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Mega Tree Base

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Anyone have any plans for a mega tree base? (ring to hold light strands)

 

Right now I am using the gray electrical pvc conduit with cup hooks screwed in every couple of inches or so.
 

I am looking to get it off the ground a few inches.   Thought of making 2 rings of pvc with each piece of each ring connected by a "T" then have a small 6" or so vertical leg coming off the "T" to the lower ring.... that way no cup hooks and I can just wrap the excess lights around the PVC.   I saw one online where you can buy the kit but didnt like its design because it is way too high off of the ground (see pic below)

 

I thought this would also work out better for me because the ground where my mega tree is grades down so i can make the vertical pieces in the front of the base a little higher to make the stand more even.

 

Dont need anything to hold the pole just something simple for the lights.  My pole is (2) 10' sections of steel pipe going into a concrete flag pole base in the ground.

 

Cant remember my exact diameter I am using now as I am at work and all my stuff is home but I am pretty sure i am getting an approx 5' radius right now (10' diameter) for my current ring base. Guess i was just mainly looking for input on sizes of each section of pipe, how many vertical supports to use, best pvc size etc

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

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This is how I did my base.  Worked out pretty good.  Its up about 16" or so.  I cut a piece of plywood for the middle support and used clamps to hold the sections in place.  I then used colored tape for the light strings.  There is 3 colors, 30 each, 10 segments for 90 strings on this one.  Wrapped around the base once and tie wrapped them in place.  The extra goes to the center and just tie wrapped and gathered.  It was sloppy to look at in the day time, but awesome at night.

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Dave

 

Exactly what I am looking to do but planned on doing  2 rings and not the arms going in to the center of the pole. Question...... looks like you have 8 sections of the gray conduit going in to T's  What is the length of each of them and what sort of diameter did it give you?   I am looking to do a 10' diameter (half the height of my pole) so my plan is to have (4) 8' sections of the gray conduit based on my calculations that should give me approx a 10' diameter.   My question is..... if I cut the gray pvc to 8' sections how well is it going to bend.   Right now my current hoop uses (4) 10' sections and it bends nicely but the radius is about 75" a little wider than I would like. Here is a drawing of what I plan to do

 

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Finished up the new mega tree hoop this morning..... ended up using (8) 4'6" sections of the gray 3/4" pvc for top and 8 for bottom connected with 3'4" T's and 1' vertical pieces of which I will shorten some to make up for the grade on my ground to have the hoop level.

 

Ended up not gluing any of the T's and it held together nicely and bent easily.   Plus experience from past (especially when making a tighter circle the white PVC T's are what will fail first (had them snap on me) so if that happens by not gluing them in place I can easily just insert a new "T" without having to cut more gray PVC.

 

The (8) 4'6" pieces ended up giving me a hoop diameter of just under 12'.  I know I was trying to stay close to 10' (half the height of my pole) but based on calculations...... 20' pole (actually 19' because 1' of it is underground) with a 12' diameter will require strands of lights to be just under 20' and my mega tree light strands are 23' so I will just wrap the excess around the pvc ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Captainron - Sorry been AFK.  I have three sections of grey 1/2" pvc.  I cheated a bit and drilled out some 3/4" white pvc T's with a hole saw. n The slip on the grey real nice.  My down riggers are what support the ring.  I slipped them over 1/2" rebar....

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