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One Piece Arch Versus Segmented Arch

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I plan on making two leaping arches this year. I was debating on whether to just use one solid piece of Pvc or to use 8 segments and slide them over a solid pipe.

How many of you have made arches and which type of arch do you prefer?

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My arches are a compromise between the 2 approaches. I have 28 ft long arches so I made them out of 4 sections of 1 and 1/4 inch grey electrical PVC. Each section has 2 lighting channels in it. When I do repairs I can still only work on that once section. It is much easier to store a 7 ft section.

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My arches were 9 segments the first year and 8 the second. If I had to do it over again, I would do the sleeve design for easier changing and adding of lights. My arches also broke at the coupler and had I done the sleeves, the fixing would have been so simple.

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