I just finished off some smaller props for the 2012 build season and now I'm beginning the planning stages of the biggest build of this year. Starting now so I can hopefully finish off these props prior to the blazing hot summers of Texas! I am wanting to build a new cemetery fence, two stone (foam) columns with lanterns attached, two ornate cemetery gates, and an arch with my haunt name (Falling Leaves Cemetery) to span between the columns.
I have an ideal of how I will be building the fencing. Just the standard PVC pipe with wood for the railings. I'll top off the PVC with ornate spear finials. Theres tons of How-to's on this subject.
I've also come across many great tutorials on cemetery columns as well that I've gathered plenty of info from.
So, the question I pose to those that have built columns and gates and fencing before is "what do I need to know?" What were some of the tips and tricks to these builds? What would you have changed or done differently? What would you wish you had known prior to an prop undertaking of this size? What did you learn? What worked and what didn't? Also, what methods of construction proved beneficial as well as what just plain did not work at all? Hindsight is 20/20, and I know after finishing off any prop I've built I think to myself "I wish I just did it this way to begin with!".
A large order I know, and I hope I'm not coming off as too needy. I just want to pick the brains of those who have traveled down this road that I will be journeying down very soon. Thanks in advance everyone.