I finally built my mega tree. It isn't as tall or as well light lit (only 16 strands) as other but its a good start. I sourced all of my items at Lowes.
1- 10ft 3" pvc pipe
1- 3"-2" pvc adapter
1- 5ft 2" pvc pipe, cut down to around 3.5ft
1- vinyl post jacket for 4x4 posts (thanks to bisceg for the idea)
1- box of white hooks
1- box of lawn staples
16- boxes of 22ft xmas lights (can be attached 8 strings together)
2- 50ft cords
2- bags of cement
1- wood bun foot (you can find this in the stair building section)
1- spare 2x2 wood cut to around 18"
So I dug the hole and buried a 3ft section of the vinyl jacket
I combined the 3"pvc pipe and the adpater together, and glued the 2" pipe to the top. The pole is very light, perhaps less than 20lbs.
The 3" pipe fits exactly into the vinyl jacket, so I can take it out with ease
[img width=360 height=480]http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7444.jpg[/img]
The bun foot is predrilled 16x and I had screwed the hooks in place. The 2x2 is glued and nailed to the bottom and the corners sanded down so I can easily remove this from the pole
The primary pieces inserted into the jacket
[img width=360 height=480]http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/victor-eyd/megatree%20backyard/100_7442.jpg[/img]
The next part is easy, just start hanging 16 strands of xmas lights- I got them last year for under $1 each. Next year I might consider going LED or more likely, vixen light show integration
All finished, happy holidays!