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    My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    I always hated the design of the wedding cake support arm that goes from the top step upright and then screws into your deck. It has to set on top of your top rail and then you have to put a block or something on your deck to make up the difference in height so you could screw in into place.

    The first 2 photos shows what i had, and i did not want to put a block of wood under to secure it to make up the difference in height.






    My solution (proposed by another member) was to scribe out the profile of the top rail and cut the support arm to match so it would fit over the top rail and rest flush on the deck.
    I really loved the clean look of this solution but it really lost its strength cutting so much out of it. I had 2 support arms and they lasted a total of 3 seasons.









    Since i had no more factory support arms i decided to go with regular PVC pipes, elbows, connectors and hold downs.
    I believe this approach will work with a lot of different styles of steps for anyone's custom application.

    I had to grind the inside of the T coupling so it could slide down my existing stair upright pole, but after that it was pretty much just cutting to your desired lengths and gluing together.
    I did remove any lettering that was stamped on the PVC pipes then i sanded them smoother and then applied 4 coats of plastic high gloss white paint.
    Below are the results.
    I did add one more coupling to one end of the finished support prior to installation for a little extra strength at the stress point.












    I like the results and it really is much stronger than the original. All of my material was 1 1/2" pvc piping.
    Hopefully this will help another member who may have the same situation.
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    I may try this! My deck is going to be a few inches under my rails. Thanks Johnny!
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    That is nice! It looks very clean and professional!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Nice work & great pictorial
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Thanks everyone, it is a nice simple product with many applications.
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    I can not wait to try this. We used rope last year and bleach bottles with sand. Getting a new pool installed so want it too look nice. Great job Thank you.

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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Your all welcome....Its a real nice fix.
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    This looks so nice. Mind if I ask where you got your steps?
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Quote Originally Posted by lovestoswim View Post
    This looks so nice. Mind if I ask where you got your steps?
    I upgraded to these steps when i purchased my Dough Boy pool which came with the basic ladder.

    They are made by Lumio, but other brands make similar steps.
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Beautiful! Great idea. I wish I had a deck and wedding cake steps to try this with.
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Great work!!
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Need to revise per site.
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    Re: My Wedding Cake support arm fix write up.

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnysnok View Post
    Need to revise per site.
    Sorry...still could not get the photo bucket pics to show up for a members IM question.
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