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Mega-Tree pole re-build question

Discussion in 'Mega, Mini, Spiral & Pixel Trees' started by heathwithnoteeth, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. heathwithnoteeth

    heathwithnoteeth Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    Howdy all...

    Due to last years debacle with our mega tree, I want to make sure the pole doesn't bend and can easily go up and down quickly.

    Is there a build link somewhere, where the pole has been done as a tilt-up?

    Would like to have a tilt up pole, without a winch if possible (but open to using a winch, as I already have one)

    Any pointers would be very appreciated....
     
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    I too am going for a rebuild - next year. I have 24 double up mega strings on my tree.
    Way too heavy to tilt lift, so next year a winch to wind it up will be on the drawing board.
     
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    IMG_1513.JPG I'm in the middle of frantically rebuilding my tree from last year, this year I'll post some more details. I know a little late for this year but it may help those planning for next year.
     
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    heathwithnoteeth Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    I think I have it all sorted now... will post build photos. :)
     
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    This is my Mega tree Topper,
    I rolled the Flat myself, and welded it together,
    I rolled two bit of flat the same, and the Boscoyo strip is between them and bolted together for extra support
    The centre bit was cut in half so I can remove it from the tree pole and I can leave the pixels attached.
    I can winch it up and down fairly effortlessly. I have glued Rubber on the inside so it slides better,

    Cheers Wendys
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    This is the Bottom ring of the Mega Tree, I bent a full length of 1 inch square tube.

    Got two larger bits of flat steel and welded a hinge between them, I welded the Mega Tree pole to one of the bits of steel so I can lift and lower the pole.

    I cut 32 bits of small flat steel, drilled them out for the J bolts and bent over and welded the to the bottom ring, I raised them up so I could adjust each string of lights individually with the 100mm J Bolts.
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    Mega Tree when almost completed,

    Welded bracing to the bottom that holds the hinged flat steel with the welded Mega pole.

    Once erected, I have bracing from 4 sides of the pole, I added turn buckles on the sides so I can adjust the pole either way incase the tree is on a slope.

    I attached a pulley at the top of the pole and run the steel cable from the winch over it and back down to a D Bolt thats welded to the back of the tree topper.

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    Wow, that looks awesome @Wendys :thumbsup:
    We're building a tilt up system for ours. It looks like it will be much stronger and easier to put up and down as needed. Hoping to finish next weekend
     
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    awesome job wendys! Did you buy a pipe bender? or have you got access to one to use?

    cheers
     
  12. Wendys

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    I purchased one.
    I made all the bases rings for my spiral trees also with it. Like the bunnings ones,

    When you lay the pole down, I can tap it with a hammer and the hinge comes apart so I can store it.
     
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    Totally awesome.
    you will have to come around and do my welding.
    I can't weld for nuts.
     
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    I only learnt this year because I had to build a Mega Tree, brought myself a little MIG Welder,

    Not that hard if I can do it,

    welding my Snowflakes was were I started.
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    The mini trees I made, Rolled the bottom ring, Welded 4 bits of rod, them welded wire around the tree,

    Have 5 meters of Strip on them,

    Yeah you can buy them, but its fun to DIY

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