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    I'm not running pixels, but a regular strand tree is the same concept. We have been using a 1 1/2" (I think, could actually be a bit bigger) for over 10 years with no issues. Our tree is about 18' high and even on the most windy of days is extremely solid.
    I'm convinced our secret, in addition to the emt, is having 3 guy wires off the top of the tree and 3 guy wires attached to the middle. I remember when I was researching building it, seeing a large amount of pictures of trees that collapse along the center of pole. With the additional wires in the center of ours, it's been really solid.
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    Have you thought about portable hole/ASAP Pole setup? Has worked well in North East winters here 6 years so far. I use one guy wire but don't think it's really needed. Pole is rock solid and has held up well through wind/snow storms . I also use a 6 layer star topper that I attach using metal conduit pinned into the ASAP pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barlav View Post
    Have you thought about portable hole/ASAP Pole setup? Has worked well in North East winters here 6 years so far. I use one guy wire but don't think it's really needed. Pole is rock solid and has held up well through wind/snow storms . I also use a 6 layer star topper that I attach using metal conduit pinned into the ASAP pole.

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    Ditto!

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    Thank you all for the advice! Given my late start this year I’ll order I topper and save this for last in case I run out of time to really do a solid job with proper piping etc. I’m also considering shortening to 10ft as I do have a fairly sloped yard. On the portable hole setups, yes, I looked those and they look awesome! What do folks do with them in the off season? Has anybody considered using a portable basketball hoop base (that you fill with water) as a similar alternative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstang1988 View Post
    Thank you all for the advice! Given my late start this year I’ll order I topper and save this for last in case I run out of time to really do a solid job with proper piping etc. I’m also considering shortening to 10ft as I do have a fairly sloped yard. On the portable hole setups, yes, I looked those and they look awesome! What do folks do with them in the off season? Has anybody considered using a portable basketball hoop base (that you fill with water) as a similar alternative?
    Looking for one of those plastic fillable parts just now I came across this. https://basketballprobase.com/

    I wonder how well that would work for the pole and then still use lines.

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    I actually use a Christmas tree stand to fill the role of your basketball base. It lets anything 1 1/4" go through the hole, to the ground, it's outdoor-worthy, and it provides a lot of ballast. It also makes aesthetic sense. Between that and the rebar, my tree has been standing up pretty solid through the weather, even when the strands' anchors fail. I've had other props blow halfway across the yard, but my tree hasn't even blinked.

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    My suggestion would be an ASAP pole 2"OD with 1 1/2"inner rod and a very good guy wire set up. This thing is a sail and you need to treat it like one.
    Your tree will be 16.6 feet tall plus your topper height. Your topper should be at least 1 foot in diameter and should have at least 32 holes. You will need holes on the back side to stabilize the pixel straps. At some point you may not be satisfied with 180 degree tree. I wasn't and went to 240 degrees (32 strings on 48 holes). I built my own topper out of 1/2" aluminum because it was the only way I would get what I wanted. I used tent bungees to keep the straps taught. It will be important that your ring and pole be square so that everything is lined up. If you are on flat ground, I would also consider the portable hole. Makes your setup easier. Good Luck!
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