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About sarge74

  • Birthday 06/29/1959

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    terre haute, indiana
  • Biography
    I'm a christmas deco-nut looking to expand my display
  • Interests
    family, gardening, and woodworking
  • Occupation
    police officer
  • About my display
    right now my display is pretty much static, but looking to computerize soon.

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  1. Bending the grey 2" grey PVC isn't too bad as long as you have two good size fellows to do it. Taking them down is a little more difficult because if you let the tension off to fast they bend the opposite direction, slapping the concrete driveway and breaking all of the lights. The first year I had the arches my wife (4' 8" and 90 lbs.) volunteered to help take them down. I told her she wasn't strong enough, but she let her little person complex get the best of her. On the first arch I pulled my end off of the T-post and held the tension on it. My wife struuggled but finally got her end off, releasing all of the tension at once in her direction. She was launched about 6' into the air and flew a distance of about 15'. Thankfully the ground was soft and she wasn't injured, except her pride. needless to say all I was in the dog house for weeks because I couldn't quit laughing long enough to ask her if she was okay. Sarge74
  2. I use the grey 2" conduit PVC, it is much more flexible than the regular PVC. I span about 26' and use 6' T-posts driven 2' into the ground, which makes them nice and sturdy. I don't use guy wires and my arches have withstood 60 mph winds without any problems. One hint when using T-posts, using a grinder round of the corners at the top of the post to keep it from digging into the PVC when you are sliding the arches onto the posts. Sarge74
  3. How many years of use have you gotten out of your PVC arches before the become to brittle and begin breaking on you? Sarge74
  4. I use 2" grey conduit pvc spanning about 26' with 6' t-posts to slip the ends over. No nguy wires and they have withstood 60 mph winds without any problems. One hint on the t-posts, use a grinder to round off the corners on top off the posts, it makes a world of difference when sliding the poles onto the posts. Sarge74
  5. I built 7 driveway arches last year spanning about 24'. I used the 1 1/2 inch grey plastic conduit pipe. I used 6' heavy duty T-posts driven about 2 1/2 feet into the ground and slightly angled towards the driveway to put the posts over. I did not use any guy wires. Now, I live out in the country with not a lot of windbreak around my house. While the arch's were up we had steady 60 mph winds for a straight 24 hours. The wind had the tops of the arch's dancing pretty good, but none fell or were damaged. Sarge74
  6. That is what I thought ,but I figured I would ask. I first called the junkyard and asked about price and was told $10.00 each, after I got there and told them what I was using the motors for they knocked the price down to $5.00 each. :giggle: Sarge74
  7. I went to the local junk yard today and picked up 4 wiper motors to get me started on a couple of christmas projects. All 4 motors have wiring harnesses with four wires each, all of various colors depending on which motor you look at. Is there an industry standard on which two wires or spades is the positive and negetive? Thanks Sarge74
  8. Thanks for the advice...You are absolutely right. I should have given it more thought I have worked with plywood enough to know that the edges are always going to deperate a bit NO MATTER WHAT you do in the way of painting. I guess I didn't drink enough coffee this morning before posting this question. Thanks Sarge74
  9. Silly question from the new guy. Do most of you guy's use int. grade or ext. grade plywood for your cut-outs. I'm thinking since all surfaces will be painted interior would work fine and it seems to have a smoother surface for painting. I would appreciate your thoughts.
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