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gweedojg
09-14-2011, 03:19 PM
Could someone direct me to a post on how to build the pvc and globe north pole lights? Thanks, Johnny

kychristmas
09-14-2011, 03:25 PM
http://www.christmasonmanor.com/northpolelights.htm

These are my favorites. I planed on making a bunch, but never got around to it. Did a prototype that turned out great.

gweedojg
09-14-2011, 03:34 PM
Thanks Kelly

kychristmas
09-14-2011, 03:42 PM
Here is the pole I made and ended up using as the post for my Tune-To sign. To wrap the "Stripe" I used a technique that I stole from my old Sign Shop days. I layed a 2" strip of Red Vinyl Sticky side up on my kitchen table at an angle. I then rolled the PVC Pipe down the table. The stripe is layed perfectly evenly. I didn't experiment at all, but I think I should have reduced the angle on the stripe and the gap would have been narrower.

If you can't get Vinyl striping, the Colored Duct Tape that is available will work great.


http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=8337&d=1292953960

jhartley
09-14-2011, 05:01 PM
Here was the tutorial I used this year. They turned out great.

http://bazillionlights.com/Tech/LightsTechFence.html

Jon

JasonPortwood
09-14-2011, 08:52 PM
I made a PVC sleeve that goes over my lamp post for last year. Worked out really good. If you're looking for that tape it can be a bear to find at least it was for me.... I ended up getting it off of Ebay. Then of course after the guys at Home Depot looked at me funny for asking for it they had a Christmas table decorated with the stuff.

I forgot about those arches on bazillionlights.com. So many projects...

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Jason

Skunberg
09-14-2011, 11:09 PM
I've seen some with the same top but the pole out of rolled coroplast with a second light inside the pole. Looked great!

Brian11334

WWNF911
09-15-2011, 04:12 AM
Here is the pole I made and ended up using as the post for my Tune-To sign.

What a great idea for a tune to sign. Turned out really great!

Leon

Aurbo99
09-16-2011, 07:31 PM
Anyone have a source for the 6" acrylic globes?

All I've found so far locally are the glass versions.

Skunberg
09-16-2011, 07:34 PM
plastic globes are at Home Depot.

gmbartlett
09-16-2011, 09:22 PM
Anyone have a source for the 6" acrylic globes?

All I've found so far locally are the glass versions.

Another source is: http://www.1000bulbs.com/product/7528/PLAS-6NW.html

Dave H
09-16-2011, 10:55 PM
Here's another one for almost $2 less
http://1000bulbs.com/product/8056/3201-50650.html?utm_source=SmartFeedGoogleBase&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_term=3201-50650&utm_content=White+Globes+with+Neck+Opening&utm_campaign=SmartFeedGoogleBaseShopping

Mactayl
09-17-2011, 03:44 AM
Here is one for less.

http://www.lightbulbsurplus.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69_183_184_710&products_id=1607

kychristmas
09-17-2011, 09:25 AM
DMoore seems to like these guys. I believe he said they had the lowest shipping cost. This is the link in his RGB Megaballs Guide...

http://www.superiorlighting.com/Plastic_Globe_Plain_Lip_Opening_p/02017-06waspl.htm

FIRECOP252
09-17-2011, 09:21 PM
I just built 4 of these today but i could not find the acrylic one either so i used glass ones... They turned out great....not sure how the glass ones will hold up though....just got to get the striping on them....is most people using tape or painting the stripes on????

Skunberg
09-17-2011, 11:04 PM
I just built 4 of these today but i could not find the acrylic one either so i used glass ones... They turned out great....not sure how the glass ones will hold up though....just got to get the striping on them....is most people using tape or painting the stripes on????

I think it's a pretty even split between tape and paint. Seems that people switch to paint as the tape fades after a couple years.
Plus with paint it's easy to have a wide and narrow stripe like a candy cane.

Brian

Braveit1
09-19-2011, 11:31 AM
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This is the one I did last year. Globe from home depot, etched acrylic sign, led message under glass and tape for stripe. Top is covered (leds shown for photo) and wire was run inside pvc pipe. Not sure if it faded or not because it's still in storage right now. I did break the globe and had to replace it during a storm last season.

lineman
09-20-2011, 08:33 AM
I just painted the pipe all red then put the blue painters tape on the pipe spiraling down and then painted the pipe white let dry remove tape

ocsurf
09-22-2011, 09:35 PM
How is everyone keeping their North Pole Lights secured to the ground?

Braveit1
09-23-2011, 12:19 AM
I used a pair of long chicken wire fence post into the ground and put the pole over it. Simple.

ChiefWarrant
09-23-2011, 04:38 AM
I used a pair of long chicken wire fence post into the ground and put the pole over it. Simple.

I built a pole this summer and fence posts is my plan secure them. Nothing says that you have to stick to a globe either.

I found a sign at the Goodwill that says "Naughty" on one side and "Nice" on the other. With a little modification, I mounted it to a candy cane PVC pole, and increase the bulb brightness and now have a nice addion to the display. Sorry, but dont have pictures to post at this time.

cbanks76
09-24-2011, 04:48 AM
hi does any one know anything about the snowman in christmas on the mannor in the first link, i think it is awsome and want one :)

cheers chris

Dave H
09-25-2011, 02:43 AM
hi does any one know anything about the snowman in christmas on the mannor in the first link, i think it is awsome and want one :)

cheers chris

I believe this is armature for the snowman. How the mechanics fit in for the rotating head is a mystery to me. Must be a lot of custom work hidden behind the white covering. It also appears that the head moves in both axis



http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=3D-SNMAN

christmasdisplays.co.nz
09-25-2011, 04:46 AM
Here's mine. http://www.christmasdisplays.co.nz/index.php?page=11 I've had them for 3 or 4 years and still look like new.

kychristmas
09-25-2011, 07:19 AM
Here's mine. http://www.christmasdisplays.co.nz/index.php?page=11 I've had them for 3 or 4 years and still look like new.

Great Write up!

Steven010
08-03-2016, 07:01 PM
Most of links in this article no longer work!

I would like to refresh my poles, I would like lighting suggestions for pole itself. Globe lights are obvious.

Skunberg
08-03-2016, 09:04 PM
Not surprising, they are very old. They typically get lost when the forum crashes. It has only happened a couple times but old pictures got lost. Very sad. Also some are links to other sites that don't exist any more.

dirknerkle
08-03-2016, 11:22 PM
FWIW, here's a thread about a pole I made last year... worked great... might give you a couple ideas...

http://diychristmas.org/vb1/showthread.php?4564-Dirk-s-North-Pole-DONE!&p=51579&viewfull=1#post51579

uzelessknowledge
08-04-2016, 11:38 PM
Boscoyo Studios and HolidayCoro.
https://vimeo.com/177653676

DanJ
12-22-2016, 07:44 PM
I am going to add north poles next year. Can y'all tell me how you nail them downtothe ground?

uzelessknowledge
12-22-2016, 08:27 PM
Used tiki torch bases.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161223/8c33674d38cb1ead96ffe23343792d1a.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161223/685e97b754e360100e2d459b414bdab3.jpg

blantrip
12-22-2016, 08:36 PM
I used a toilet flange that I bolted to a patio block. Since it gets very windy here and I have a sign on mine I also bolted two other patio blocks to the one with the toilet flange.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161223/55e6e25c601468431e0e3760d48b4961.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161223/b5876cb37bc54c11dcf6b0bd7d8796c5.jpg

DanJ
12-22-2016, 08:59 PM
Thx!!!!

HowardB
12-23-2016, 05:54 AM
Hi DanJ,
I cast my own concrete stands for each of my North Poles (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?43442-Project-3-PVC-Polycarbonate-North-Pole-Lights-for-the-paved-entrance-walkway&p=427350#post427350) - makes them sturdy during high wind and they're portable when needed; had some rough thunderstorms with high winds this year and none of them have moved a bit ;)

DanJ
12-23-2016, 09:08 AM
Thx HowardB

Musicman1623
12-23-2016, 05:03 PM
DMoore seems to like these guys. I believe he said they had the lowest shipping cost. This is the link in his RGB Megaballs Guide...

http://www.superiorlighting.com/Plastic_Globe_Plain_Lip_Opening_p/02017-06waspl.htm

I'll be ordering some of these for next year


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Braveit1
12-28-2016, 12:56 PM
I am going to add north poles next year. Can y'all tell me how you nail them downtothe ground?
For mine, I use a heavy duty chicken wire fence post I hammer in to the ground and then slide the PVC tube over it.

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