Friday, December 19, 2014

How to Make a Spiral Christmas Tree Using Christmas Tree Lights String

Spiral Light Trees
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:  
Aluminum metal stakes 
Cable tie 8-inch set
Compression Tee OD 1/2 inch
Diameter of a circle formula
Pole Driver (manual)
Lodge Pole Stakes 8 ft.  (1 pole per tree)
Metal stakes or Large Nails 6 to 8 inches
Mini Christmas LED Warm White 150-Count
PVC Pipe Cutter
Christy's Red Hot Blue Glue PVC Pipe Cement
Schedule-40 Ten feet water pipe
Sledge Hammer

Have you ever wondered how to make a simple Spiral Christmas tree with Christmas lights?
This post shows the thirteen steps on how to finish placing the lights on the frame of the Christmas tree.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows a drip hose 1/2 inside diameter by 5/8 outside diameter. After the base is placed on the ground, attach several metal stakes about two feet apart on the perimeter of the PVC drip hose base. Place the hook side on the pipe edge. These stakes will hold the base in place and act like an anchor for the tree. If the stakes are to small for the pipe use cable tie at least 8-inch long.
Fig.1 Drip Hose

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Step 2: What is the diameter of a circle? The diameter is two times of the radius or 2r. Below is the mathematical formula to arrive at the answer. You need this to know were to place the circular tree post.
d = 2r
d = 2(5)
d = 10
1/2 of D=5

Step 3: Place the lodge pole in the middle of the circle with a pole hammer. Fig.2 shows the lodge pole ready to use. Below Fig.3 and fig.4 shows a pole hammer and a metal sledge that could be used to hammer the lodge pole into the ground. Its a manual device, place the pole hammer over the top of the lodge pole and move up and down with a little force. This will drive the lodge pole into the ground. 
Fig,2 Lodge pole

Fig.3 Pole Hammer
Fig.4 Sledge Hammer
Step 4: Fig.2 actually shows the lodge pole into the ground and ready for use. Measure two feet on the lodge pole and drive the pole into the ground.
Step 5: Fig.5 shows that you can place two or three long decks screws on top of the pole. This set had its own top that held the tree lights in place.
Fig.5 Long deck screws

Step 6: Fig.6 shows a tree cup with the ends that holds all the wires in place. 
Fig.6 Tree top
Step 7: Another example is to use 1-5/8 X 1-3/8 Galvanized Steel Chain-Link Fence Line Post Loop Cap. Make sure the loop can handle multiple strands of lights. Add that part to the end of the pole. Screws may be needed to secure the loop cap in place.
Step 8: Fig.8 shows the use of Mini Christmas LED Warm White 150-Count Christmas lights. The top of the pole needs to managed all the light strands.  
Fig.8 Mini lamps
Step 9: Fig.9 shows the first strand of light going up to the top of the lodge pole. 
Fig.9 Drip base and first light strands
Step 10: Fig.10 shows the start the loop of lights at the base (near power supply) and turn many loops before the first light string is sent to the to of the lodge pole. It will take some time, try to evenly distribute each light strand around the circle and the pole. 
Fig.10 Start the loop of lights

Step 11: Fig.11 shows what the top of the cap should look like and fig.12 shows that the strands are coming together. Short trees about 20 strands, large trees about 40 strands. 
Fig.12 Tree top with lights
Step 12: Fig.13 shows the tree is finished. The difference is this tree has a schedule 40 base and is finished for the holidays.
Fig.13 Finished
Step 13: Fig.14 shows the Christmas trees come to life when lit up. This tree has all white lights, but many are full of color. This job is finished and the tree light kit is ready for many years to come. 
Fig.14 Two trees

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