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Thread: House Outline, limited power locations

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    Default Re: House Outline, limited power locations

    I had a team do the testing on the arches. 30 foot of 1" schedule 40 PVC can stand for months in high wind and rain, if you rebar it in the ground and guy line both sides. We had vans with stuff on top of their roofs drive through the arch tunnel and clear it (although they were not backing up). Extension cords can go right through 1" with no problem. 1 1/4" works as well, but at schedule 40 that tends to put a lot of stress on the couplers at 30 feet. If you go with a lower schedule, you can stick white or red AC's on the inside for Halloween, and they'll glow a dull glow. .
    However you need to bump up the diameter by 1/4".

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    Default Re: House Outline, limited power locations

    I'm assuming that 30 foot is 3, 10 feet sections coupled together? How wide were your arches?

    Still wife backing up is the most dangerous part of this along

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    Actually, if we dive down to the finer details, we bought 20" sections and cut off 8. That gave us 12+8+12, for a total of 32'. What you do when you drive in is align to the couplers. As long as you're under the couplers, you're fine. We had two extra feet of guardband because we had hundreds of cars--not just a couple. And we stationed volunteers (elves) inside, whom unbeknownst to the kids were there to make sure the cars stayed in the middle. We tried lots of different widths, but the one I think we ended up with was 17.5'. The structure is actually more solid as you compress (although you stress the couplers), but you need guy lines to stop it from flopping, and that takes 2-3 people to set up. Other hard-learned lesson:. do as much as you can early while it's on the ground, because later you'll need a ladder, and it's much harder. We tied guy lines on the couplers first, and then one man held onto the guy line as we assembled.

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