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Seeing as how every year around mid December our winds pick up here in south GA, I rebuilt my 1" PVC Arch with 2" SCH 40 Plumbing PVC.  Much stronger now.  Almost done with them, just a few more things to add and some adjustments to go, like adding more lights nad garland to the uprights to fill them in more, etc.

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My structure for my driveway arch is similar in structure, but only one arch instead of the second.  Do you find the second arch adds stability?  I, too, use 2" PVC.

 

Torqumada

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Was your 1" version pretty stable? I was wanting to put up at least one arch but was unsure of the stability of it.

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i have found that the 2" grey pvc conduit works much better in the wind and no need to glue or secure the joints in any way. we have high winds and cold temps here in ky and i put mine over a 2 lane street 17 ft high in the center. I'll try to post a pick in the morning when i get home from work.

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Out in front of my display would it be ok to put an arch over the street? I realize it would have to be tall enough for all vehicles, but would something like this be ok to do? Has anyone ever tried it?

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Yea that is what i was thinking, it would be cool, but i'm not sure how the city would react, its easier on something like this to ask for forgiveness rather than permision. But it would have to be be pretty tall. I'm thinking somewhere around at least 25' tall to accomadate for all vehicles. I want to put arches in my display somewhere, even over the street. Now i'm thinking about building church arches.

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as you can see from my pics I do it every year with no problems. 17ft tall in the middle and garbage truck has plenty of room. not sure if a fire truck would clear but hey if there is fire I don't think I would care if they got torn down or broken. my saving grace is that it is a dead end. 

 they are made from 5pc's of 11/2" pvc conduit.

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The Arches look really nice and impressive......but I have to ask..... arn't you concerned about a liability issue. Kids settiing hurt on the guy wires or playing with the bulbs and getting shocked, a car accidently hitting it and causing damage etc.? Guess I could go on and on,

I'm not criticising just askin??

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no I been doing this for about 8 years now with no issues and my home insurance company assured me that I was covered. I use the mini bulbs so not much risk there and their are only 2 guide wires/ ropes on the first arch that anyone could even think about tripping on, and it would be no different than if they tripped on one from my inflatables.

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Thanks for the Reply............I was thinking of doing something similar, BUT I guess it's just the pesimistic side of me :wacko: thinking something could go wrong and i would be on the 6:00 news  (LOL).

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Materials list:  (4) 90* Drain T's, (4) 45* Elbows, (4) 22.5* Elbows, (2) 45* Elbows, (4) 10' Sections for uprights and cross bars, (2) 5' Sections to cut all angle pieces and connectors.

 

I just dug 18" holes on each side, placed a (3") 18" piece of pipe in ground, then added a rubber surround to base of each pole where it rests at top of the 18" inserts to tighten up the gap.  Very snug, but also put one guy wire on left upright and tied off at fence to prevent too much sway.  Had 30(+) mph wind gusts last night and it hardly moved. 

 

Hope you can use this and follow it pretty easily. 

 

 

 

Steve

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Just realized your arch isn't square.  One side is higher than the other.   :P   Still, it looks good.  I don't bury mine.  I have 80 pounds of concrete in the legs helping to hold it down.

 

Torqumada

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Actually very square, as for the yard, ummm no! lol! Everything that appears flat is not; not a level spot anywhere. Actually don't notice it in person, only in pic.....strange. Glad you guys like it anyway.

Steve

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