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Pixel tree options and opinions needed

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I am contemplating adding a pixel tree to my display this year. I have a 15' spiral tree but I want to take it to the next level.  I will probably get the 16 strand "CCR"clone pixel tree from holiday coro plus the 36" 6 channel star. 

I need to get a better idea on how this is going to go together. I have seen people zap strap the ribbons to HC's pixel mounting strips, Ive seen people use EMT conduit and PVC conduit. I've seen people use HC's pixel mounting topper and Base and i've seen people use plywood and 2x4's. 

I'm looking for opinions and experience on the pros and cons of the various methods. Pictures would be great. 

I live in the Pacific north west so although we dont usually get huge windstorms it has been known to get windy at times. It does get wet, however. 

Thanks
Lance

 

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I used 1" (I think) aluminum square tubing for our 16 strand tree. It wasn't cheap, but it's permanent. Zip tied the ribbons to the aluminum and have not removed them in two years. You definitely need to think about storage if you go that route, as some of the tubes are in the 17' long range. When put together, it's heavy. Leaned it up against a palm tree the last two years...considering a mega tree style pole this year.

 

There is a plan on the LOR forums that I copied, but cannot find the link at this moment.

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