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Big J Illinois

3 car driveway arch

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Well , here it goes.....
eWe have profected  ,in my opinion  the 3 car driveway arch. There are 5 total arches. They are spaced just under 6 ft apart, and the shortest span is 18ft at the street side-nearest the city sidewalk and just a tad under 30 foot the nearest hoop by the garage. My height was 10ft nearest the garage and 8'6 on the bottom... the nearest the garage is 2" PVC (elecrical pipe,grey) the 1 hoop nearest the city sidewalk is 1" grey electrical pipe and the 3 in the middle are 1 1/2" electrical pipe-grey. 

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We ended up using M5 LED, wrapped in 2500 ft of garland( Home Depot brand 50ft outdoor). They held up GREAT,in the wind,snow, freezing rain!! Easy to disassemble, store ect. 

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I had 5 total...the shortest was 3 1" the nest 3 where 1 1/4" and the arch nearest the garage was a 2". There was 4 section there. Yes , we used 3/4" between arches. And anchored to to the house with 3/4". I used pins to connect the races to each other. At the end of season,pull the pins and store it.hope that helps. If you need more info, let me know

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Fascinating. My better half wants big arches next year, so I got to figure out how to make them not fall over.


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I guarantee they won't fall over, and my sons big pick up fits underneath, and our equinox has 3 ft + of room going under with out a problem. Are you going to wrap it in garland? If you do, use Home Depots , it's rated for outdoor, and a 1 yr warranty on it ad well

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I made my driveway arches with 1/2" EMT. I have straight pipe up the side and I made a jig in the yard to bent the tops all at equal angles. I use 3/4" 45 sweeps and 1/2" thin wall pvc to act as a coupling in the middle. I've hung 10,000 lights from my arches as I use to do a 9 channel leaping tunnel. As you could imagine that's a lot of zip ties and up and down with the ladder. That's why I've abandoned the tunnel but keep my arches. I think I have a video on YouTube under the crazy Christmas crew page.


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On 1/13/2017 at 9:08 AM, Big J Illinois said:

I had 5 total...the shortest was 3 1" the nest 3 where 1 1/4" and the arch nearest the garage was a 2". There was 4 section there. Yes , we used 3/4" between arches. And anchored to to the house with 3/4". I used pins to connect the races to each other. At the end of season,pull the pins and store it.hope that helps. If you need more info, let me know

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Big J, I know this is an old thread, but I am looking at doing driveway arches.  Can you explain further how you connected the 3/4" braces to the arches?

Also, my arches will not be connected to the house.  Would you recommend guy wires on either end, essentially pulling in opposite directions?

Thanks.

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