As far as setup time, I bought the flagpole and cemented it in last Saturday. I worked a couple hours in the evening M/T/W making the light strands (para-cord (ala Mattrob) and two strands per on vertical stringers; light strings only on spiral), made the hook assy and bracket for the star. Thursday I put the pole in, hung the vertical strands, and tested some after worship practice. Friday night, hung the spiral strands. Saturday, added in the controllers correctly, rather than the test configuration, added 4 ssrs for the blue, and fired it up. Total about 12-14 hours from flagpole in box to working tree.
Disassembly should be faster, I'll be working with gravity
that is awsome
I can vouch for this one...Very clean looking install. Good Job!
Oh, and thanks for helping with my PICs the other day.
My name is a158946, but my friends call me Mike http://www.mikeandbobby.com
2011: 7 songs, 3 Ren64s (3rd just for placement), 108 Channels, 10873 Lights
2012: 7 songs, 2 Ren64s, 2 RenSS24s, 147 Channels, 11887 Lights...Parents also showing early CLAP symptoms (muhuhahahaha)
Very nice love the spiral part.
How Tall is it?
What did you use for the bottom circle?
It is 15' without the star, and about a 10' diameter base.
There is no physical bottom circle. Each of the vertical stringers is comprised of a length of paracord from a hook at the top to a tent stake at the bottom, pulled taut. This way, they work as a guy wire, and also take any tension off the light strings. The red and green strings are zip tied along the length of each paracord to make the 16 vertical strings. The blue and white spiral strings are simply laid out over top of the vertical strings, and have a few strategically placed zip ties to keep it intact.
Thanks for all the positive feedback.
Where did you get your Para-Cord? Is that available locally?
I have had a 32 3-color string megatree for two years. Never needed additional support on the lights, but I'm planning on doing the Spiral this year and thinking I should consider support.
2009 Display: 20K Lights and 190 Channels Used
2010 Display: 28K Lights and 220 Channels Used
2011 Display: 38K Lights and 300 Channels Used (3 Ren 64XCs, 2 Ren24SS's, 2 Ren 24LVs, 3 Ren48LSDs)