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Old 05-26-2013, 10:02 AM
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Natural looking conduit?

I working on a project that has some trees that need to have lights up in the trees. Is there a conduit out there that looks like a vine? I just hate to muck up the trunk of a beautiful live oak with a wire or gray conduit going up it.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:11 AM
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For low voltage, I like to use a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" copper pipe for mine, it's shiny for a month or so but once it patinas, it blends right into the tree. The other alternative, if you're running line voltage, is to paint the gray conduit to match the color of tree bark.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:31 AM
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I just figured somebody out there made a conduit that looks like a vine. That would be the perfect look. Maybe I am just using the wrong search terms for google. Its kind of historical site, so I just hate to muck up a tree that people congregate around.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:52 AM
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You can use PVC Sched 40 'brownline'. Used by irrigation contractors where the pipe is run on the surface and exposed to the sun (hillsides here in CA). This product is UV resistant. That and perhaps a bit of brown spraypaint.
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:18 PM
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I used to use all kinds of flexible copper pipe and such, but after years of trying various things, have found the most unobtrusive look is simply to use brown, 16 guage wire (if LED). Initially it is a bit darker than the bark, but after the sun gets it for a year it nearly blends right in and is much thinner and less noticeable than pipe.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:19 AM
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I used to use all kinds of flexible copper pipe and such, but after years of trying various things, have found the most unobtrusive look is simply to use brown, 16 guage wire (if LED). Initially it is a bit darker than the bark, but after the sun gets it for a year it nearly blends right in and is much thinner and less noticeable than pipe.
Good suggestion and probably easiest to do.
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