Have several things that I added this year. The first was the strip RGB lights you might have seen in an earlier blog (if not...scroll down to see those). With those strip lights, I wanted to put these on the dormer windows as well. The only issue there was the fact, I am not fond of heights. Also, I don't have a ladder tall enough to reach the top roof of the dormer windows. So I devised a way of making a frame made of pvc along with a "holder" in the middle of the frame. I had several pipes that were made of aluminum and long enough to reach the top of the dormer. Take a look at this picture but notice the little pipe pointing down at the top of the triangle of the dormer roof.
What I did was to take the pipe (wish I had taken a picture of this...), balance the whole frame on the end of the pipe you see in the bottom of the picture and pick up the whole frame. Then I just plopped it down on the roof.
You can see it actually hangs off the window. So what. It looks fine straight on and from the street. Go back and watch the videos or look at the picture gallery. You can't even tell ;-) In this next picture you can also see the standoffs I used. You can also see a better picture of the pipe that I used to hoist it up onto the roof. Take a look at the pipes off on the side. Those are adjustable. Look at the 2nd picture and you can see they are just snapped into place and can even be moved from the ground.
Those couplings are available, I believe from Lowes. I just found those to be tighter fit than cutting them. Just what ever diameter you are using, go through the department and look for this type of fitting...and try to snap it on. Might be easier than cutting one yourself.
Below is a video in taking this off the roof with the pipe. Real easy put up and take down.
Click on the September archive and then click on comments to see all of the 2009 display blogs. I am going to start blogging with a "Title" and also put the post into the blog so it can be archived by month. Should have done that to begin with. If you are new to this world of "Animated Displays", I suggest you not only read mine, but other blogs. They will help you learn NOT to make the same mistakes others have.