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first time making fire sticks (light poles) advice?


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iv ordered my LEDs from holiday light express finally and when they arrive ill be building my sticks and wrapping my mini trees! 

my only question is on the sticks, i have 3/4" & 1" PVC in 10' sections... do i construct them the same way as most do an arch say 100ct 5mm led per 11"-15" sections of PVC and is 3/4" or 1" more preferred in building these? 

ill attach a few videos of my favorite poles or sticks iv seen...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuwTTkRCYOk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUIrmjp7Lmia6h0W_8UOFR2A

 

also would love to know how he got his mini trees so full looking? in the video above^^^^^^^^^^

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zjXr6Qnpcw

 

any advice would be great before i waste anytime!!

thanks for everything guys!

 

 

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I built mine just like an arch, using 14 inch sections, but I used a gas pipe for the inside pole, and slid my sleeves over the pipe.  100 ct lights per section should work fine.  Good luck!

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I built mine just like an arch, using 14 inch sections, but I used a gas pipe for the inside pole, and slid my sleeves over the pipe.  100 ct lights per section should work fine.  Good luck!

awesome thanks for the advice i have been thinking of ways to have the poles upright and stable without wires or string

 

also what size pvc did you use?

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I used the same, 1 inch PVC - the black stuff - for the sleeves.    I put my sleeves on the pipe, drove some rebar into the ground, letting it stick up about 12-18 inches.  Slid the now sleeved pipe over the rebar, and secured it with 2 guy wires.  Stood up to some VERY heavy wind last year.  You can see them in action here if you want. 

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Next year I plan on adding ridge line lights and everywhere you see blue will be 3 channels, blue, green, and red

3 10' long arches 7 channels

3 more mini trees to make 9

2 or 3 channel stars on top of each fire stick

1 candy cane spinner with 10 or 12 candycanes

Hopefully some snowflakes on the roof

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