Step 5: Drill Holes in the Pipes

Man drilling holes into a pipe
Photo: Wendell Webber
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Rack the pipes into a triangular shape on their angled ends, with the tallest row of four in back and the shortest one in front so that all the angles line up. On the bottom (straight—cut) edge of each pipe, mark where each pipe touches the adjoining pipes. One by one, remove a pipe from the grouping and transfer vertical lines onto the side of the pipe from the bottom marks. On each line, drill a ¼—inch hole at ½ inch and 4 inches from the bottom; you'll run plastic ties through these holes to connect the pipes.
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