Christmas Star

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Project by Eric posted 12-03-2011 04:13 AM 1683 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this Christmas star last year from some 1×3, outlined it with lights and hoisted it 20 feet over the kids’ swingset. Well, I had to do better this year, right?

While the star is finished and made of wood, I think the real story of this project is the installation. For 2011, I thought I’d go higher. Thirty feet high as a matter of fact. To begin, I dug a hole behind the swingset sand area and archored a 4×4 post 16” deep in the ground. Next I ran a 5/8 hole through the base of the star “stem” and the 4×4 post. Next I pounded a LARGE allen wrench through both to serve as a pivot point. While I’m no Steve Ramsey ( behind the camera, I think the rest is best explained here….


-- Eric

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 09:00 AM

You took my punch line – Redneck Christmas lights, I am so glad nobody got hurt in the production of this episode.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 03:49 PM

I enjoyed the video. Several of my previous experiences came to mind and I had to laugh. Those of us who are “handy” always figure out a way to get-r-done.

I bet the kids were impressed and that’s what counts. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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