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Electrical transformer Help!!!!

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Hi guys im stuck! I was wondering if you have any ideas on what the make the actual electric pole out of, I was thinkin a 2x4 then cylinders in front to make it drop. then i was thinking a scrim over chicken wire to make it round! Tell me any ideas to make it drop and how tall and how to anchor it, I also don't know where to drill the hole to run the air hose and cables out of transformer down the pole. Thanks

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Use sonotube, hide the 2X4 and wires inside it. Ancor it with a cross section at the top and drill the transformer into it. Attach a piano hinge and another cylinder to make to drop.

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I would secure it to the sonotube But have a 2x4 frame behind it. You would have to secure this prop in the ground. I have a few concrete couplers in the ground that every year I have to find under the grass. You could use 2x4 or 4x4 post guards or slides that you would screw this wood into every year.

At the top attach the cylinder to the sonotube and wood. Either cut a section out of the sonotube that will go with the cylinder when it moves or put the wood just a little over the top of the sonotube where it wouldn't interfer. Use hinges to make the transformer move. Use a big bore cylinder 1 1/2 to 2 inch, the stroke is up to you I would use a 4-6 inch. This would drop it around a 45-55 degree angle.

Also consider having a fail safe plan because of gravity. Maybe bungee cord it to the opposite side. Just add enough slack to keep it working but tight enough to help it move fluid
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Cut the wood about 1/4 way down. Lay these 2 board and connect them like you didn't cut them.

Then you would attach the cylinder to this cut piece of wood. You would secure it so the cylinder is straight and fully extended. Instead of the cylinder extended you want it to retract when air is sent to it. This way the pole/transformer falls forward because it is pulling the hinge downward..
Like this, of course you have to figure out a way to slip the sonotube over the 2x4. I think it would be easier to break at the top of the pole so the upper 1/4 section moves forward.

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Thats what I tried to draw..art isn't my strong subject :) but be warned there will be too much weight on the end when it falls. The sonotube alone will not support that. You need to run some type of wood up the inside side of the sono.
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