Step 1: Supplies
8 - 1/2" elbows
12 - 1/2" T's
2 - small pulleys
1 skein - 75lb rated poly rope(we got 50 ft, but buy relative to your application, I.e. smaller, less rope; larger projects, more rope)
We used a 4ft florescent light, but this application really makes it easy to use any kind of light. Mount individual lights on a board if you choose that route.
Step 2: Tools
Step 3: Step 1: Cutting the Pipe
8 - 2 1/2 ft (we cut our 5 ft pieces in the supplies picture in half) top and bottom rails
6 - 3 ft columns
4 - 18" ends
8 - 3" between elbows and T's
Step 4: Step 2: Gluing the Joints
Set aside 8 T's, 8 - 3" pieces of pipe, and 8 elbows.
Take 4 T's and glue 4 - 3" pieces of pipe in the left side
Repeat on the right side with the remaining 4 T's
Glue the elbows at a 90 degree angle from the bottom of the Ts
Step 5: Step 3: Assembly
Take 4 - 2 1/2 ft pieces and put them in each of the elbows
Repeat for the other end
Add the remaining 4 T's to the ends of the 2 1/2 ft pieces, 2 with the bottom of the T pointing down, two pointing up. Put the remaining 2 - 3 ft pieces in the "bottom" of the T(creating a middle support beam for the whole piping unit)
Connect both halves.
Step 6: Step 4: Pulleys and Rope
Run the open end of your rope thru both pulleys and tie to one end of your pipe assembly.
Loop the other end of your rope over the other end of the pipe assembly. Cut the rope, leaving yourself plenty of slack.
If you want to seal the ends of the rope so it doesn't unravel, melt the ends of the rope with a lighter, put a piece of wax paper in a rag and twist the still hot rope between your fingers in the rag.