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Cross Question From A Newbie

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Hi ya'll!  Been lurking on PC for awhile but this is my first post.  My husband and I are somewhat newbies to all of this. We've been growing our display the last 4 years and are up to about 5k lights on our static display.  Last year we won our little city competition in the Evergreen category (all LED's) and are looking to make the switch to the "Reason for the Season" category with our faith based display.  Which leads me to my question....

 

I've been researching everyone's displays and checking out crosses.  We're wanting to put one in our front yard.  Right now I'm torn between doing a wood one out of 2x4's wrapped in lights or one out of PVC.  My problem is how to secure it into the ground.  We're in CA so the only weather element we have to worry about is wind.  What would you advise?  

 

Thanks for your help!

 

 

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Hi "Sunshine" and welcome to PC. We built our cross out of wrapped PVC, and for double duty it's also the central pole for our mega-tree. For mounting, we place the pole over a small stake in the ground (so it doesn't shift), then we use guy wires to secure the top portion of the pole from tipping over. We used to use one of the green fence posts (http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-5-ft-Heavy-Duty-Steel-Green-Painted-T-Post-901174HD/204331914) without the upper guy wires, but it got to be too much to lift over the pole when we added the mega tree top and lights.

 

Hope this helps.

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Thanks Obewan! After much searching at Home Depot today we actually found the same stakes you posted the link for. I decided to go with wood and will screw it into the post. We'll see how it goes!

Thank you so much for the response! :)

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We are doing an 8' cross, using 4X4 posts.  To secure it, we are using a Post stake, which goes several feet into the ground with a square opening to set the post into.  Then 4 guy wires to secure down.  White LED's outlining the cross.  

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2x4's make a great cross. If its pressure treated you don't have to worry too much about it rotting. then you can use a post hole digger and put it in the ground. The main focus would

be light placement on the cross. My neighbor down the street has his up all year long.

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