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Lawrence Drive Lights - House Outline using Conduit & Bullet Pixels

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  1. LawrenceDriveLights

    LawrenceDriveLights Full Time Elf

    Jan 16, 2018
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    Hi all,
    not sure if this is the correct place to post this (if not please move to correct place).

    Following on from my Build Thread here is how I did my house outline.

    I copied other peoples ideas of using 25mm conduit and drilling holes to suit the 12mm bullet type pixels.

    I started making a jig to help hold the conduit to use with my drill press and a 12mm spade drill bit.

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w6fgptnltcu5rec/Photo%2018-8-18%2C%207%2050%2008%20pm.jpg?dl=0

    Not the best picture but hopefully you can see whats going on

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g5fe3xeqp8p5cgb/Photo%208-1-18%2C%208%2043%2059%20am.jpg?dl=0

    One thing I did find after using a 12mm spade bit for the holes I had to drill a slightly larger hole in the back of the conduit as a relief for the back larger part of the bullet pixel (sorry no picture).

    I have also seen pictures of other people using a step drill to do the holes, but I had the 12mm spade bit in the drill box so thats what I went with.

    I then decided to paint the conduit so it would blend it a little with the reddish bricks of my house (I just used some cheap generic spray paint, its not the best but should be ok)

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jepjfytn7fqwxgp/Photo%206-1-18%2C%2011%2028%2056%20am.jpg?dl=0

    My house outline consists of ;

    Upper roof pitch


    Across the top of the Planter boxes.

    Like this

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l5a4nmus4ifj8dp/My%20Layout%20V1.jpg?dl=0

    Each side of the roof pitch is approx. 5400mm I went with 75mm pixel spacing so it is about 72 pixels each side.

    So for ease of handling and installation etc I went with two pieces of conduit for each side of the roof pitch and using a conduit joiner to well join them together.

    I did also fit a hook to each end of the conduit that met at the peak of the roof pitch and I plan to use some cable ties and screw in some small cable tie mounts to lower edge of the timber roof pitch) Sorry no picture of this yet.

    I have done a trial fit and it seems to work ok

    The outer sides of the house are about 1800mm from the tops of the planter boxes to the roof,again I went with 75mm pixel spacing so about 23 pixels for each wall.

    Then I did the planter boxes, similar to roof pitch, two pieces of conduit for each planter box for ease of handling, there are approx 4050mm wide, so again with 75mm spacing 54 pixels.

    Next was the doorway, so either side of the doorway and across the top
    Each side approx 2025mm from top of the planter box to the top of doorway (27 pixels) and approx 1500mm across the top (20 pixels).

    So after much drilling, make the pixels strings to length, soldering pigtails on etc my outline was done.

    I then looked around for a way to attache the walls and doorway conduit without having to drill holes into my uses brickwork.

    I noticed when reading @David_AVD da_share website he mentioned about using "Brick Clips"


    So I ordered some and they arrived and I did a test fit, looks like they will work ok as well

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ycgwphhczzwm3dn/Photo%2015-3-18%2C%2011%2053%2043%20am.jpg?dl=0

    Here is a picture of the doorway

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2eztsudv34d14m/Photo%2015-3-18%2C%2011%2053%2025%20am.jpg?dl=0

    The upper section of conduit is for something else (update on this to come later)

    So that 's my basic house outline done for Phase 1 so to speak.

    Outline Phase 2

    Then as my display ideas started to grow I wanted to do the outline of the small garden bed in the centre of my front lawn.
    Now this is a funny kidney shaped garden bed put in by previous owners (I would have done a square garden bed, but you make do with what you have).

    I was after something to allow me again to use bullet pixels to go around the perimeter of the garden bed, now conduit wasn't go to work.

    So I thought I would try something maybe a little different for this and tied some 25mm thin walled Black Poly Irrigation Tube (I had some left over from installing a self watering system for the backyard).

    Similar to this

    Again I drilled 12mm holes with a 12mm spade bit and as this was thin walled tube the 12mm bullet pixels pushed in easily with no relief on the back required.

    It ended up like this
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/uqbrr82vkn2n84j/Photo 25-6-18, 10 01 49 am.jpg?dl=0

    Also it allowed me to roll it up for storage.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/y6gox1pz13mmyzb/Photo 25-6-18, 10 01 35 am.jpg?dl=0

    Specs are
    Approx length 10m
    With 75mm pixel spacing 143 pixels for the garden bed outline
    12 Volt pixels.
    To secure this in place around the garden bed I will use some plastic garden stakes and cable tie the polly tube to
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    Here is a pic of the garden bed outline all rolled up for storage.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/y6gox1pz13mmyzb/Photo 25-6-18, 10 01 35 am.jpg?dl=0

    Note: I am power injecting at the end of this garden bed outline.

    Next was the fence outline
    Update to come.
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  2. David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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    Nice work on the painted conduit. It really blends in well. :)
  3. TassyDevil

    TassyDevil New Elf

    Jul 10, 2018
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    How long did it take to drill the holes in the conduit? I am thinking of doing the same.
  4. OP

    LawrenceDriveLights Full Time Elf

    Jan 16, 2018
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    Quick update;
    Did a "trial fit" of the other house outline elements (eaves and the planter boxes)

    Using a hook I screwed into the underside of the park of the eaves and a hook in the ends of the conduit to make fitting easier, then going to cable tie the conduit in place with cable tie months screwed into the underside of the eaves.

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jm5i9my68jbcsmj/Photo%2010-10-18%2C%202%2006%2040%20pm.jpg?dl=0

    Here is a pic with half of one side fitted to the eaves (the conduit is paint ed red so helps it blend into the bricks)

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/658dys6a7rad2p7/Photo%2010-10-18%2C%203%2009%2038%20pm.jpg?dl=0

    Also quickly made some mounting bracket's for the conduit to fit along the edge of the planter boxes

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q60sx8vcckaklej/Photo%2010-10-18%2C%2011%2040%2022%20am.jpg?dl=0

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6vcuy7drb48nq9s/Photo%2010-10-18%2C%2011%2042%2054%20am.jpg?dl=0

    This is how the planter boxes will look

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l9nrskmbir1ps7d/Photo%2010-10-18%2C%2011%2059%2023%20am.jpg?dl=0
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