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  1. The first picture is a welded part using MIG weld wire and the second weld is a Flux Core.
  2. Thanks everyone. If you think it, you can do it....lol These you types of things can be welded with the inexpensive 110 flux core welders because you are just doing small welds and not long beads. If you can hit the trigger and make spot welds, you can do these. Only draw back to flux core is the clean up after. It does leave a film on the work and some splatter. But a good wire brush will clean them right up! I keep a drawing app on my phone so when something pops into my head, I have a way to put it into something I can make into a project. I even just draw stuff up into paint on my PC....lol I do have a CAD program if I want to make a measure-able drawing, but most times, it is just a doodle I can't get out of my head....
  3. You can adjust the height to fit your display, I did put a a cross piece at ground level to stabilize the upright.
  4. These are the candy cane holders I made for my display this year. They are made from 1/2" round rod. The pictures show how they are put together.
  5. turnemd

    Cowboy Tree

    This is my idea for a "Cowboy tree". It is made from a "T-post", The base ring is welded to a piece of pipe, the top is also made from a piece of pipe with a half ring welded into it to hold the light strings as they pass over the top of the post.
  6. This is my idea for putting items on the roof. It uses angle iron and is bolted together. the center folds over the peak of the roof. You put a cinder block on each side to hold it down without having to put screws or nails into your roof. You can add uprights to the center bolts to mount items to or weld the uprights in place. It is just an idea, you take it and make it your own!
  7. Here is my idea. It is made from angle iron, bolted in the center, held down with cinder block. You can weld an upright to the frame or use the center bolts to hold an upright.
  8. This is my idea for putting items on the roof. It uses angle iron and is bolted together. the center folds over the peak of the roof. You put a cinder block on each side to hold it down without having to put screws or nails into your roof. You can add uprights to the center bolts to mount items to or weld the uprights in place. It is just an idea, you take it and make it your own!
  9. This is the site I used http://www.department56.com/products/StoreLocator.aspx
  10. Christmas Store PO Box 157 108 Main St Smithfield , VA 23430-1323 757-357-7891 Cotton Gin, The 6957 Caratoke Hwy Jarvisburg , NC 27947-9727 252-491-2387 Bassett's Christmas Shop 207 Bypass Rd Williamsburg , VA 23185-2920 757-229-7648 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - VISIT SITE 201 Fifth Avenue Williamsburg , VA 23185 757-220-7664 Cookes Christmas 1820 Jamestown Rd Williamsburg , VA 23185-2327 757-220-0099 Yankee Candle Co YCC-Williamsburg VA #0990 2200 Richmond Rd Williamsburg , VA 23185-2755 Christmas Shop, The Williamsburg Merchants 5590A Mooretown Rd Williamsburg , VA 23188-2110 757-229-2514 Papeterie of Urbanna 18 N. Main Street Kilmarnock , VA 22482 804-435-1125 Old World Accents LLC 3419 W Cary St Richmond , VA 23221-2726 804-355-0373 Westbury Pharmacy 8903 Three Chopt Rd Richmond , VA 23229-4614 804-285-3428 Plant Peddler's Corner Store 1101 Crowder Dr Midlothian , VA 23113-4250 804-794-6972 Jan's Hallmark #1 714 Greenville Blvd SE Greenville , NC 27858-5141 252-756-9430 Touch (located In Great Mills, Md) 20853 Indian Bridge Rd California , MD 20619-2310 301-994-9622 Fine Print 2839 Daisy Lane Wilson , NC 27896 252-206-0619 Thompson's Florist, Inc - VISIT SITE 2089 Jefferson Davis Hwy Fredericksburg , VA 22401-5295 540-373-4591
  11. Jan's Interiors 5300 Crossfield Rd Virginia Beach , VA 23464-2415 757-424-5821 Southside Harley-Davidson 385 N Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach , VA 23462-1934 757-499-8964 Shore Gallery & Designs 737 First Colonial Rd Ste 216 Virginia Beach , VA 23451-6133 757-422-1285 These were the ones I could find in Va hope these help
  12. I use both Flux Core and MIG with my welder(Lincoln 185/220VAC) and yes the cleanup with Flux Core is much greater, but as long as you don't do long welds(run full trigger for a long time) that welder should do everything that you want to do. If you do long welds, it will do a shut-down from over temp....down fall of the 115VAC welders. If you added another $100 or so to that, you could have a MIg/Flux Core combo and go up to the 220VAC welder and I think you will be much happier with it then the 115VAC. But if money is tight and you don't do much welding, it would be fine.
  13. These are what I made for mine. I made them out of 1/2" round stock. I use a controller to make them chase each other. Picture #10 Picture #12 Picture #16
  14. Stuff I have been making to go into our display this year, from ground stakes, tree toppers, Candy cane holders, Base ring holders for our 20 ft tree. Ran out of MIG wire, so having to use Fluxcore, Does the job, but hate the cleanup!
  15. I have used these to do quick repairs: http://www.summitsource.com/scotchlok-type-button-type-phone-splice-connector-wire-crimp-pack-modular-telephone-conductor-data-signal-cable-squeeze-audio-connectors-p-4856.html
  16. I did a new design this year for my anchors. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=457304167710531&set=a.457304131043868.1073741826.114541565320128&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=457304161043865&set=a.457304131043868.1073741826.114541565320128&type=3&theater
  17. It is all one unit. I store it outside next to the barn. I am looking at making a frame that will come apart and store much easier though. It is just over 10 ft tall.
  18. I use Rebar stakes that I customized for my 20 ft Mega Tree. I welded, onto the rebar, in the middle a 6-8" piece of 1"x1" angle iron. Then on the end that isn't driven into the ground, I welded large washers onto them to attach my guy wires to. The angle I feel helps keep the rebar from pulling through our soft sandy soil. It probably isn't really needed, but I like to think it helps.... Then when I attach my guy wires I use a turn buckle on the wire from the tree to help tension the wires and adjust the angle of the tree My 20 ft Mega Tree is made from (2) 10ft 1"EMT Electrical Galvanized Conduit. I installed a 1"x24" Oak Dowel into the top half pole and it is drilled and bolted in place. The bottom is left free for storage ease. I guy wire it from both the top and middle now after 60+ mph winds broke it early in the display season. I made the topper for the tree that holds 24 strings of 100ct lights. I use a commercial controller with 6 channels and I run 4 lights per channel. This last season was our 4th yr with the 20 ft tree. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.289080527866230.66002.114541565320128&type=3 (link to my Christmas site pictures)
  19. Here is a video of my spiral tree. I made the frame out of 3/16" round rod welded up into the frame you see in the video. There are (8-100 ct) light strings around the tree. I am using a 4 channel Rope light controller for it. I cut the end off the controller and separated the channels out. It gave me both sequence and speed control in one box. ($50) for controller. https://www.facebook...&type=3 https://www.facebook...&type=3 https://www.facebook...65320128&type=3
  20. Here is a video of my spiral tree. I made the frame out of 3/16" round rod welded up into the frame you see in the video. There are 800(8-100 ct ) light strings around the tree. I am using a 4 channel Rope light controller for it. I cut the end off the controller and separated the channels out. It gave me both sequence and speed control in one box. ($50) for controller. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=327550837352532&set=a.289080527866230.66002.114541565320128&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=289084431199173&set=a.289080527866230.66002.114541565320128&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=333956276711988&set=vb.114541565320128&type=3
  21. I made my mega trees out of 10 ft 1 in. EMT Medal electrical Conduit. $7 roughly each connected together with an oak dowel ($3) 24 in. fit perfectly inside the 1" conduit. I drilled and bolted the dowel into the top conduit and left the bottom conduit free to take it apart for storage. I made the toppers for the mega tree and also for the other 7 10 ft mega trees in my display. The 20 ft tree has 2400 (24-100 ct strings) ($2 each box) and the 10 ft trees have 800 (8-100 ct strings)($2 each box). For the base ring I use 1/2" sch40 PVC for both the 20 ft and 10 ft trees. The 20 ft tree uses (4) 10 ft sticks and the 10 ft trees use (2) 10 ft sticks. I measured from the center of the first coupler 7". Drilled a small hole and installed a cup hook. Measured the rest of the way around going 15" each time and drilling and installing cup hooks the rest of the way around until I am back to the start. It should come out almost perfect. I stake the base ring to the ground about 5-6 times to hold it secure. I looped the female end of the light string about 6-8" back onto itself and zip tied it at the plug end and about 2" from the loop end also. I hang the light string from this loop. The toppers I made hold 3 strings from each hook fine on the 8 hooks on the topper. I then separate each string out to the 24 hooks on the base ring making another loop on the male end to make the tree shape. I use a commercial controller with 6 channels and plays music. I make (4) strings linked to each channel around the base ring. The 10 ft trees are all static for now/ The lights are started at the base ring made from (2) 10 ft strips of 1/2" sch40 PVC made the same way as the 20 ft tree. coupled together. Measure 7" from the center of the first coupler and put cup hook. Then measure 15" the rest of the way putting cup hooks the rest of the way. Install the lights from the base ring up to the topper and back down to the next cup hook and then to the next cup hook and then back to the topper again and continue the rest of the way around until it returns back to the beginning. Total for each 10 ft tree was about $35 and the 20 ft tree was $50 roughly. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.289080527866230.66002.114541565320128&type=3 (pictures) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=337811379659811&set=vb.114541565320128&type=3&theater (video)
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