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Columns... where can I get them?


 
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Quincy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:02 pm    Post subject: Columns... where can I get them? Reply with quote

Hi Folks,

I have an idea for a corner of my garden which involves putting a few columns in a gentle curve. I have been looking on the internet trying to find a supplier but I have not had luck so I figured I'd come here and ask you good people if maybe you had an idea?

I am looking for fluted columns, about 6-8ft in height and I had a quantity of about 4 in mind... I found loads of suppliers in america that have PVC, fibreglass, concrete.. you name it...... but in eire, I cant seem to find anyone (Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places Laughing )

If you can help, I'd apprecate it...

I sure would prefer fibreglass or PVC purely from a convenience point of view but concrete would be ok too

Heres the columns I have in mind...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fountains and decor in Kildare may be able to help you with the concrete columns.
http://www.fountains-decor.ie/index.php
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This company ship to Ireland.......

http://www.gardenornaments.com/Garden_Columns.htm

or perhaps foamcutter may be able to produce expanded polystyrene foam columns for you, like his planters here....
http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about389.html

They would have to be harnessed down well though, I would guess.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quincy, with your concrete casting experience we could create a mould for you



or we cut cut one from EPS (expanded polystyrene foam) and give a textured coating.



Thanks for plug GPI
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They would have to be harnessed down well though, I would guess.


For the foam cut columns, we normally cut a hole in the centre for a steel post or girder, this supports the foam and any structure over head. The render coating also adds weight to column and makes it more durable.
One reason why EPS is used in these situations is that custom shapes can be easily created, it doesn't matter whether it's an oval, hexagon or whatever shape. It possible to have a circle at one end of the column and a square at the other.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a google "Sketch up" drawing of the mould at the top, foamcutter?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is that a google "Sketch up" drawing of the mould at the top, foamcutter?


Yes it is, we have just started using it for creating 3D visuals. It is very intuitive and quite easy to pick up compared with Auto cad. We would be familiar with 2D cad but we found the learning curve for 3D to steep, unless you work at it all the time. Sketchup allows us to create a 3D image very quickly, and there are some very good free video tutorials available on the net.
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