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Old 02-26-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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1/4" aircraft cable for the supporting wire and currently bailers twine for the hops to grow up. Coir is hard to find here.

Cable rows are 150' long with two hop rows attached to the one row. What we are putting in this year will be 300' using 3/16" aircraft cable with only one row of hops attached to each cable row.

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Old 02-27-2013, 01:19 AM   #12
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What are you guys using for the end poles to attach the wire? I would like to get it as close to 18' high as possible. I am thinking either iron pipe or galvanized tubing like for a chain link fence set in the ground or concrete.

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Old 02-27-2013, 03:00 AM   #13
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I used 16' 4 X8 beams, cemented 2 feet into the ground. It only f=gives me 14' but it's been plenty so far. Maybe if it ever rains again it'll be too short but not yet. Ga;vanized tubing is too weak, if you can find some 2 7/8 oilfield tubing that will work and it comes in 30 foot joints.

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We are using trees. Strip the bark on the lower 4 feet, coat in foundation coating and put into the ground. Should last 10 + years if you pick a hardwood.

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thanks for your help guys! i'll try to post a pic when i have it all set up

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I use 4x4x18 and set 3' in gravet and wax the bottom.

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Are you using treated posts? Were you able to get the 4x4x18' at the lumber yard or have a mill cut them for you?

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Local lumbersuppLY.

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If you want something less permanent, I used 1 (free) 8ft tall telephone pole, buried about 3 ft in the ground, and a 8ft 6x6 post bought at a home improvement store for the two bases. To each of those I ratcheted in two metal U-shaped aluminum strapping, I can post a picture of it. Anyways I found some 12ft poles used for stair railing sold at any improvement store, which is flat on one side. When the hops are going up, I just slide the longer stair railing poles (with eyehooks at the end to guide the cable going across) through the aluminum straps and tighten them up. I take the longer poles out at the end of the year. Doesn't look too bad in the yard and held up well last year. Total height is like 16'. I have 4 mounds and 2 plants per mound.

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