work "good" for under $10 each?

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Might I suggest RGB Vertical Tubes? I say this not because we offer them (though we do) but simply because they would offer a lot of versatility as both Firesticks/Bellagio Poles and as fireworks!

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I've been working on a firework display and these snowfall tubes may be my answer. I purchased a large dog's undestuctible ball (amazon.com) for my base on top of my 1 1/4 inch pvc. You can drill holes in this ball and put in your tubes or PVC pipe go out in multiple directions. I have diagrams but for the life ofme, I don't know how to attach them a post.

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Sorry I never replied to this topic :(.

Oddly enough, since the time of my first reply, we have actually begun looking into selling dual-sided RGB vertical tubes :).

Let me know if you are interested in hearing more! This is part of a multi-product release we are in the processes of releasing in phases from now through summer :).

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I built firework lights out of coroplast and minis. They turned out really nice and use only 4 channels each. I originally had them mounted on the roof, but due to high winds in our area I had to bring them down and use them on our front porch. Sort of defeats the purpose of them being fireworks, but still... I'm going to re-build them this year using chicken wire so the wind goes right through, unlike the solid coroplast. Let me know if you guys are interested in photos, instructions, etc.

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