|Arbor made with PVC pipes and plastic lattice|
The base for the top consist of four (4) half inch PVC pipes using 1120 SDR which is more pliable than sched 40 and thinner.
Nine (9) 1 and 1/4 inch PVC sched 40 were cut from three (3) 10 foot PVC pipes bent and spaced evenly to form the "dome".
Ten (10) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 inch tees.
Four (4) 1 1/4 inch L's (elbows) for outside dome arches.
Four (4) 1 1/4 x 1/2 inch reducers used to reduce 1 1/4 inch diameter to 1/2 inch.
Sixteen (16) 1 1/4 inch tees
38 SS HEX HEAD TEK screws (more if you drop 'em and can't find them on the ground). It may be less expensive to buy the box since it may cost 60 cents/screw.
Cement for PVC pipes. Use cement on only one "strip" on the inside of tees and fittings. It is not necessary to have the arbor joints water proofed. This will be sufficient and will eliminate drips and you touching the cement and getting all gooey.
Two (2) 4 x 8 plastic lattice which are easy to carry in the car because of its flexibility
PVC pipe cutter
Drill for making pilot holes for fastening lattice with the screws
Level and Rule
Posthole digger and/or shovel
|Tee, Elbow, and Reducer|
The most important purpose for the arbor is to provide the vines with a sturdy structure to climb on and to allow easy access for us to harvest the grapes.
We constructed the two sides first, then the backside, and put them together. The construction took place elsewhere in the yard and was moved to its present location where the four corner poles were put about two feet into the ground. We don't want this to blow away.
My husband used a post hole digger and made sure they were equally deep into the ground. He used a level to make sure that the post did not lean but stood straight up. He also made sure that the sides and the backs were level.
The reason we made an arbor from PVC pipes is although wood is beautiful it will also rot in a few years.
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