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    but enough about me hppyfngy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I think that trunk latch will pull apart very quickly. It has very little strength.
    I agree with this. I think the notion of a latch is okay, but I didn't mean I'd recommend this type. Thin and flimsy.

    I haven't found one I'd trust yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dixoncreations View Post
    Would it completely ruin the structural integrity of the legs if you cut each in half and installed a hinge so the leg could fold, with some kind of bolt that slips into a channel on the other side to keep them straight? This would effectively cut the length in half for storage and transport.

    If it was a good hinge with strong mounting bolts, placed on the outside so it held the majority of the force, conceptually it should work. This would sure make transporting without a pickup truck a little easier!

    So, one side has a hinge...

    The other has something like this...

    I sure do like this. Having a dinky convertible = absolutely no trunk space. It would be nice for someone to come up with something that brakes down more. Yet, I don't think I'm the one to test this out either. I've been totally indecisive on stands, and have so many book marked it's pathetic. Just awaiting the perfect one.

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    This is pretty neat! I just cemented two 4x4 posts into my back yard so I can hang instead of doing the yard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I think that trunk latch will pull apart very quickly. It has very little strength. You would be better off looking for square tubing to use as sleeves for joining leg sections. They will need to be a snug fit.

    I ordered a set of these in aluminum to try today. The shipping costs are terrible! I've been thinking about them for a while and will probably just lash them together turtlelady style.
    Yeah, I won't be using those. Just the best pic i could track down quickly. They're made for guitar cases. Found some others online rated for 450lbs.

    Let us know how that other stuff works out. Looks interesting.

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    Have not started working on THIS project yet, but I am anxious to try it.
    This company sells aluminum tubing that telescopes, in 3 and 6 foot lengths.
    Surely something they have will work, and the shipping is relatively cheap!
    Just get some 3 foot sections like what you need and slide them together. Drill hole for pin.
    http://www.dxengineering.com/Product...=136&DeptID=43

    Unfortunately, I have no idea what size to get .
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    Sorry,
    This is the link for 3' posts:

    http://www.dxengineering.com/Product...=136&DeptID=43

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    Just a thought, use two identical hinges, with a removeable pin. Put a hinge on each side of the leg, bolted through the leg so that one set of bolts fastens both hinges. Put the two sections of leg together , add hinge pins, and it just might be strong enough to actually work.

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    I will probably build one of these stands, although godknows, I don't need any more stands.

    I was at Lowe's this morning, looking at fence rails and fittings...I can tell you this: This big boy will not be hanging from a pair of those pot metal rail end fittings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petez View Post
    Sorry,
    This is the link for 3' posts:

    http://www.dxengineering.com/Product...=136&DeptID=43

    Peter
    I'm a little concerned with the 0.058" wall thickness (just under 1/16"). Not sure that this is a problem, but it was part of my reasoning to select the 2" diameter range.

    DXE-AT1505 Aluminum Tubing 3' x 1.875" x 0.058" wall, 6063-T832 drawn, no slits Ship Tomorrow $ 7.65 x 6 = $45.90

    DXE-AT1506 Aluminum Tubing 3' x 2.000" x 0.058" wall, 6063-T832 drawn, no slits Ship Tomorrow $ 8.45 x 6 = $50.70

    45.90 + $50.70 = $96.60 + $14.44 (shipping) = $111.04

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    but enough about me hppyfngy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I was at Lowe's this morning, looking at fence rails and fittings...I can tell you this: This big boy will not be hanging from a pair of those pot metal rail end fittings.
    I had the same inclination Dave but they seem to be holding up fine. My only concern is that I won't see any warning stress, the thing will just snap if it's going to.

    OTOH, I've been using it for 8-9 months and have not seen any sign of weakness. I did shoot a screw through to attach it to the pole.

    Let us know if you come up with a better end cap attachment!

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