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Cascading Snowflakes Ideas

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So was looking to make a cascading snowflake setup (or stars) to come down from my roof to ground level on side of house to incorporate into my sequencing. Looking to kind of do something similiar that Holdman had on his house.

 

Anyone ever build something like this and how did you accomplish it. ?

 

Kind of looking to do something similiar to the attached graphic

 

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I have never seen this done in person, but I would thing using some PVC piping you could accomplish it. Attach the top to the side of you house run a piece of PVC maybe 3-4 ft depending on the size of your snowflakes. Add maybe 4 -5 tees for PVC drops. These will extend straight down to the ground. You can now just zip tie, or the like, your snowflakes onto the drops. You can postion them anywhere on the drops to achieve your curve.

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Okay, take my suggestions for what they're worth (I have never done this before).  However, I've contemplated this, nearly as you have it drawn.  I personally wouldn't use PVC.  I think it ends up flexing too much and therefore not being stable enough.  My thought is simply to take a 2x6 or 2x8 of sufficient length (height) and simply attach (screw/nail/builder's choice) 1x2s of varying lengths horizontally to provide a place to mount the stars or snowflakes.  As long as the top is anchored as you show to the house and the bottom is staked in to the ground so it doesn't move, I would think that would work fine.  Simply paint the wood black to make it more invisible and you're done. 

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I also did this using 14 LED snowflakes.  I used 2 x 4s.  I put 2 10' lengths end to end to give me ~ 20' high.  Then I put rungs off the side at varying lengths so make the large, lazy "S" shape.  Worked great.  I don't have a good drawing program, but the drawing in this word file shows how I did it.

 

 

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You can also go to Richard Holdmans behind the scenes video and he shows you how he deals with his and the winds, etc.  Hancock Christmas Lights has taken many ideas from Richard it appears.

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1" SCH 40 PVC works fine, attached to rebar spikes in ground.  Covered mine with a plastic wire mesh and ziptied the flakes to it.

 

 

Steve

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Not sure 20' PVC would be strong enough.  What if you used 2- 20' pieces of rebar?  And wire-tie rungs.

Or use rebar and cover slip PVC over the top?

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I used 3/4 pvc and built two 8' sections over the Summer, painted them black. They are much too warped to be put up this year. I'm thinking of using angle iron like a big erector set.

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I used plastic hardware cloth (like a plastic version of chicken wire), attached the snowflakes using cable ties and hung it from a hook. Simple. It's not anchored at the bottom and I don't think I'll need to but if it starts blowing around I have several options for anchoring it.

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Wow!  Where did you get those?  Looks great! ( Any videos?)  Mine is a little short and sloppy.  Will be making it again next year, but am looking for a little smaller snowflakes so I can go with 12.

 

 

 

Steve

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Mine are 20" incandescent folding shimmering snowflakes. I cant remember where I ordered them but I will start replacing the with the led ones. Christmaslightsetc.com has them.

 

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This is last year.

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