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Discussion in 'How is my display put together...' started by AussieDoug, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. AussieDoug

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    So after trying to figure out what I was going to throw out of my shed so fit all my strip lights in there once mounted onto conduit, I came up with this idea. I still need to put a bit of shade cloth over the top between the shed & retaining wall so they're not in direct sunlight.
    They are 150mm stormwater pipe cut @ 1 x 7.5m, 6m, 4.5m, 3.5m & 2.5m
    This was not a cheap option for those on a budget.

    Pipe $75 per 6m length
    End caps $15 ea
    Threaded ends $15 ea
    Threaded caps $15 ea
    Mounting brakets $12 ea
    Total $610

    Not having it in my shed.........Priceless
     

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    firebug Senior Elf

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    Great job Doug. I was thinking of doing something similar with 100mm sewer pipe and storing it under the house. Also I will be writing an inventory on the cap of what's inside... :)
     
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    Kaden Pixels! I need more pixels!

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    Good idea Doug, not cheap as you said, but still a good option!
     
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    Doug,

    Great idea. When I first looked at it I was wondering why it had to be such big diameter and how you would pull the strips through a 6m length. Then I realised that you would be storing then whilst still attached to the conduit. Do you have any trouble with the zippy ties catching on each other as you put them in.

    How do other people store their conduit strips? Obviously you can lay them on the ground or a shelf but do people have trouble with rodents chewing them. Or do people take them off the conduit and roll them up each year.
     
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    Tis a really awesome idea :)

    I have just put brackets up in our garage on the wall and stacked them all on there. Literally threw them up there at the end of the season. I just had to get them all down as I re-designed my layout so had to change all the wiring on them. I was dreading finding out whether they went or not but hey presto, they all went :)

    I would rather do what Doug has done though, except maybe 2 x huge diameter tubes, that way can store them outside like Doug :)
     
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    I would be bundling them together first before sliding them in... :)
     
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    good thinking Firebug. Yet again I am (at least) one step behind. :)
     
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    Yeah I will just split them up into the lengths of the storage pipes then either tape or zip tie them together & try put them all in there in one go. Hopefully that way I can't loose any down the other end then...
     
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    Maybe I got caught in the same time warp eddy did where new posts had not all shown.


    This is a great idea. I've got a pole building with 5' of space between it and the neighbors. The skin is screwed on so I can remove a screw and put a removable style zip tie with a screw eye and zip up the tubes.


    We have a S&D type white pipe that is less expensive here in the States.


    Alan
     
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    Your a bit more organised than me. I just have mine piled up along the side of the garage behind my other elements which are leaning against the garage wall. The great thing about using strip and conduit is that its easy to store and doesnt take a large footprint to store.
     
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    Ended up going with Dougs way :)

    Got this from a friend $150 cash. Have stored all my house outline (strip attached to conduit). He welded a cap on one end and the other end also has a removable cap. Its 6m long and 40cm diameter. Have since moved it from this place to down the side fence, much nicer.

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    That's a big bit of pipe there Shell
     
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    After seeing your display Shell, I still can't believe you fit all your strip in that pipe, even though it is a big pipe!!
     
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    I have all my conduit mounted lights hanging in the roof of the garage. I can still power them up and play with effects if I want. I have strips of velcro cable tie screwed into the joists so that the strips are easy to put up and take down.
     
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    I would have liked to have done that JPB but our garage is a "working garage" in that hubby has all his lawnmowing business equipment in there. I did have it on the side wall but it was a lot of clutter and there was some bowing when hanging up like that. Also a lot of dust/grass in the garage as well, not so good for lights.

    The only conduit I dont have in the pipe is the megatree stuff Bundy, it would fit but it weighs quite a bit so didnt want to put it on top of the others. That still sits nice and tidily on the garage wall in a big material sleeve (24 lengths of 2.5m).
     

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