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    Quote Originally Posted by focusedonsound View Post
    Sorry for the lack of update. I ended up purchasing a Superior Pole 1 http://www.tele-pole.com/flagpoles/superior-1-flagpole/...

    Works very well thus far.
    That is where mine came from!

    So what have you hung on it so far?

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    Currently have 24 incadescent mega strands (72 strands total) of red white and green lights. I also have a pixel Bethlehem star. I installed it back in May. We had some decent wind gusts. Right after I put the mega tree. And have had no issues. Lastly I did also add guide lines just as an added precaution. But with the pole being 4ft in the ground I don't think there will be an issue.

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    That makes me a little more confident! Thanks for that!


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    just want to post an update. We had some pretty high winds today 50mph gusts 20 mph sustained winds. I have this pole guide lined and had no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by focusedonsound View Post
    just want to post an update. We had some pretty high winds today 50mph gusts 20 mph sustained winds. I have this pole guide lined and had no problems.
    I think we're talking about the same storm front I just had here in WV. I also had not issues. I have enough weigh that I need a friend to help me lift that last section up into place. But some guyed into place, it held well.

    I was sweating it out though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TravCam View Post
    So, lack of updates on this thread... I am moving forward with my 25' telescoping flag pole using a welded 16 hook tophat with a star on top.

    I used small aircraft guy wires and zip tied a C9 LED every 6-7 inches. I plan to run on a renard 24.

    I still have serious weight reservations with what I have made so far even though it is a higher end flagpole with thick gauge aluminum. I fear the weak points will be the pins that keep the sections vertical.

    I seriously doubt it would hold a pixel setup... maybe after assembly later this week I will change my mind... time will tell.

    I'll post some pictures and note my findings....
    I use a similar setup. 20ft alum. telescoping pole. I started with 16 cables with red, green, blue mini's next year I added white, next year I added 8 140ct spiraled (others are 100ct). When I added the 8 spiral I had to have the wife help me lift it. So I don't think you have a weight problem for the pole. Your right the pins are not good, the first season the holes in mine almost doubled in size. I went to home depot and got rubber pipe couplers that use 2 worm clamps. I slit them to wrap around each pole section (trimmed to fit pole). So the rubber pipe couplers hold the pole up and I don't use the pins at all. Your going to be happy.

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    Has anyone ever tried using a Purple Martin pole system? https://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/RT...sp?SKU=HF-7548
    I like the idea of a winch system where the cables run up the pole internally.

    I also looked into using http://www.tianhemast.com/5-8meter-m...inch-mast.html a manual winch mast - but these things priced out at $1950 USD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpschmidt1 View Post
    Has anyone ever tried using a Purple Martin pole system? https://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/RT...sp?SKU=HF-7548
    I like the idea of a winch system where the cables run up the pole internally.

    I also looked into using http://www.tianhemast.com/5-8meter-m...inch-mast.html a manual winch mast - but these things priced out at $1950 USD.
    an ASAP jr. would cost you under a $100.

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    I have used my tele-pole for my AC mega tree, and now my ribbon tree. This is the first year I used guy wires, even though I've never had trouble with the wind. With all of the emt I just wanted some extra comfort factor.

    As a side note, one of the first years I used it for the mega tree my hands were too cold when I tried to lower it and it slipped while retracting. Wasn't pretty. I called them up and explained what happened including that it was totally my fault, not the fault of the pole. They asked me to pay $50 towards round trip shipping and refurbished the pole and all of the plastic pieces. That was all it cost me and they had it back within a month.

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    Hi:
    My megatree base is 3/4" pvc. Uses 16 sections with 22.5 degree elbows. 8 of those sections have Tees with a PVC stub about 8" long. I drive rebar stakes (available at RV stores or use big tent stakes) into the ground at each Tee/Stub and fasten with 1/4"-20 bolts. We sometimes have high winds here, but it has never "given up the ghost"! My center pole is a combination of electrical and aluminum conduit telescoped. There are 32 strings of doubled incandescents, making a total of 64 strands.

    The base comes apart very easily for storage. Takes about 15 minutes to assemble it. I use screws at each elbow/coupler so it doesn't pull apart.

    Another relatively low cost alternative for the center pole is aluminum irrigation pipe. If your area has a lot of agriculture, you may be able to pick some up cheaply.

    I have used irrigation pipe for ham antennas and it should work well for a megatree pole. Some of the irrigation tubing comes in 20' sections.

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