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I am planning to add a single static arch at the end of my driveway for next year but can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. I'd like to use arch sleeves and alternate either red/white for a candy cane look, or possibly red/green. I have a pole on my front porch that I wrap by hand this way that looks great but hope to avoid rewrapping this arch every year. Does anyone use arch sleeves for their static arches? If so, can you give me some details or lessons learned? I'm a little worried that the gap between each sleeve will be noticeable when viewing from the road since it will be static instead of a leaping arch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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You could skip the sleeves just go back and forth with the light string the length you need and zip tie the cord and then zip tie it whatever you use for your arch.Then if any go bad jut cut the zip ties and replace it.

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I've read about the method you mentioned Brutale but prefer to have a complete wrap so the lights are cohesive from the back as well.

Thanks Mcas, that is good to know. Because of the look I want, I think it will have a lot more lights than the usual static arch but you can't have too many lights...RIGHT?!?. It may be a little of trial and error the first year so if it looks too bad I can always change it up.

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you will be fine I'm sure of it. i had the same concerns as you till i tried it. the wraps don't even need to be neat loser is a little better other wise you end up with rows of lights.

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How long are your segments? I'm using 100 count strands and estimated that they would be about 18" sleeves. I was just going to wrap the first one to my liking and then use that length.

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worst case if you do the sleeves and don't like the gaps you could always cover the gaps with short strings of lights, which you would remove each year before disassembling your arch

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I use sleeves on my arches without a problem, now with the fact that instead of using say all white your alternating colors, this will minimize the chances of gaps being noticable Even more because of the color change

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How long are your segments? I'm using 100 count strands and estimated that they would be about 18" sleeves. I was just going to wrap the first one to my liking and then use that length.

Mine are about 18" 7 section

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i use sleeves on my arches,

each sleeve is made out of 1 1/4" drain hose thats used for sump pumps, and are about 18" inches long and i wrap with a 100 count string of lights.  i use 6 sleeves on a 10 foot peace of 3/4 pvc. and being the sleeve is flexible it leaves no gaps to see.

 

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