cheezydemon said:Yeah....how would you propose harvesting from a telephone pole? I know that the phone guys do it all the time, but they wear special harnesses and don't spend hours tediously harvesting cones 1 foot at a time. Sounds dangerous!
The pipe/pole material doesn't matter if you attach strings/ropes to the top and running them down to the ground. The hops will have no problem climbing in that setup...Arneba28 said:what about unfinished railing poles from Home Depot? long as hell 2.5" diameter..rough wood. can you grow on PVC piping (dont even know if that will work) cheap as hell and as long as you want!
Ps. great thread. a hobby that your not considered crazy asking where to buy telephone poles lol
Forget the TP poles, IMO, too dang big a dimater and too dang tall.killian said:Im not sure what pvc I used last year but around harvest it started to bend, it was 12ft and way to short I needed probably another 4ft at least, .
my idea with the poles. hook up a cable running run it from the ground at one end of the poles, through a pulley at the top of the pole, to the other pole with a pulley on top, then to the ground. attaching wires every 5ft or so for the hops to grow on.
I've seen teepee designs using 3 sticks of EMT smashed at one end with a bolt run threw them.aekdbbop said:anyone try conduit? i am looking at going 8 feet up or so, and run line between two polls..
I posed this idea to another hop group. I was told to be careful due to the way trees flex in winds. This could destroy/break a vine. One person told me:killian said:I might be able to run the cable between two trees
I like your design... but id have to modify it for graded land. (I'm on a slope) Probably add in some slanted supports for helping with swaying in the wind. I would also probably add pulleys for the lines with hops and have them tied down on the poles. This trellis would be surrounded by trees making it hard for it to hit a house but also sadly shaded a bit. Makes me want to chop some trees down.pjj2ba said:Yup, you want them to grow on strings, not the poles themselves. I used schedule 80 PVC for my uprights and am quite pleased. The regular white PVC (schedule 40 or 20) is too flexible.
Think of all the stuff you've bought to make beer, and then ask yourself if a bobcat is *really* that far out of the question? Besides wouldn't this be a great excuse to at least rent one?GilaMinumBeer said:Besides that, how do you plan to erect a TP pole? A skid steer auger and a crane?
I used regular schedule 40 for the connectors - way cheaper.DeadDoc said:What type of line is recommended for the bines to grow up on?
Edit... wow those cost on schedule 80 is much higher. Can you use schedule 40 for the connectors?
How does that hold up to the wind?Shovhed1 said:3/4" galvanized steel electric conduit. cheap, light, strong, can be easily welded. $4 for a 10' length at home depot