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TJ Hvasta wrote:

But how would you get the dryer vent to stand up?
A little blue pill but it only works for 4 hours!!

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TJ Hvasta wrote:

But how would you get the dryer vent to stand up?
Best way would be add 2 rebar posts so to speak on opposite sides, and tie the dryer vent to them. Or, make 2 wood plugs one piece of rebar (to the desired height) in the center and secure to place. this way would provent any metal showing with the lights on.

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My first thought would be to use wood plugs of about 4 in. diamenter to secure the vent pipe and a piece of PVC to hold it up. Maybe even clear pipe in the middle and put rope light inside of it.

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But how would you get the dryer vent to stand up?


Some real stiff heavy gauge wire. My father added some to keep them from collapsing or getting flattened in case something would fall on them. It was a pain wrapping (coiling) the wire around the contour of it, but he did it. Wasn't used for NP's, just basic dryer venting.

But when he did it, they'd stand upright just fine. So I would think this would work, but you'll still need some kind of base and inner support along each side to keep it up(and stiff) in case of wind or some other force that could knock it over easily.

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I dont know, I'd still go with rigid pvc piping.. using flex tubing would involve just too much time, materials and $$.

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I dont know, I'd still go with rigid pvc piping.. using flex tubing would involve just too much time, materials and $$.
the only benefit I would see is that if it is the old white plastic type of dryer vent then you can light up the entire tube.

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[align=left]caniac wrote:

looking at using what looks like the North Pole pole as part of my decorating scheme for this upcoming season. will make 10 of them. someone on here had taken what look to be 2-4 inch PVC and cut it 2ft high. They then did the red and white candy cane effect to them and topped them off with a globe. How do i make something like that and how do i keep it upright in the yard (weights?rebar?
Found It!
[/align] When I first started out in the summer of 2009, I found a website that showed just what your looking for, and how to make it! I bookmarked the link for future,but never made them. I had over 200 bookmarks to sift through. I clean house as I went, and I finally found it! Hope it helps you out! I attached a picture from his website.

http://www.johnsonschristmascorner.com/NorthPoles.html

Ray!

Attached files 245610=13374-NorthPolesLighted.JPG

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thanks, I will use a variation of that. Today I went to Lowe's and they already have 4" PVC pre cut to 2ft. Am using a toilet flange for the base (that way I will stake it in the ground but if that doesn't work then I can mount it to some 2x10. Picked up a globe and will pack it with 50ct bright white LED's. will post a pic of the finished product.

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thanks, I will use a variation of that. Today I went to Lowe's and they already have 4" PVC pre cut to 2ft. Am using a toilet flange for the base (that way I will stake it in the ground but if that doesn't work then I can mount it to some 2x10. Picked up a globe and will pack it with 50ct bright white LED's. will post a pic of the finished product.


The best thing I have found for "staking" things are the steel tent pegs sold in the Wal-Mart sporting goods section. The look like foot-long nails, drive through any ground conditions, and pull back out fairly easily. They should also work well with the toilet flanges. Best to ya . . .

Cray

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Cray Augsburg wrote:

The best thing I have found for "staking" things are the steel tent pegs sold in the Wal-Mart sporting goods section. The look like foot-long nails, drive through any ground conditions, and pull back out fairly easily. They should also work well with the toilet flanges. Best to ya . . .

Cray


Hey Cray,

Are these the ones you're talking about? (10 inch/set of 4: $2.46)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-10/13848624

or this one? (10 inch/set of 4: $7.00)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s-10-Nail-Tent-Pegs-4-Pack/8586940



And they also have these: (9 inch/Set of 6: $2.88) Which DO NOT look like nails.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-ABS-9/13848618?findingMethod=rr

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Cray Augsburg wrote:

caniac wrote:
thanks, I will use a variation of that. Today I went to Lowe's and they already have 4" PVC pre cut to 2ft. Am using a toilet flange for the base (that way I will stake it in the ground but if that doesn't work then I can mount it to some 2x10. Picked up a globe and will pack it with 50ct bright white LED's. will post a pic of the finished product.


The best thing I have found for "staking" things are the steel tent pegs sold in the Wal-Mart sporting goods section. The look like foot-long nails, drive through any ground conditions, and pull back out fairly easily. They should also work well with the toilet flanges. Best to ya . . .

Cray
have five dozen of those and they are great!!

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Orville wrote:

Cray Augsburg wrote:
The best thing I have found for "staking" things are the steel tent pegs sold in the Wal-Mart sporting goods section. The look like foot-long nails, drive through any ground conditions, and pull back out fairly easily. They should also work well with the toilet flanges. Best to ya . . .

Cray


Hey Cray,

Are these the ones you're talking about? (10 inch/set of 4: $2.46)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-10/13848624

or this one? (10 inch/set of 4: $7.00)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s-10-Nail-Tent-Pegs-4-Pack/8586940



And they also have these: (9 inch/Set of 6: $2.88) Which DO NOT look like nails.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-ABS-9/13848618?findingMethod=rr
those are the ones!!!

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Orville wrote:

Hey Cray,

Are these the ones you're talking about? (10 inch/set of 4: $2.46)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-10/13848624

or this one? (10 inch/set of 4: $7.00)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s-10-Nail-Tent-Pegs-4-Pack/8586940



And they also have these: (9 inch/Set of 6: $2.88) Which DO NOT look like nails.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-ABS-9/13848618?findingMethod=rr


Dang you're quick. :)

Either of the first two entries work great, Orville. That last item (the ABS stakes) are worthless in hard ground or gravel.

I have about 80 of the first item (green top) and 20 or so of the orange top. The difference is that the green ones tend to oxidize a little quicker. But after 10 years, I have yet to throw any of them away. These things are great, whether you are camping or trying to hold blowmolds in place, etc.

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Cray Augsburg wrote:

Orville wrote:
Hey Cray,

Are these the ones you're talking about? (10 inch/set of 4: $2.46)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-10/13848624

or this one? (10 inch/set of 4: $7.00)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s-10-Nail-Tent-Pegs-4-Pack/8586940



And they also have these: (9 inch/Set of 6: $2.88) Which DO NOT look like nails.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-ABS-9/13848618?findingMethod=rr


Dang you're quick. :)

Either of the first two entries work great, Orville. That last item (the ABS stakes) are worthless in hard ground or gravel.

I have about 80 of the first item (green top) and 20 or so of the orange top. The difference is that the green ones tend to oxidize a little quicker. But after 10 years, I have yet to throw any of them away. These things are great, whether you are camping or trying to hold blowmolds in place, etc.


I agree, we tend to use a rubber mallet on them at times because the ground can be hard here. The last ones snap way too easy. that is why we switched to the other ones.

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caniac wrote:

Cray Augsburg wrote:
Orville wrote:
Hey Cray,

Are these the ones you're talking about? (10 inch/set of 4: $2.46)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-10/13848624

or this one? (10 inch/set of 4: $7.00)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s-10-Nail-Tent-Pegs-4-Pack/8586940



And they also have these: (9 inch/Set of 6: $2.88) Which DO NOT look like nails.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-ABS-9/13848618?findingMethod=rr


Dang you're quick. :)

Either of the first two entries work great, Orville. That last item (the ABS stakes) are worthless in hard ground or gravel.

I have about 80 of the first item (green top) and 20 or so of the orange top. The difference is that the green ones tend to oxidize a little quicker. But after 10 years, I have yet to throw any of them away. These things are great, whether you are camping or trying to hold blowmolds in place, etc.


I agree, we tend to use a rubber mallet on them at times because the ground can be hard here. The last ones snap way too easy. that is why we switched to the other ones.


Thanks for reminding me! I need to buy a new rubber mallet. Wore mine out (finally) last year and need to get one. I haven't used any of those type items, well maybe something similar to the last one.

I usually buy the brown hard plastic stakes that Home Depot sells (only at Christmas time - DUMB!) to hold my wire frame animated deer in place, along with a few other items. Been using them for many years wirth no issues, but then I don't have to worry about "frozen ground", and Florida usually doesn't have too many hard ground areas (not that I've encountered in any places I've lived in Florida).

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Cray Augsburg wrote:

Orville wrote:
Hey Cray,

Are these the ones you're talking about? (10 inch/set of 4: $2.46)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-10/13848624

or this one? (10 inch/set of 4: $7.00)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlan-s-10-Nail-Tent-Pegs-4-Pack/8586940



And they also have these: (9 inch/Set of 6: $2.88) Which DO NOT look like nails.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/COLEMAN-TENT-STAKES-ABS-9/13848618?findingMethod=rr


Dang you're quick. :)

Either of the first two entries work great, Orville. That last item (the ABS stakes) are worthless in hard ground or gravel.

I have about 80 of the first item (green top) and 20 or so of the orange top. The difference is that the green ones tend to oxidize a little quicker. But after 10 years, I have yet to throw any of them away. These things are great, whether you are camping or trying to hold blowmolds in place, etc.






Cray,

Since I've never used these metal tent nails(pegs) before, I have several questions about how you are using these to secure a Blowmold:

#1. Do your pre-drill a hole in the blowmold for them to go through?

#2. Do you just drive the nail(peg) through the blowmold, allowing it to create the hole?

#3. Do you drive the nail(peg) straight in or at a slight angle?

#4. How many do you use per blowmold (2, 4, 6 or some other number)?



I want to get the maximum hold down for my blowmolds, and without much damage in doing so.

Thanks!

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my prototype:

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caniac wrote:

my prototype:

Proto1_001.jpg

What are your plans to keep the globe attached to the PVC?

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jimswinder wrote:

caniac wrote:
my prototype:

Proto1_001.jpg

What are your plans to keep the globe attached to the PVC?
silicone? Though if I lived in West Virginia or Alabama Duct Tape would be the proper product.

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caniac wrote:

silicone? Though if I lived in West Virginia or Alabama Duct Tape would be the proper product.

how about changing out bad strands of lights?

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jimswinder wrote:

caniac wrote:
silicone? Though if I lived in West Virginia or Alabama Duct Tape would be the proper product.

how about changing out bad strands of lights?
ok, moving to West Virginia where i can use Duct Tape.

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caniac wrote:

jimswinder wrote:
caniac wrote:
my prototype:

Proto1_001.jpg

What are your plans to keep the globe attached to the PVC?
silicone? Though if I lived in West Virginia or Alabama Duct Tape would be the proper product.



Me, I would drill 4 small pilot holes around the neck where the globe is recessed near its opening(NOT into the globe!) and get 4 very small thumbscrews to hold it in place. Also makes it easier to change out the bulb. I would also use a light film of silcone around the rim of the globe to keep moisture out, but that depends on how snug and tight the globe fits in place.

You see I'd do a "rain test" on mine before adding the light fixture inside by spraying water(like rain) from a garden hose over it and see just how "wet" it would get inside. Silicone may not be required if the globe fits snug enough. But the 4 thumbscrews would make it easier to facilitate bulb replacement, as well as hold the globe in place, and to keep the globe from blowing off the top of the pole.

And you can get these thumbscrews in gold, bronze, silver and black at Ace Hardware. (or that's where I have bought them in the past when I needed them for our porch lamps when I lost a couple in the past.



BTW: looks very nice! Just needs its stripes!:)

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jimswinder wrote:

caniac wrote:
silicone? Though if I lived in West Virginia or Alabama Duct Tape would be the proper product.

how about changing out bad strands of lights?

If you use a VERY thin silcone line around the globe where it sits in the pole, you can just "twist it" and it would break apart, allowing replacement of the bulb or light string inside the globe. But the key is VERY THIN silicone, too thick and then you risk having to use a razor knife to cut it away, and possibly even damaging your "plastic" globe in the process.

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