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Hi Everyone;

I took advantage of the warm weather today to experiment with the idea of using a downspout for my lights.

Lessons learned but over all it went very good, in my newbie opinion.

I will post a few of the photos of the project.

It took over just over an hour to do this. Other than screwing the two parts together and adding the plugs to the ends of the two strands of lights, it was complete.

Dave

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Picture #1

2" x 2" x 10' plastic downspout


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Picture #2

With the plastic still in 1 piece 3/4" holes were drilled every 3".

I found my drill may have been too powerful as a few of the holes did not cut clean, or I have to let up on the trigger a bit. Lesson #1 learned.


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Picture #3

Then the entire length of plastic was cut on a table saw on both sides .. shown in two pieces.


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Picture #4

Two strands of C9 lights attached. Lesson #2 ( maybe ) Offset the two strands slightly as the second strand had to overlap the first strand the bulbs are perfectly square. OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS ON THIS.


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Picture #5

Just showing the full length of C9 bulbs.


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Picture #6

The two pieces now joined together. The bottom piece fitting inside the top piece to give a nice finished look.


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Picture #7

Last photo ... simply trying to show that the whole piece is still VERY light in weight and easy to handle.


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Guest Don Gillespie

That is a great idea can't believe I didn't think of that brilliant on your part sure makes hanging lights easy. must try this before the snow hits wait I will send you pictures bracing for major snow storm tonight could get 2 feet yes thats right 2 feet golf is going to have wait still can't get over the PVC down pipe opens up all kinds of ideas

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Ya I like the idea(s).
Going to work on something like that this summer.

Winter Storm Warning in April....ONLY in Alberta!
Gotta Love it LOL

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Looking good Dave!

If your using a spade bit to drill the holes you will sometimes get those torn edges. You could try to cut your downspout first and then use a 2x4 on its edge, inside the piece you are drilling. This should help prevent the spade from wandering and breaking through. Another suggestion would be to use a twist bit.

Darryl

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