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    Default Mega Tree bottom ring

    I'm currently in the preliminary stages of constructing my mega tree. I purchased some Sch. 40 3/4" PVC for some of my display items this past weekend, and I decided to start thinking about my mega tree's bottom ring. I then noticed this stuff doesn't bend very well. What type of PVC is used on the bottom ring to get it to bend into a decent circle shape? Is it the grey conduit with the flange on one end that I need?

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    sam i taped up one end of mine and very carefully filled it with hot water about 240degrees and when it softened i bent it into a circle and used nylon string to hold it in shape till it cooled i used gray sch 40 1 inch i used the screw in mobile home anchors if you use these screw them in at the same angle as your guy wires if screwed in straight down you might see some movement in and out in a stiff wind if you you use 3 guys make sure thay are 120 degrees apart im goning to use 4 this year at 90 degrees apart
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    Yep, conduit.
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    I think they call it EMT. It's a much better choice than PVC. And one end comes flared out so you don't need extra couplings. Be sure to put some non-petroleum type lubricant in the flare tho. They are a bear to get apart without lube. I just use one simple self tap screw to hold the coupling in place and then it come apart real simple for storage. Just number your connections for reassembly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidcole View Post
    I think they call it EMT.... Be sure to put some non-petroleum type lubricant in the flare tho. They are a bear to get apart without lube. ....
    Put a saw kerf (one saw blade) in the end of your conduit (not the socket but the straight end) and it will pull apart easily.
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    Alright, sounds like another trip to Lowes is needed. Thanks for the help.

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    Sam -

    Set it up, play with some sequencing. You'll do yourself a favor.

    And make sure that conduit isn't the metal type!

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    I don't have any of the tree done yet. I'm going to begin work on the center pole shortly, and hopefully have the controller when the group buy occurs (I'm a little worried, but not as much as Denny at this point). The next month will be working on the main support, I'm attempting to make it modular in height so that I can go from 8-20 feet depending on where the tree is located without building or modifying the tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpurser View Post
    sam i taped up one end of mine and very carefully filled it with hot water about 240degrees and when it softened i bent it into a circle and used nylon string to hold it in shape till it cooled i used gray sch 40 1 inch i used the screw in mobile home anchors if you use these screw them in at the same angle as your guy wires if screwed in straight down you might see some movement in and out in a stiff wind if you you use 3 guys make sure thay are 120 degrees apart im goning to use 4 this year at 90 degrees apart

    Where did you get your mobile home anchors? It looks like a good way to hold the hoop. I had Ts on the hoop at regular intervals that I put PVC pipe into and then put that over rebar that I drove into the ground. It was a pain and the hoop pulled up. Your anchors looks to be far superior and easier too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    Put a saw kerf (one saw blade) in the end of your conduit (not the socket but the straight end) and it will pull apart easily.
    I like that ! I'll do it this year before assembly ...
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    i got the tie downs from lowes of course the eyes to slide the tubing tru is from my junk pile of parts

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    yes i just used a 2 foot pvc handle and screwed them right in

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpurser View Post
    yes i just used a 2 foot pvc handle and screwed them right in
    Real men use steel.
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    real men use what ever is handy

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    I don't use anything, I don't have a ring.
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