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Old 11-14-2014, 12:37 PM   #821
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Oc,

When you make poles, what material do you use?

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He uses aluminum.

Many of us have also made them from galvanized conduit as well.

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:54 PM   #822
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Oc,

When you make poles, what material do you use?

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Approximately 0.105" wall alum tubing.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:59 PM   #823
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Approximately 0.105" wall alum tubing.
Thanks. Don't mistake my comment with dogging your brackets. They actually work great. The site I'm at slopes and I have my poles at full extension so that is probably part of it.

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Old 11-14-2014, 01:09 PM   #824
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Thanks. Don't mistake my comment with dogging your brackets. They actually work great. The site I'm at slopes and I have my poles at full extension so that is probably part of it. Steve
Not a problem, every thing has it's limits.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:07 PM   #825
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Hi all,

Finally got OC's brackets installed and so far the idea is terrific. The only problem I am encountering is using the 1-1/4" and 1" PVC electrical conduit for the legs. They don't seem real strong, in fact the tend to bend quite a bit especially when I snug the ratchet strap up. Has anyone else experienced this?? I'm sure if I used metal it would be better.

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We used a set of painters extension poles from Lowes. Cut off the plastic on both ends, capped them with copper end caps and drilled a couple of d-clip holes to secure the poles in the event of a "real" storm (normally, they "twist" to tighten and so far that has worked just fine for us - the holes are a insurance policy though)

They work great, look great (I painted them to match our rig) IMHO the only thing better are the "origional" poles OC was making (I *just* missed out on getting myself a set of those )
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #826
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We used a set of painters extension poles from Lowes. Cut off the plastic on both ends, capped them with copper end caps and drilled a couple of d-clip holes to secure the poles in the event of a "real" storm (normally, they "twist" to tighten and so far that has worked just fine for us - the holes are a insurance policy though)

They work great, look great (I painted them to match our rig) IMHO the only thing better are the "origional" poles OC was making (I *just* missed out on getting myself a set of those )

Before you cut off the threaded end of the painter pole try screwing on a painter pad. Makes for a great base to set on your patio mat with out punching holes in it.
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:34 AM   #827
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Hi all,

Finally got OC's brackets installed and so far the idea is terrific. The only problem I am encountering is using the 1-1/4" and 1" PVC electrical conduit for the legs. They don't seem real strong, in fact the tend to bend quite a bit especially when I snug the ratchet strap up. Has anyone else experienced this?? I'm sure if I used metal it would be better.

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I've had the electrical conduit support poles for at least 18 months. I have used them very often. I have found them to be very supportive with minimal flex. I recently used them at a very windy tailgate event and no one else around me could deploy their awning. If I over tighten them, I can see some flex, but they have done a great job protecting the awning from bouncing around.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:39 AM   #828
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So far, not enough folks willing to come to Concord to pick them up and I need to buy material for at least 10 sets to get the supplier to order and cut the tubing. I might even make some in FL if anyone wants to come to the Kissimmee area to pick them up.

Just a reminder I will pick some up from you if you make them.. Only 45 min away


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Old 11-17-2014, 06:39 PM   #829
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Not too late to get a kit for a stocking stuffer for Christmas. Use as a subtle hint to DH that you want him to make you a set of poles so you can leave the awning out and not have to run it in every time a gust of wind comes along.
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I'll drive to pick up a set of poles!
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