Garden Arbor - Frequently Asked Questions
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About 28 years ago, I helped my mother build an arbor out of wood.
We bought some plans and then went to the lumber yard to get all
the supplies. That was the easy part. She worked a regular job,
and I went to school, so this project would have to be done on the
weekends. After four weekends, we constructed and painted her beautiful
wooden arbor. We decided to plant a climbing rose and in four years
time, it fully covered the arbor. What a beautiful addition to our
garden. About eight years after construction, we noticed that the
arbor was leaning and pulling the rose out of the ground. Upon investigation,
we noticed that the wooden legs and some of the lattice was rotted
and needed replacing. The arbor needed some serious repair work
and the only way to do this was to cut the rose and replace the
rotted pieces. We both looked at each other and agreed that we never
want this to happen again. We thought that there must be an alternative
to wood. My mother suggested a metal arbor that wouldn't rust and
would be appealing to the eye. So, I created for her the original
Copper Arbor that was maintenance free and would never falter under
the rose. She was so happy that we would never have to replace or
repair her arbor again.
THE REAL FACTS ABOUT COPPER PIPE AND FITTINGS
FACT: All copper used in our arbors, other arbors
found on the Internet and in your local garden store are made with
plumber's pipe. The difference is that most plumbers and some Copper
Arbor Manufacturers use a Type "M" (thin wall) copper pipe. We use
Type "L" (heavy wall) copper pipe.
FACT: Plumbers have been using copper pipe for
over 100 years. Plumbers have found that the best way to join copper
pipe is with using copper fittings. The main reason they use fittings
is that they found it too time consuming boring holes in the copper
pipe. Thus costing the customer more in labor for something that
is less then good structurally. They also found
that when they joined 2 similar sized pipes together
( ¾ inch to ¾ inch) the pipes would not maintain their structural
integrity. One solution would be to connect a smaller ½ inch pipe
into ¾ inch pipe. This also poses a problem … not only is the Structural
Integrity of the ¾ inch pipe lessened but now the
overall strength is reduced by going to the smaller ½ inch pipe.
See the below photo.
|Other Method of joining Copper
||Our joining system using All 3/4" copper. Strong, Sturdy and Clean.
We only use Elegant Copper Connectors not found in a plumber's store. Our connectors join the pipe in the same way but, as you can clearly see from the photos below, they are smooth and clean looking.
||Our Copper Connectors.
Twenty years ago I made the First Copper Arbor and sold it to stores through
out the United States. There have been many people who have tried
to imitate our arbors. Some have tried to improve a joinery system
that has been around for a century. We feel that the Structural
Integrity of your Copper Arbor should not be compromised
by someone's Artful Creation.
We create simple and elegant Arbors, so your plants can
be the Artful Creation and Focal Point of your garden.
Your Copper Arbor comes partially assembled. The copper connectors
have already been bonded, so all you need to do is slip the upright
tubes into place and use the liquid type solder (included). It takes
about 15 minutes. No tools are needed for assembly.
One word describes the assembly
arbors, with their step-by-step picture instructions, make it easy
for everyone and anyone to assemble. If you have any questions please
call me at 360-403-9532.
Four holes will need to be dug to a recommended soil depth
of at least 12 inches. Place arbor into holes adjusting width of
uprights until perpendicular to ground. Tamp soil as you fill the
holes. That's all there is to it!
If you have strong winds you may want to add some concrete
your arbor holes. Special note: If you pour concrete in the holes,
keep in mind, that if you ever decide to change your landscaping
arbor may be difficult to move.
All of the arbors are a standard 8-foot tall (out of the
box). Once you have
installed your arbor into the ground the actual walk through distance
If you need more height just give me a call at 360-403-9532.
If you have special needs, please Email me at:
or call me at 360-403-9532
to work out the details.
There are many climbers such as: Rose, Clematis, Honeysuckle,
Peas, Jasmine, Scarlet Runner, Bougainvillea, Black-eyed Susan Vine,
Easter Lily Vine, Passion Vine, Ivy, Celastrus and Kiwi. These are
Beautiful and will brighten your garden. Special Note: Some people
to know if the arbor will hold a Wisteria or a grape. The answer
if you keep them trimmed up.
It may take years depending on how close you are to salt
air or how
much pollution is in the air. The process can be sped up with a
solution that is safe for you and your plants.
Each arbor is made using ¾ inch type "L"
heavy wall copper tubing to
ensure quality, strength and structural integrity.
Read what our customers have to say here - ARBOR
We have many to choose from. Once you have selected a setting for
Copper Arbor, measure the area then select the appropriate arbor
main Arbor page. If you need a different
size than what we offer, please feel free
to call me and we'll discuss your CUSTOM
ARBOR needs. Call me at 360-403-9532.
Most of the time, your Copper Arbor will ship on the next business
use UPS ground service and in most cases you'll have your arbor
business days, depending on where you live.