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    Iím thinking of doing a mega tree this year, does anyone know of a commercially available top ring that will either slide down or clamp around an existing flagpole. I think the diameter where I need to put it is either 1.75Ē inches or 2.14 inches depending on how high I go.

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    You might want to consifer if your flagpole is strong enough to be a tree? After watching my 1.5" schedule 40 steel tree mast snap in half this year, it makes me really appreciate the stresses on a megatree.

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    I think it’s plenty strong, I’ve had it up with 2 4x6 Plans in 60+ mph winds with no ill effects, it’s rated for 95 MPH winds with 1 4x6 flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DENNISMZ View Post
    I think itís plenty strong, Iíve had it up with 2 4x6 Plans in 60+ mph winds with no ill effects, itís rated for 95 MPH winds with 1 4x6 flag.

    Dennis
    Do you get snow wherever you are? Wet snow sticking to your pixels can easily add hundreds of pounds to your tree. And donít underestimate the weight of the pixels. They are way heavier than a few flags, and plow around just as much.

    That being said Iíve got no idea what kind of flagpole you have. Or how big of a tree youíre planning. All Iím saying is not to underestimate the forces involved in a megatree. Or the power of Mother Nature acting on it.


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    No snow, I’m thinking about a 12 ft tree, I have a 25 ft flagpole, 3” bottom diameter, it’s pretty strong.
    This is the flagpole I have: https://www.libertyflagpoles.com/col...oping-flagpole
    Dennis Z, Pipe Creek

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    I used a similar flag pole from harbor freight this year. I made a 1/8 aluminum circle piece for the top with a hole in the center and 16 hole over the 180 degree front. I unscrewed the gold ball at the top and used a bolt to attach the aluminum circle. I added pixel strips 16X50 and used bungee balls at the bottom. telescope the flag pole up until strips were straight. used a couple of guide wires and it worked out great. we do not get snow here, but it did survive a few good rain storms.

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    I have a pole from Menards and have been hanging 14 - 50 count C7 LED strings from it for the past few years. Probably a lot less weight than pixels.

    For my topper I cut out a circular piece of plywood, then cut a hole in it for the pole. I picked up some machine threaded hooks that I bolted on.

    To keep it from sliding I picked up a rubber pipe coupler from the plumbing section. Basically a rubber sleeve that I tighten with a pipe clamp. The plywood then sits on top of that.

    Not the most elegant solution but works for my tree. I plan to build a Pixel tree for 2019 but will likely build a pole for it as I will probably keep the existing ďdumbĒ tree.


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    I use a 25ft telescoping flag pole for a small mega tree (15ft). I use a pvc end cap with hooks screwed directly into the pvc. The end cap is slightly larger than the pole so I used foam weather stripping to give it a slightly tighter fit and that with the weight of the lights keep it in place very well, however a simple eye bolt could be screwed in and used as a tension bolt if I felt I needed it. I run my lights up and over the hooks and use tent stakes to stake the light strands directly to the ground. I use led light strands, not pixels so not sure if what I do would work or not for you. (I'm a newbie, only 2 years in on a limited budget, one day would like a pixel tree.)

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