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Hey everyone, 

I've been a watcher for sometime now and decided to finally join. I've been doing my display for going on 8 years now. I'm looking to buying my first LOR starter set this year. 

 

So my first post is that I'm wondering how some of you made the mini Christmas trees out of tomato cages?  I got the ones that has 3 runners going up and it seems like it needs more runners to make it look more like a tree and round. Any ideas? Or how-to's?

 

Thanks! 

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dibblejr    361
23 hours ago, Light_addiction said:

Hey everyone, 

I've been a watcher for sometime now and decided to finally join. I've been doing my display for going on 8 years now. I'm looking to buying my first LOR starter set this year. 

 

So my first post is that I'm wondering how some of you made the mini Christmas trees out of tomato cages?  I got the ones that has 3 runners going up and it seems like it needs more runners to make it look more like a tree and round. Any ideas? Or how-to's?

 

Thanks! 

Take 2 cages inside each other until veins don't line up. Solved

at the tops just put a little outside bend and zip tie tight so zip tie won't come off during moving around

JR

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dibblejr    361

You will also need lots of zip ties

Welcome to the addiction.

JR

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k6ccc    484
20 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

You will also need lots of zip ties

Buy Zip Ties by the thousand and they are a lot cheaper!

 

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28 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

Take 2 cages inside each other until veins don't line up. Solved

at the tops just put a little outside bend and zip tie tight so zip tie won't come off during moving around

JR

Thanks, I didn't even think of that. 

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28 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

You will also need lots of zip ties

Welcome to the addiction.

JR

I knew zip ties would definitely be needed. Lol

 

7 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

Buy Zip Ties by the thousand and they are a lot cheaper!

 

Where do yall buy zip ties in bulk? 

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k6ccc    484
Just now, Light_addiction said:

Where do yall buy zip ties in bulk? 

I buy them generally from an electronics store near where I work called Pacific Radio, but there are lots of on line sources.  I have also used http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/

 

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TheDucks    26

And get a Zip tie gun (I got mine at Amazon) . It tightens and snips with a pull of the lever

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dibblejr    361

Here's another great idea.

PVC mini trees. I am going to build some of these. Last year I jinxed myself by saying "I never had a tomato cage tree cause a breaker trip in the rain". Two days later we had heavy monsoon rains and sure enough. The cause may have been caused by the wire cage but I also discovered some of my cords were semi full of water and mud. Dried everything out after the rain and no further problems. Unusual rain for the time of year.

 

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1 hour ago, dibblejr said:

Here's another great idea.

PVC mini trees. I am going to build some of these. Last year I jinxed myself by saying "I never had a tomato cage tree cause a breaker trip in the rain". Two days later we had heavy monsoon rains and sure enough. The cause may have been caused by the wire cage but I also discovered some of my cords were semi full of water and mud. Dried everything out after the rain and no further problems. Unusual rain for the time of year.

 

Maybe another year. Gonna try the tomato cages this year since I found a bunch on sale. Thanks though. 

I love this forum cause you see different ways people do things. 

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15 hours ago, dibblejr said:

Take 2 cages inside each other until veins don't line up. Solved

at the tops just put a little outside bend and zip tie tight so zip tie won't come off during moving around

JR

This is how I did it. Offset two cages on top each other so you get a more rounded tree. And bust out those zipties.

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1 hour ago, Santas Helper said:

This is how I did it. Offset two cages on top each other so you get a more rounded tree. And bust out those zipties.

Thank you! 

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caniac    205
On 7/13/2017 at 2:22 PM, k6ccc said:

Buy Zip Ties by the thousand and they are a lot cheaper!

 

and lots of zip ties, can be had on the cheap at monoprice.com

1/10th the price of Lowe's including shipping.

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2 hours ago, caniac said:

and lots of zip ties, can be had on the cheap at monoprice.com

1/10th the price of Lowe's including shipping.

Thanks for the lead. 

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Al Saunders    24

I'm sure two cages works fine but I read years ago about using three cages staggered and this is what I do. This gives a lot of attachment points for the zip ties/wires to attach to. Obviously makes them a bit heavier but if that's not a concern three will give you a "fuller" tree and have plenty to attach to without any sags in the wire/bulbs. Just my two cents. :)

Later,

Al

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caniac    205
10 hours ago, Al Saunders said:

I'm sure two cages works fine but I read years ago about using three cages staggered and this is what I do. This gives a lot of attachment points for the zip ties/wires to attach to. Obviously makes them a bit heavier but if that's not a concern three will give you a "fuller" tree and have plenty to attach to without any sags in the wire/bulbs. Just my two cents. :)

Later,

Al

More is always better!! :)   And given that they are usually $1 a cage they are budget friendly.  IMO the fun part was twisting the top and bending it (lack of proper tools at that time).

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On 7/14/2017 at 9:46 PM, Al Saunders said:

I'm sure two cages works fine but I read years ago about using three cages staggered and this is what I do. This gives a lot of attachment points for the zip ties/wires to attach to. Obviously makes them a bit heavier but if that's not a concern three will give you a "fuller" tree and have plenty to attach to without any sags in the wire/bulbs. Just my two cents. :)

Later,

Al

I've put 2 together and it appears to be the right amount. 

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On 7/15/2017 at 8:04 AM, caniac said:

More is always better!! :)   And given that they are usually $1 a cage they are budget friendly.  IMO the fun part was twisting the top and bending it (lack of proper tools at that time).

Where do you find them for $1?  They are $2.50 here. 

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caniac    205
4 minutes ago, Light_addiction said:

Where do you find them for $1?  They are $2.50 here. 

walmart, menards, craigslist, FB for sale pages.

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dibblejr    361

For me 2 cages were perfect. Cages where I live were about $5 ea at wally world. Luckily I used to have a garden and have or had 60 stored. I am down to just over 50 thanks to deer. Last year a dear got his antlers caught in them and made a mess of a few. LOL

The one thing to consider and it did bite me for the first time last year.

Isolate them from the ground. Until last year I never had an issue with breakers tripping during rain. I commented on that in someones thread. A couple days later monsoon rains came. Trees were out but everything else worked.

After cleaning out my extension cords I also put pieces of 2X4's under my cages, a few more days and monsoons again and all kept working. Not sure if main cause of tripping was cage to ground or extension cord water but my tree are on a slope with great drainage. 

JR

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8 hours ago, dibblejr said:

For me 2 cages were perfect. Cages where I live were about $5 ea at wally world. Luckily I used to have a garden and have or had 60 stored. I am down to just over 50 thanks to deer. Last year a dear got his antlers caught in them and made a mess of a few. LOL

The one thing to consider and it did bite me for the first time last year.

Isolate them from the ground. Until last year I never had an issue with breakers tripping during rain. I commented on that in someones thread. A couple days later monsoon rains came. Trees were out but everything else worked.

After cleaning out my extension cords I also put pieces of 2X4's under my cages, a few more days and monsoons again and all kept working. Not sure if main cause of tripping was cage to ground or extension cord water but my tree are on a slope with great drainage. 

JR

Thank you for the advice. We don't get a lot of rain during that time of the year and I just don't tien the lights on, on rainy nights. 

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