Archer

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About Archer

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  • Birthday 07/20/1951

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    http://www.kevinkolak.com/

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    Elliottsburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania
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    Maintenance

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    Archery was my interest....Christmas lights have taken over.
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    youtube
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    Christmas

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  1. Thanks guys for your input. I viewed the JUMP system videos and although they are quite impressive, I eliminated about 75% of the work required to put up a 24ft (plus the topper) mega tree when compared to that system. The design I made is now almost completely fabricated but I will say it will not be cheap. Some of the comforts of my design affording the user are.....no ladders needed, no adjustments of the strands of lights needed once they are fabricated in your shop. No worries of the center pole bending and it comes down at the end of the season faster than it went up. It can go up on irregular ground with plumbing the center pole done by typical construction methods... (blocks and shims). Its going to cost about $1K but the trade-off will be the time saved in putting it up every year and ease of mind that it will be there in the morning after the storm. 2 trees side by side will be absolutely identical. I already have 14 on order and the first one is not even 100% complete. I'm 66 and stood it up by myself so its not bad. Thanks for all your input..... I wish I knew how to attach photos .....sheeeesh.
  2. Mega My tree has a base that will support the center pole and be free standing. Guy wires will be used for safety reasons. The center pole will be 2" sch40 black iron pipe. I'm not using couplings as they are too weak. The center pole will come in 3 - 8ft sections plus an adapter for the topper. I begin fabrication of this project this week. This will actually be a prototype for a prospective buyer. If he likes it, he wants 10. I was curious as to what people think a price should be.
  3. I'm in the process of making a mega tree frame that will be 24ft high plus the topper. It will have 32 cables from the 9ft dia base to the top. The end user will have the option of using whatever lights they want and attach them to the cables. I'm contemplating having it powder coated black. I will provide the cables only no lights. Does anybody out there have an idea what a frame for a tree this size would sell for? I'm also developing an option to attach the lights at eye level and hoisting them into position at the top....for an added fee. I'm confident that 1 person will be able to stand this tree up and anchor it into position. The end user of the first tree I will build is hanging pixels on the cables......1800 of them.
  4. It's a fantastic cruise....Amsterdam to Budapest in 15 days.
  5. I'm spreading the word of our hobby while on board the river cruise ship Viking Bragi. Everybody we talk too is impressed with what people in our hobby can do. 7 days down and 8 days to go.... then it's back to getting this year's display ready to go. kevinkolak.com
  6. OK....I'm fixated on arches at the moment but your demo of coro is definitely convincing.
  7. Coro arches?.....I can't picture it.....I'll go with HDPE!!!
  8. Coro arches?.....I can't picture it.....I'll go with HDPE!!!
  9. Yes it is.....I'm going back to my makeshift furnace experiment.
  10. My quote was for 2" ID and was $11 more at $1 per foot for the same quantity. When asked for straight pieces the min went up to 500 ft and the price went to $2.76 per ft. See the below for my correspondence....... Kevin, 500 feet (25 pcs, 20’ each) will cost $1366.07 + handling. The lead time is up to 2 weeks. Regards, Steve Knapp Hudson Extrusions, Inc. Inside Sales
  11. Yes...the same product. They may even supply it to MMC since they are the manufacturer and MMC is a distributor. I am shocked, I just got the quote for 500ft of straight HDPE 2" dia in 20ft lengths and it is $2.75 a foot at the factory.......bummer.
  12. I requested a quote from the manufacturer and they replied with a min order of 250ft at $1.00 per foot as compared to McMaster Carr at $1.96 per foot plus shipping. I then asked them how to straighten a 100ft coil. They told me it is next to impossible given the molecular structure of the extrusion. Then they told me they can extrude it and keep it straight but shipping would be a problem. I told them to give me a quote as I would pick it up at the factory.....have not got the second quote but at half the price of McMaster Carr when coiled I would think it is reasonable if not cheaper than McMaster Carr.
  13. What length Santa?..they look great!!!
  14. How does painting one side allow the light to come through?
  15. I'll tell you my thoughts on straightening. I plan on connecting 10" stove pipe making a total of 22'. I will then cut a 20 foot length and slide it inside the stove pipe. Then I will place my propane torpedo heater at one end and crank it up. I once saw this method used to heat and bend composit deck boards to make designs on fancy decks.....why not try this method to take bends out? Before I try any of this...a quick call to the manufacturer will verify the temp needed to make it payable and ask if I am headed in the right direction.