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victor-eyd
12-03-2009, 12:14 PM
I finally built my mega tree. It isn't as tall or as well light lit (only 16 strands) as other but its a good start. I sourced all of my items at Lowes.

1- 10ft 3" pvc pipe
1- 3"-2" pvc adapter
1- 5ft 2" pvc pipe, cut down to around 3.5ft
1- vinyl post jacket for 4x4 posts (thanks to bisceg for the idea)
1- box of white hooks
1- box of lawn staples
16- boxes of 22ft xmas lights (can be attached 8 strings together)
2- 50ft cords
2- bags of cement
1- wood bun foot (you can find this in the stair building section)
1- spare 2x2 wood cut to around 18"

So I dug the hole and buried a 3ft section of the vinyl jacket
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7441.jpg

I combined the 3"pvc pipe and the adpater together, and glued the 2" pipe to the top. The pole is very light, perhaps less than 20lbs.
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7436.jpg

The 3" pipe fits exactly into the vinyl jacket, so I can take it out with ease
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7444.jpg

The bun foot is predrilled 16x and I had screwed the hooks in place. The 2x2 is glued and nailed to the bottom and the corners sanded down so I can easily remove this from the pole
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7438.jpg

The primary pieces inserted into the jacket
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7442.jpg

The next part is easy, just start hanging 16 strands of xmas lights- I got them last year for under $1 each. Next year I might consider going LED or more likely, vixen light show integration

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7449.jpg

All finished, happy holidays!

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7446.jpg

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7447.jpg

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7451.jpg

Victor

dirknerkle
12-03-2009, 01:49 PM
Nice work! Thanks for the photo story, too.

I did something similar -- although there was no way I was going to dig into my yard -- there's super-hard clay down there and I'd have needed dynamite!!!

Maybe some day I'll get my act together (what little act I have ;)) and post some photos too.

You done good!!!

Merry Christmas!