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    Quote Originally Posted by rdj6107 View Post
    cook it in a pot like scrambled eggs, preferably on a outdoor grill
    Great thanks will give it a try


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    I did it in a large pan in the oven. Either way it takes quite some time to get the sand hot.
    Donít forget youíre also going to need to move that hot sand. And pour it into the pipe. So youíre going to need heavy gloves. And a metal funnel. Make sure to have a helper too. Thereís a lot of stuff to keep hands on and you need to work reasonably quickly.


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    Wow, very nicely done work.
    impressive.
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    Thanks all,

    I did EMT for my first half tree a couple years back. I think PVC this time will be easier to get a good 360 base. Will try the hot sand method and jig up a frame to bend the pipe. Plan for this one to sit on a 2 x 6 frame with eyelets or something to allow quick assembly of the tree branches using bungee cord for the tension. Iíll post the results in a couple weeks when complete.


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    I made the same type base for my mega tree last year, I used red pex pipe. 2 sections and 2 connectors and I was good to go, plus it’s pretty red color for the holidays.

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    What size pex? I had never thought about pex working outside before.
    Quote Originally Posted by yellowdog87 View Post
    I made the same type base for my mega tree last year, I used red pex pipe. 2 sections and 2 connectors and I was good to go, plus itís pretty red color for the holidays.

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    I used 3/4 but I would say any size would work.


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    Jon I have been trying to figure out how to do this too. I'm the fix it guy for a volunteer non profit and use pvc when nothing else will work but have found that spinning the pipe with a heat gun does not give me even heat over a wide enough area to let me get the consistent radius I want.

    I have considered nichrome element but have not been able to find something heat tolerant enough to use for the electrical insulation to isolate the element from the flex-conduit.

    Can you help me out with how you handled that part of the project? I would very much appreciate the help.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by medic511 View Post
    Jon I have been trying to figure out how to do this too. I'm the fix it guy for a volunteer non profit and use pvc when nothing else will work but have found that spinning the pipe with a heat gun does not give me even heat over a wide enough area to let me get the consistent radius I want.

    I have considered nichrome element but have not been able to find something heat tolerant enough to use for the electrical insulation to isolate the element from the flex-conduit.

    Can you help me out with how you handled that part of the project? I would very much appreciate the help.

    John
    Have you tried filling the PVC with hot sand? I've seen some videos where it worked great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medic511 View Post
    Jon I have been trying to figure out how to do this too. I'm the fix it guy for a volunteer non profit and use pvc when nothing else will work but have found that spinning the pipe with a heat gun does not give me even heat over a wide enough area to let me get the consistent radius I want.

    I have considered nichrome element but have not been able to find something heat tolerant enough to use for the electrical insulation to isolate the element from the flex-conduit.

    Can you help me out with how you handled that part of the project? I would very much appreciate the help.

    John
    The kind I used had its own heat resistant insulation. I think it was a woven fiberglass type of material. It was something like this:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-He...IAAOSwFD5fWS0I

    I just used a length that was 4 times the length of the flex conduit and folded it in half twice before pulling it thru.

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    I don't know the size you are talking but...

    I have a 360 tree and I use 3 pieces of 1/2 inch grey PVC conduit as the base. The conduit has a flared end so one piece mates to the next. I connect 3 pieces then bend one end around to the other and mate the 2 free ends. It is not stiff. It is springy and holds a good circle without any additional effort. At the end of the season, I disassemble the circle for easy storage. I do have to strain and grunt to do the first disconnect but the rest are easy. I suspect larger circles could be made with thicker conduit just fine.

    This obviously only works for a full circle

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