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Old 01-30-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default What do you use for poles?

I'm trying to come up with a simple one-string pole system. I wanted to put a pole on either side of the plant, then run twine down from the top of the pole to the bine (then have the bine run up the twine). ...starting to sound like Dr. Seuss.

Anyway, I'm trying to find the tallest, most economical poles I can. I was looking at 20-25 foot flag poles, but even the "econo" models are like $250. Any ideas? I'd like it to be sturdy, maintenance free, and as cheap as possible.

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Old 01-30-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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Have you tried rigid electrical conduit? It's pretty cheap....edwort used it for his. Do a search for texas hop garden and I think you'll find it.

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Old 01-30-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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Chain link fence top rails. The rails nest in to each other (I'd still make sure to pin it) and then you can bury a fence post (hollow steel) and just place your pole in that for growing season, take it down for winter.

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I use 4x4 pressure treated lumber. Some people track down used utility poles. I've seen EMT and 2" PCV used. I may be harvesting a couple dead Douglas Firs to replace my 4x4s, lots of snow damage last month.

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+1 on chain link fence top rail. They work great. Got mine at lowes for cheap.

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Go into my picts. I got them from the local sawmill (Sierra Pacific ind) for about $35 each they are 24' tall and 10"-12" dia at the bottom.
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Damn J what kind of yield are you looking to get from that size crop? Looks freaken awesome though, I wish I had that kind of space.

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Damn J what kind of yield are you looking to get from that size crop? Looks freaken awesome though, I wish I had that kind of space.
We will get 60# a year. 20#ea of 3 kinds.
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We will get 60# a year. 20#ea of 3 kinds.
If you quit growing hops you can donate the poles to the local Scottish Games for Cabers.
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