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    Default Another way to make arches

    Just finished making some new arches for this year's display. I didn't want to cut strip lights so I ordered 3 meter long sealed strips (30 pixels/meter). Turns out 3 meters is almost exactly 10 feet so these fit perfectly inside a 10 foot piece of 3/4" PEX tubing. I used 1/2" PVC for the rest of the structure that can all be disassembled for storage. I did have to drill out the PVC tees slightly to 7/8" for a perfect snug fit of the PEX to the tee. I know that there are differing opinions about the pixelated look of smaller translucent tubing but cost and availability of larger tubing made this an easy choice for me.
    Parts list:
    5 - 3 meter IP67 30 Pix/m light strips
    5 - 10' sections of 3/4" translucent PEX tubing
    10 - 1/2" PVC tees
    10 - 10' sections of 1/2" PVC tubing
    20 - 1/2" PVC elbows
    I cut the PVC tubing to 6' and cut the leftover pieces to 2' to provide a stable base.
    Here's the end result:
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    Default Re: Another way to make arches

    looks very nice. how did power work out? injecting each arch?

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    Default Re: Another way to make arches

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeKrebs View Post
    looks very nice. how did power work out? injecting each arch?
    Since it's a 5 Volt strip in each arch, I am putting power in both ends of each arch.

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    Default Re: Another way to make arches

    I snagged a "free" roll of black plastic tubing off of craigslist for our arches.
    Once we figured out the size, we cut the plastic, then wrapped them with lights. Since they are hallow, I bought 24" pieces of pre cut rebar, then drove the rebar into the ground, and slid the arches over the rebar.Christmas2015-9.jpg9438_10203445315186076_6902655550777395631_n.jpg

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