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    Default My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    So here's pics of the first attempt:



    Then there was the second attempt:



    I don't think it's supposed to be this dense:



    Third attempt is better:



    Here's the view from about 10 feet away:



    Is that about right?
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    Default Re: My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    So question for the experts out there... Is the density of the cabling on the third try (just above) the appropriate spacing? Should there be that much open space between the rounds of cables?

    Just want to make sure this is better before I start the next ones.

    Thanks for your input!!!
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    Default Re: My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    Scott,
    Give me a call then drop by my storage area. I'll show you how mine are made. It might help you decide.
    Al

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    Default Re: My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    I like how Denny did his. Maybe he can post a pic for us.
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    Default Re: My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    Thanks Vic. My opinion on the mini trees is they can be anything you want them to be. I think the key to getting a good look is to have the lights as evenly spread around as possible. I used 200 minis for each of my 2' trees and although they are not as dense as some, they get the point across just fine.

    The idea I had when I made them was to produce a miniature mega-tree by stringing them from the top bottom. One thing I learned was that due to the small size, you really can't see the "lines" of lights. They still look somewhat random. The best part of my design is I could add longer screws and string them with at least two more colors, for a multi-channel mini-tree. I also plan to make 8 more with the same bases, but make them at least 3 feet tall.

    Here are some pictures of them being made. To mount them, all I do is drive some 1/2" rebar in the ground and drop the pipe over the rebar. Very sturdy for high wind. I have been making all my custom items with PVC pipe and rebar mounting.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -minitrees-1.jpg   -minitrees-2.jpg   -minitrees-3.jpg   -minitrees-4.jpg   -minitrees-5.jpg  

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    Default Re: My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    Scott -

    I think Denny did overkill on his, but it's his display, he gets to do it the way he wants. I do have to admit my display didn't get into any newspapers or on the main Yahoo.com page, though.

    If you're happy with them, that's what counts. There is no "right way" or "wrong way" to do those.....uh, ok, there is a wrong way, but from what I can tell from the pictures, you're not likely to electrocute anyone.

    The pictures don't do your work justice. You need someone to view them real-time in person.

    Suggestion: Put it outside and ask your neighbors to look at it. OK, they'll realize you're crazy. That's a given; most addicts are. But this will accomplish a couple of things:
    1.) answer your question real time by someone who isn't so closely personally involved int it, so you'll get a better answer, and
    2.) get them interested so maybe you can do a multi-house display, if not this year, next year,, and
    3.) you'll find out now if they're going to object to it. If they don't object now (other than "it's way too early!") then you can remind them about that later if they object during the display system that they agreed to it at this time.

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    Default Re: My trees ain't pretty, but it's getting there...

    I agree with Jack, your way is the best way. They don't have to be perfect. Last year I bent a 4 foot wire into a V and turned them (16) upside down, stuck em in the ground and wrapped them with lights. They really looked great too. I always look for ease in maintenance, when a string blows and they will, how long will it take me to restring it? This is why I'm leaning towards something like Denny's design, they look easy to rewrap in a pinch. With your design, upside down tomatoe cages, you could just make up a spare one to have on hand, ready to go in case of a string burnning out. At any rate, yours look a heck of alot better than what I went with last year. I can't wait to see your display this year.

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