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I know there are a couple similar "ibles" out there. in fact a recent one was the inspiration for this build, that and the fact that I found a large amount of pvc pipe on the trash. Some of you may recall my obsession with Haunting my yard for Halloween http://www.instructables.com/id/Our-2010-Haunted-House-with-ideas-from-Instructabl/  We use portable carports for the Haunted House, this Experimental build was to see if this type of "tunnel" would work
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Step 1: Contemplate

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My first step was to stare at this mess of pvc pipe I found and brought home, hmmmmm, those 1" pipes could make a hoop house... Those 2" pieces could make supports. I should explain that here in Florida driving stakes into the sand doesn't give much support unless your using a screw type mobile home tiedown stake 3 or 4 feet in the ground.

Step 2: Getting started

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I cut a couple of sand spikes from the 2" pipe about 20" long ( a sand spike is usually used by surf fisherpeople to hold their fishing poles, its a piece of plastic pipe with one end cut at an angle and occasionally a slot for the reel) I then drove the "spikes" into the ground. (Next time I need to remember to measure and use a straightedge !) Then I placed the lenghts of 1" pipe into the "spikes" to form hoops. I didn't want to cut the pipe or go get connection pieces so I grabbed some odd pieces and duck taped them as support

Step 3: D+

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Ok so I threw an old plastic tarp over the hoops (here's where those of you who plan everything out and measure twice may have the advantage) it sort of worked....
grillmaster2 years ago
Like !! With a little fine tuning I could find some uses for this, firewood for example. I also like the clip idea... Cheers.
l8nite (author)  grillmaster2 years ago
thank you for commenting. I've used this idea a lot for short term cover/shelter, for longer use I cross the center hoops for better support in the rain
SIRJAMES093 years ago
this would make for a very useful temporary shelter when working on your car, boat, motor bike, etc...

I like how you made the clips...
I like the whole thing actually. very enjoyable read. TY for sharing.
l8nite (author)  SIRJAMES093 years ago
your right, it could be a good shelter for a lot of situations.. thank you for leaving a comment
Good job!
l8nite (author)  cloudifornia4 years ago
thank you, My son actually put this to use a couple of days ago when he needed a place to paint cabinets for a job, drove the stakes in on either side of the driveway threw up the hoops, used clear plastic for the walls and floor, VIOLA' spraybooth !
Oooooooooooh I'd love to see the arbor as well. The shed looks really good.
Way to go. Cool up-cycling!
l8nite (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
Hi ! If you go to my home page and look for my How to haunt a yard "ibles" there are some pics of the arbor (its right behind the drawbridge) This structure would make a good temporary shed, with a smaller tarp it could be a picnic shelter, the poles are to long and unwieldly to make a convenient camping tent but when I cut the poles and add lateral supports that would change..hmmmm a 10x20x7' "tent" for under $70... Thank you for taking the time to comment ...
rimar20004 years ago
Good idea. Recycling is always a good thing.
l8nite (author)  rimar20004 years ago
thank you for leaving a comment. Its not so much the recyling as repurposing material for other than what it was originally intended. I rescued a chainlink dog enclosure, its now an arbor, happily supporting jasmine and wisteria over my walkway