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#1 posted 03-05-2021 10:11 PM

I’d worry a bit about the long top rail sagging, PVC is quite flexible. The comment from Bob (ocean) about center bracing is spot on, per your 10’ length and say 3/4” PVC, I’d probably go with 2 or 3 braces in addition to the two end uprights.

Best bet if doing PVC is to buy the “contractor packs” of ten fittings from the big-box store, much cheaper that way and it sounds like you’ll need a bunch.

Using a “T” at the corners is a great idea, with short stubs of PVC pipe you can link the panels together in a straight line, or make your stubs with an elbow (create a square pen) or 45 deg. bend to make an 8-sided octagon.

I use a similar design to make a break-down fuming tent (4’x4’ cube) and it works excellent, though the fittings can easily get stuck onto the pipe since the fittings have a slight taper and sung up when the pipe is pushed into place.

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