Sunday, March 14, 2010
Outdoor Christmas Decorations for Copeland Christmas
Here is a closeup of the water rust discoloration on the globes. Last week, I dipped a globe in Rustaid and it cleaned up beautifully! So, we can re-use the globes!
The red duct tape we used to stripe the north poles has faded and begun to separate and peel off. So, the PVC will have to be replaced because I am not stripping all this tape off 16 poles.
The 3M hooks we used to hang the rope lights have rusted. These will need to be replaced.
The light sockets we used have held up well. We will reuse these fixtures. We can also reuse the cord and all the bulbs.
So, to update these north poles, we will have to purchase new 3" pipes and 16 new couplers. We will also need to purchase new paint/tape for the stripes. I have plastic hooks and zip ties for the rope lights.
A major upgrade is that we will not use rebar and concrete to anchor the north poles into the ground this time. Instead, we are experimenting with spray foam and rebar. We have a couple reasons for staying away from the concrete this time around. First, the concrete makes the north poles very heavy, so storage is cumbersome. Next, the north poles take a beating each year when we hammer them into the ground. If we just have to hammer rebar into the ground, then place the poles on top of the rebar, it will be much easier on both us and the north poles. Another option is to use flanges.