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    I am looking to make an arch over my driveway for this years display. I am wondering if anyone on here has done that and they they used to build it?

    The driveway is slightly wider than a standard double wide and is about 30'-35' long.

    I think once built I will use either LED string lights or LED net lights and multiple channels, probably 6-10 channels.
    2016 - 32 LOR Channels - Roughly 5,000 Lights - 2 Sequenced Songs
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    2019 - 80 LOR Channels - Expecting 15,000+ Lights - 6-8 Sequences Songs (Interactive)

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    24 foot wide, 12 foot high, used 3/4 grey conduit, however i suggest you go with l.5 inch, that is what i plan to use if i cant not make them out of HPPE this year.
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    I used 3/4 inch pic and zip tied lights to it..I have pvc connecting each arch so they move as one. been using them for 4 years. Switching to pixels this year

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    Im wanting to make mine where I can still park 2 SUVs under it side by side. Thinking metal pipes for the legs and build a car port style frame for it.

    Those 2 examples look good tho. Have you ever had any issues with wind?
    2016 - 32 LOR Channels - Roughly 5,000 Lights - 2 Sequenced Songs
    2017 - 64 LOR Channels - 9,373 Lights - 4 Sequenced Songs
    2018 - 64 LOR Channels - New House - Total Redesign - 9,011 Lights - 5 Sequenced Songs (Interactive)
    2019 - 80 LOR Channels - Expecting 15,000+ Lights - 6-8 Sequences Songs (Interactive)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Protege94 View Post
    Im wanting to make mine where I can still park 2 SUVs under it side by side. Thinking metal pipes for the legs and build a car port style frame for it.

    Those 2 examples look good tho. Have you ever had any issues with wind?
    I have had issues, that is why i am thinking this year to use the 1.5 inch or maybe even 2 inch grey conduit, way less flex and make it easier to to keep still.

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    I have had no issues in 4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcprovenzano View Post
    I have had no issues in 4 years.

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    I didnt until the winds hit and i did not have enough bracing. The C7 lights i used were also heavy so that didnt help. Was a good learning experience though.

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    I am thankful i live in Houston where December weather is not bad, I don't use bracing except between the arches on the top, I use 4 foot rebar driven into the ground about halfway and slide the PVC over it. I don't even use any fasteners between the pipe sections only pipe fittings (2 10' and 1 4' on each arch) only tension to hold the pipes to the fittings. about once a year one will separate and i just reattach it...Once again thank God we rarely freeze in December in Houston...Heck many years I have to mow around my display elements..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcprovenzano View Post
    I am thankful i live in Houston where December weather is not bad, I don't use bracing except between the arches on the top, I use 4 foot rebar driven into the ground about halfway and slide the PVC over it. I don't even use any fasteners between the pipe sections only pipe fittings (2 10' and 1 4' on each arch) only tension to hold the pipes to the fittings. about once a year one will separate and i just reattach it...Once again thank God we rarely freeze in December in Houston...Heck many years I have to mow around my display elements..
    I liver on the Oregon coast, need i say more?

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    You might need concrete anchors LOL

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