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About knute73

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  • Birthday 03/21/1972

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    LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA
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    Teaching kids Firefighting and Christmas
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    Firefighter

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  1. I made a video of how I do my trees. They are easy to build and you can carry them anywhere you want. You may need to come up with a better base, but other then that, they work awesome!
  2. It may have been me. I posted a video on Youtube on how I made mine. I didn't show bending the tube, but it was pretty easy. I just figured out the diameter I wanted. Then I had a couple of old 2x12 boards laying around. I cut them to the correct diameter. Attached a block of wood on one side to hold the pipe in place, then just started bending. I would bend a little, then slide it farther in, then bend it some more, until I had the whole ring made. I did make it in two halves. Then slid the pipes together. That part did take a little forcing. But once together, they worked great.
  3. I am looking to make trees, but I want to use the same material used in air blown displays. I am just not sure what it actually is, and if there is a good place to buy it. I am not sure if my tree idea will work. If it does, I will post it.
  4. I am looking to make some of my own display items. Where is a good place to buy the material? What material is the best to use?
  5. All three of my trees types I have used plywood cut into circles with I believe they are called floor flanges to match what ever size pipe goes into them. I do paint them with two or three coats to make sure they don't break down too bad. Our weather is not too wet here most of the season, so that is not much an issue. My 30' mega tree has a steel tree topper, but I glued two 3/4" peices of plywood together and cut it into a circle as my "truck" which hauls my lights up my tree. Hope this helps. If you need any pictures, let me know!
  6. So, I am a fan of making things easier and faster to set up and take down each year. Since I have always been a fan of mega trees, a spiral tree wasn't a far reach for me. Now, in my yard, I have tree types of trees. My mega tree (30'), my mega Jr. trees (12'), and my mini trees (5'). Now, my Jr's are what I am going to talk about here. These have gone from guy wired trees with their lights staked to the ground, to a tree I assemble in my garage, and carry out. I have both your standard mega tree pie slices and spiral strings on the trees now. This year, I made some more improvements wh
  7. I left him out of the display this year. I just stuck with the little blow mold one I had to pick up last year. I need to find a good way to prevent the vandalism before I put more work into it and have someone do it again. Thank you for all the great ideas! I can't wait until he stands proud as part of my display again!
  8. There are a couple of questions. First is what height are you planning on making it? I have two sizes. My "mega" tree is 30' to the top of the star. The base is about a 1' squar cube of concrete that I put bolts for my anchor in. It is covered with an Orbit sprinkler box. I assemble my tree poll and star on the ground. Then we stand it up. I have 4 guy wires holding it in place. My pipe is 2" rigid conduit. I then have a "truck" I call it that I attach my lights to. Then I crank them up. It's rock solid. I even think if the guys let go, the tree would fall away from my house.
  9. First thing is really first. A ten foot tree, does not really need much for guy wires. I have two standing in my front yard that are about 11.5' - 12' and they are sitting on a block and held down by rebar spikes and zip ties. It's my 3rd year doing this. I also have a 30' mega tree that I have a totally different system in place for. I do use guy wires for that. What I see is so many people spending a ton of time and money putting elaborate base and anchore systems in for simple display items. I am a huge fan of DIY dispay items. The 11.5' trees I make now, I call my mega juniors. I
  10. Not sure if this is the best place to ask this question. I have been asked about doing a story on my lights by a local TV station. I am honored, but I have some concerns. 1. People will know that what I have has value and worth stealing 2. Increased traffic. 3. The electric inspector may want to come look at what I have done with my electrical. I may have forgotten to get a permit for some of it. Does anyone have an experience with this?
  11. I am not sure how to explain my issue. So, here it goes. I did two spiral trees last year. I was pleased, but not satified. So, this year, I was making sure I made them so each string fit just right. My tree is 10' tall. My base is 5' diameter. I am using 16 channels. I want to have each string do 1.5 revolusions. My fist string worked out perfectly. Each String after seemed to be longer. I am looking to find a good easy way to make each string the same. Tim
  12. I got excited for a little bit, then I saw the operating temp is only 50F for a low. It's well below that right now and I don't want to spend the money if they aren't going to work when it's cold outside. It would be nice to know if anyone else has used them below the 50F mark.
  13. I agree with everyone about talking with the inspectors. I am a Lieutenant on our fire dept. We do not allow extension cords for permanent use. I would allow the cords for a Christmas display as long as the cords were in good condition and not causing any sort of trip hazard. Now I have a couple of ideas that may work if they will not allow your cords. You can try power stips with long cords. We allow them up to 25 feet as long as they are a UL listed power strip with a breaker on it. You can replace the cords that come with the LOR controller and replace them with long enough cord
  14. I guess I need to look at it closer. I was very upset, because it seemed to be the same person who did it before. Do you use a seem seal once you sew the tears?
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