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Old 09-02-2014, 04:57 PM   #601
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Thank You!

Can't wait to get them up!!

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Old 09-02-2014, 09:45 PM   #602
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In 68 pages of posts I forget who first came up with the painters poles, but KUDOS! They hardly weigh a thing. Except where I was at they had small, medium, large, and you GOT to me kidding me

The $33 price quote helped to confirm the size I thought would work best. Thanks for that as well.

I'm not sure if I completely trust the little thumb spring, but worst case you can always drill through and insert a quick release clip, yeah.

The only thing I couldn't find were the foot plates, so I didn't pick up any quick release pins for those, but I did find some rubber slip on covers for the lower brackets. Just thought they might cut down on the lateral wear and tear while out on the road. Then again, I have no experience traveling with them in the "stowed" position so that might turn out to be a bogus idea.

Any help on where to locate the facsimile foot plates? Lightweight and small would be my preference, but the heavier looking plates with the 4 stake holes I would be happy with as well until I make it back home and can fabricate my own if need be. I'm waiting on just one more mail item to add to my "mod box" before I hit the road, so I won't have the time until I meander back around.

I do kind of prefer having the diagonal tie downs for the 3 point stability.

Thanks as well to Thurb for the quick tips. Much appreciated!
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:50 PM   #603
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I described the feet I used back on page 65:

Awning pole hold down kit

Though that was for the PVC Conduit approach, not the the painter poles approach, so it might not work.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:58 PM   #604
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Still have kits ready to ship. PM for details.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:03 PM   #605
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We're about to add "self retracting" ratchet straps to ours, so there'll be no more rolling up the straps for storage.
Smart Straps Retractable Ratchet Tie-Downs 6ft.L, 1500-Lb. Capacity, 4-Pack, Green, Model# 468 | Ratchet Tie-Down Straps| Northern Tool + Equipment

(thanks OC for finding some *much* cheaper than the ones we were about to buy...they were twice as much as these)
HEY those things rock and they are GREEN
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:23 PM   #606
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I described the feet I used back on page 65:

Though that was for the PVC Conduit approach, not the the painter poles approach, so it might not work.
Thanks Kaadk!! Those are 1 1/4 and should work if I remove the rubber "handle" fixture (?). I intended to anyway, but I've been trying to keep my options open. That's more of what I had in mind.

I'm assuming that was an online purchase? I've made note of the mfg and item number.

I may just toss a "lego block" under the ground mounts and figger out something long term later though. I'm getting a bit antsy and I'm already past a couple of "last expected mail" dates.

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:09 PM   #607
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Thanks Kaadk!! Those are 1 1/4 and should work if I remove the rubber "handle" fixture (?). I intended to anyway, but I've been trying to keep my options open. That's more of what I had in mind.

I'm assuming that was an online purchase? I've made note of the mfg and item number.

I may just toss a "lego block" under the ground mounts and figger out something long term later though. I'm getting a bit antsy and I'm already past a couple of "last expected mail" dates.

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Nope, Home Depot. Right by the other joints, elbows and adapters for the PVC conduit.



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I think we're gonna go with the next size up....14' instead of 6'.

Sometimes (as in the pic I posted) we have to angle out a ways to get past the concrete pad and 6' won't be enough.
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Thanks Kaadk!! Those are 1 1/4 and should work if I remove the rubber "handle" fixture (?). I intended to anyway, but I've been trying to keep my options open. That's more of what I had in mind.

I'm assuming that was an online purchase? I've made note of the mfg and item number.

I may just toss a "lego block" under the ground mounts and figger out something long term later though. I'm getting a bit antsy and I'm already past a couple of "last expected mail" dates.

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IIRC someone *did* do a lego block foot. They glued a piece of PVC to the lego block and the poles set into that.
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Can't wait to get them up!!

Yarome,

They truly ARE the best mod you can make, IMO.

We got two of the last sets of poles OC made and sold, but I'm sure the following will be true even with your own poles:

I was hanging awning lights, standing on a short step/ladder stool. I lost my balance and would have fallen if not for the fact that I grabbed on to a pole. Pole didn't budge...saved me from a fall.

Once you put those straps and earth anchors on, those awnings are SOLID!
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