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Re: Transporting Iris to Shows

    I use the pvc pipes which match the ones used in the show (we have pipe with wood bases) The pipes are capped and each pipe is about 12" long. I use different size pipes in a carrier since it works to have small stalks between larger ones, so pipe diameter ranges from 1/2" for SDB's and PCN's and 3/4" for medium size and 1" for the largest TB's. In my case the pipes are attached to a piece of plywood which acts as the lid for a plastic bucket. I drilled holes to match the pipe diameter and glued each pipe flush with the top of the plywood - the pipe extending into the bucket. This way the bucket can act as a stabilizer and water container if necessary - if the bucket is tippy I can add water/etc. to weight it down...

Drilling the plywood and cutting it to match the bucket may be beyond some peoples wood shop skilz... so an alternate method is to stuff rolled newspapers between the pipes to get the desired spacing and prevent them from moving in transit. If the pipes are capped and they are filled carefully you can avoid having a bucket of soggy newspaper to deal with later...

It is relatively easy to make up several of these buckets which can be easily carried individually, and braced in the car - they don't leak and won't tip over if braced properly. 2 of these fit nicely behind the passenger seat for example, the seat can be adjusted for a nice tight fit...

Chad Schroter


Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 17:49:05 -0700
From: "Linda Smith" 
Subject: [iris] Transporting Iris to Shows

 I'm in the process of making one of those PVC contraptions.

My question is--for those that use the pipe -- did you find a certain length
worked best between joints and if so what.?  Also what was the most stable,
a 3 or 4 parallel group (or what?). ?
If you had to make yours over, what improvements or adjustments would you

What size PVC do you think works best??
And the height of tubes recommended??
Did you need to add anything inside pipe except water??
Does anyone have a pix of theirs they could send me??

Linda in CW AZ

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