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Check and see if you have an industrial Pipe Supply Company in your town I saw some at one in my town

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update, they quoted me $10 shipping and it ended up being $19.50 for 50' of tubing. Not horrible I Guess but double what they quoted which was annoying. It did ship same day though.

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26 minutes ago, hoosierdoc said:

update, they quoted me $10 shipping and it ended up being $19.50 for 50' of tubing. Not horrible I Guess but double what they quoted which was annoying. It did ship same day though.

Hoosierdoc

 

Same here, they quoted me $10 shipping but when they actually shipped and emailed the tracking the shipping had gone to $70, I called and they said it had to ship truck which is why the higher shipping cost, she credited me all the shipping costs so I got a good deal, just can't get them shipped so cheaply any more.

 

Give them a call about the shipping, $19.50 isn't too bad considering but they did quote $10.

 

Keith

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They charged me $70 for Fedex freight for 4 9.5’ sections last year.  

 

That stuff is the BOMB for pixel arches, though.   I totally love mine.

 

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Anyone use it to diffuse pixels and get more of a soft look to the points of light? I bought a sheet of white acrylic yesterday and having the RGB tape about 1" away gives a nice solid color band. Hoping to test it better soon.

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I think that’s what most of us using HDPE for.  If you’re using a tubing just for mechanical purposes such as wrapping lights around the outside of the tube, PVC works fine, but PVC does not work well if you are illuminating the inside of the tube as it absorbs a lot of the light and causes quite a color shift.  HDPE on the other hand let’s quite a bit more of the light through, and does not affect the color very much.  You can see my arches here:

http://newburghlights.org/CCP_Arches.html

 

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Here are mine I built last year. Got more to build 4 more this year but ran out of time. 

 

Click on the pic to the right for video   th_MOV09284_zpst6yaux8r.mp4

DSC09454_zpsqkskqnsq.jpg

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thanks for the examples! I am planning to do two by running RGB tape through it though I like the thought of just poking a pixel through also. Did you glue them in place or did they just hold themselves in with the right size hole?

Any ideas on how to construct two circles? I love that effect of chasing around circles but not sure how to do the construction side of it.

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22 minutes ago, hoosierdoc said:

I like the thought of just poking a pixel through also. Did you glue them in place or did they just hold themselves in with the right size hole?

I'm gathering that you were asking me that question.  There is a little silicone around the pixel where it goes into the PEX.  You can see some in this closeup.  I did not want to use something that would make it impossible to remove a pixel should I have one go bad.

2014_CCPs_in_PEX.jpg

 

 

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1 hour ago, jtomason said:

I made mine by putting pixel strips inside the PEX.   This video shows the result:

 

Doesn't look like PEX pipe. Looks like the HDPE from McMaster-Carr.

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5 hours ago, Santas Helper said:

Doesn't look like PEX pipe. Looks like the HDPE from McMaster-Carr.

Yep, my bad.  It is indeed the HDPE from McMaster-Carr.  That's what I get for forum posting while working.  :)

 

 

3 hours ago, hoosierdoc said:

Jtomason, how did you make the candy canes? Those look awesome.

They were a kit from Holiday Coro.   

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On ‎12‎/‎7‎/‎2017 at 6:30 AM, hoosierdoc said:

update, they quoted me $10 shipping and it ended up being $19.50 for 50' of tubing. Not horrible I Guess but double what they quoted which was annoying. It did ship same day though.

In my opinion, this McMaster place is a shady business.  They also quoted me $9, and then charged me $90.   They said it was a typo.  I say that is unacceptable.  Their shopping cart is one of the dumbest on the planet.   It won't tell you the shipping cost until you PLACE the order and even then it does not tell you the cost.   They send you a receipt only a DAY AFTER they already ship the product.  I say to buy your tubing somewhere else and stay away from these scam artists.

 

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On ‎12‎/‎7‎/‎2017 at 7:02 AM, Kapkirk said:

Hoosierdoc

Same here, they quoted me $10 shipping but when they actually shipped and emailed the tracking the shipping had gone to $70, I called and they said it had to ship truck which is why the higher shipping cost, she credited me all the shipping costs so I got a good deal, just can't get them shipped so cheaply any more.

Give them a call about the shipping, $19.50 isn't too bad considering but they did quote $10.

Keith

I'll cut them a little slack in saying they are a shady business.  They emailed me to say they would compensate some shipping cost.  Thus, I had the exact same experience as you.  They quoted $9 and then charged 10 times that amount.  I'm thinking that this might be the way they do business.  It is just too much of a coincidence that at least 3 people here in just this one forum have mentioned they were quoted low shipping cost and then charged a lot more.  I'm not buying the constant excuse of "It was a typo in the quote"

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22 minutes ago, Richard Hamilton said:

I'll cut them a little slack in saying they are a shady business.  They emailed me to say they would compensate some shipping cost.  Thus, I had the exact same experience as you.  They quoted $9 and then charged 10 times that amount.  I'm thinking that this might be the way they do business.  It is just too much of a coincidence that at least 3 people here in just this one forum have mentioned they were quoted low shipping cost and then charged a lot more.  I'm not buying the constant excuse of "It was a typo in the quote"

I suspect there are multiple things going on that break the standard shipping calc  (that does not excuse them from fixing it or adding a note to affected products.).

Coils may trip Oversize fees.  All the major shippers use automation. Weird shapes need hand handling.

Dimensional  weight fees may apply (bulky light things get charge by size occupied).

Over 70 is another fee (2 people are supposed to handle that item. Ha! I had to deliver many 70+ by myself to avoid getting behind schedule by waiting for help)

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1 hour ago, Richard Hamilton said:

I say to buy your tubing somewhere else and stay away from these scam artists.

If I could find another place that sells it, I would.

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53 minutes ago, Richard Hamilton said:

It is just too much of a coincidence that at least 3 people here in just this one forum have mentioned they were quoted low shipping cost and then charged a lot more. 

Make that 4 :angry:

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I’ll let you in on a little secret.

McMastet Carr has been in business a long time.

The size of the tubing alone, along with various other things will dictate shipping cost.

Things like cost of fuel ect.

Just be thankful you can buy from them at all because back 20 years ago you had to have a business tax excemltion to buy from them. Not open to public.

JR

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Mine came on a freight truck so big it couldn't get down my street and deliver to me at curbside.  I got four 9.5' sections, they were bundled together but not packaged in any way.   The shipping charge stung, but I figured that they must have paid a lot more than going with UPS.... 

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Although I have never bought plastic from McMaster Carr, makes me glad that they are about 15 miles away from home...

 

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2 hours ago, dibblejr said:

I’ll let you in on a little secret.

McMastet Carr has been in business a long time.

The size of the tubing alone, along with various other things will dictate shipping cost.

Things like cost of fuel ect.

Just be thankful you can buy from them at all because back 20 years ago you had to have a business tax excemltion to buy from them. Not open to public.

JR

JR, all good points.  I don't disagree.  Just saying that several people are quoted very low shipping and then charged a lot more.   It isn't just a typo in the email as they claim.  I know a lot of companies that have been in business a long time, but they still get in trouble with bad business practices.  ;)

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