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Old 06-02-2009, 08:52 PM   #21
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Looks like a threaded "T". Looks like an old radar installation. Nice job.
yeah, that would make sense, except that he said he used chain link fence post, which is not typically threaded...
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:29 PM   #24
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yeah, that would make sense, except that he said he used chain link fence post, which is not typically threaded...
True, it's not.
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The T joint was a bit of a problem. The first thing that I did was to get a T joint from a plumbing store that fit the cross bar as snugly as I could find.
If you remember the vertical bar is a smaller diameter that fits inside the cross bar, so i made two "neck pieces" from the larger diameter tube and fit them around the smaller vertical piece.

Then I put the T joint on, which now fit pretty snugly (but still some wiggle room). To get rid of the wiggle room I pushed the vertical tube up against the horizontal T bar, drilled a hole and ran a bolt through that essentially pinned the T bar against the top of the T joint. The crossbar is still a touch loose, it twists but doesn't move laterally very easily.

The drawings are not really to scale and I am sure if you had a machine shop you could do a lot better but this was done on the cheap.

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I would love to. I promote organic growing methods as much as people will listen and would jump at the chance to get out into a large scale production, Hell, it isn't even that far away but alas, I am what you could call "in between jobs" right now so travel has been limited to the mountains around here. If you run the program again next year and I have a bit of notice I would be all over it.

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thanks ander - you always go the super-detailed route. interesting technique for getting around the whole fitment/non-threaded issue. very resourceful.

however...in my haste, i decided to pull out my little wire welder and see if i could still lay down some beads. it worked.

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I snapped a few pictures and thought that I would share, got some burrs recently so bring on the hops!

chinooks by the house, mostly for looks


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Anderj,

Great looking setup. I've been doing tons of research on trellis designs and was planning on a similar approach before finding your plans here. I've browsed the hardware stores and I've been checking out the 10' conduit pipes. They seem super strong and really skinny, and have threaded ends to attach pieces together. I think I could get by with a 1/2" pipe and use a 3/4" pipe as the base that is driven into the ground. I haven't checked out the fencing posts yet so I may take a look at them as well.

I do have one question that I've been trying to figure out the best solution for. How do you get the hops down? I don't want to have to be that high on a ladder so I want to be able to lower the hop plants.

Do you just undo the cables from the anchors at the ground and just let the hops drop to the ground?

One way I was thinking was just having some extra slack on the end of the line that is anchored, and when I want to let them down, just undo it from the anchor, slowly let out some slack until they are low enough to reach, then tie it to the anchor again at the new length, pick the hops that are ready, then raise it back up and reanchor. I don't think this would require a pulley at the top, but just an eye screw thing at the top of the pole for the line to move through.

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