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mrforemark

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How come you want to anchor lights to the ground? Why not anchor them to the base of the megatree? I think that is what most people do. Perhaps you don't have a base around the bottom of the megatree?

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Correct. No Base. I was just going to run lights from the top to the ground. I guess maybe its not a mega tree. I'm gunna wing it.

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mrforemark wrote:

Correct. No Base. I was just going to run lights from the top to the ground. I guess maybe its not a mega tree. I'm gunna wing it.

Its still a mega tree...the first year I did it with a 10 footer, doubled over my mini light strings, zip tied together...and used tent pegs to anchor to the ground. You will want something that goes into the ground a ways depending on your geographical location.
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My first year I used wie staples that I made out of coat hangers so they came to be approx. 8" long on each side. They worked fine to hold the strings down but were a pain in the butt to drive in straight and then to get out in the spring without doing damage to the light strings.

The next year I went to using 3/4" gray electrical conduit to make a ring on the ground. I tywrap the light strings to the ring and use conduit clamps on the pipe with 16" long spikes driven through the holes in the clamps. Gives a little flex to the whole thing so that there is less strain on the light strings and yet it stays nice and tight.

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I just built these for my 1st mega tree, 20 ' tall 32 channel. The stake is 8 " long cut from .250" steel with a .250" s hook installed. The s hook will hold the .125" SS wire rope also attached to the toper.

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Grey pvc works perfect for making a ring at the base of your tree. I drilled pilot holes in mine and screwed in brass cup hooks to wrap each strand of lights as it comes to the base.

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