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indoor tension poles

Post by Bets » Fri, 29 Dec 2000 09:07:21



Greetings,
I am not a regular in this group, but I have occasionally lurked here.
I have been searching the Web for some time for this item,
unsuccessfully.

Many years ago (like 20 or more) I bought, somewhere I forget where, a
pole with an internal spring, so it runs from floor to ceiling and stays
in place by tension.  Onto it you affix hangers that support***
plants (it comes with several per pole). The hangers are removable, and
many or few can be put onto a single pole.  If they are perfectly
upright, they can support a lot of weight.  They were brass colored but
I don't care about color anyway.

I can't find these anymore.  They were probably from some mail-order
place like Miles Kimball, but of course are not there, nor are they in
any Garden store I can find, nor have I found them in web searches under
*** poles, plant poles, tension poles,*** gardens, and some
other wild searches that didn't pan out.  I did find lots of references
to poles that plants climb up, but that's not what these are (although
some plants do climb up them, that's not their purpose.)

Any ideas?  These are wonderful items for people like me who are crazy
for houseplants and short on space.  I can't affix hangers to walls or
ceilings, so please don't suggest that.

Thanks very much in advance.
Betsy

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indoor tension poles

Post by Kubw » Fri, 29 Dec 2000 11:39:54


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Look for Pole Lights ,,,,these should work.
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Quote:
> Greetings,
> I am not a regular in this group, but I have occasionally lurked here.
> I have been searching the Web for some time for this item,
> unsuccessfully.

> Many years ago (like 20 or more) I bought, somewhere I forget where, a
> pole with an internal spring, so it runs from floor to ceiling and stays
> in place by tension.  Onto it you affix hangers that support***
> plants (it comes with several per pole). The hangers are removable, and
> many or few can be put onto a single pole.  If they are perfectly
> upright, they can support a lot of weight.  They were brass colored but
> I don't care about color anyway.

> I can't find these anymore.  They were probably from some mail-order
> place like Miles Kimball, but of course are not there, nor are they in
> any garden store I can find, nor have I found them in web searches under
>*** poles, plant poles, tension poles,*** gardens, and some
> other wild searches that didn't pan out.  I did find lots of references
> to poles that plants climb up, but that's not what these are (although
> some plants do climb up them, that's not their purpose.)

> Any ideas?  These are wonderful items for people like me who are crazy
> for houseplants and short on space.  I can't affix hangers to walls or
> ceilings, so please don't suggest that.

> Thanks very much in advance.
> Betsy

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> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

indoor tension poles

Post by Brett How » Fri, 29 Dec 2000 17:04:21


We used to have a bathroom shelf unit that used the same kind of system (2
spring-loaded poles with a shelf between).  Probably still find some of them
at flea markets or garage sales.  Also, Sears' Fall&Winter 2000 Catalogue
lists an 'Ulti-Mate' 4-shelf Pole Caddy (adjustable to 98" - $24.99cdn) for
the bathroom in their home improvements section and a selection of Spring
Tension Bars in the draperies section.

Another suggestion would be mounting threaded adjustable 'feet' on both ends
of a pipe, thick wooden dowel, or even a 4x4 post.  Put the pole up and
extend the feet against the floor and ceiling until it's tight.  I would
also suggest putting some ***, non-slip pads, like those you can buy for
the bottoms of chair legs, to lessen the risks of marking the floor and
ceiling and perhaps reducing the chances of it falling over. Our current
shower curtain rod uses the same principle and can support a couple of wet
shower curtains (and occassionally wet kids) horizontally spanning roughly
5-6 feet, so I don't see why a vertical pole couldn't support much more.
The materials for either method can be found at most hardware stores, and
won't cost much.

Hope it helps,
Brett


Quote:
> Greetings,
> I am not a regular in this group, but I have occasionally lurked here.
> I have been searching the Web for some time for this item,
> unsuccessfully.

> Many years ago (like 20 or more) I bought, somewhere I forget where, a
> pole with an internal spring, so it runs from floor to ceiling and stays
> in place by tension.  Onto it you affix hangers that support***
> plants (it comes with several per pole). The hangers are removable, and
> many or few can be put onto a single pole.  If they are perfectly
> upright, they can support a lot of weight.  They were brass colored but
> I don't care about color anyway.

> I can't find these anymore.  They were probably from some mail-order
> place like Miles Kimball, but of course are not there, nor are they in
> any garden store I can find, nor have I found them in web searches under
>*** poles, plant poles, tension poles,*** gardens, and some
> other wild searches that didn't pan out.  I did find lots of references
> to poles that plants climb up, but that's not what these are (although
> some plants do climb up them, that's not their purpose.)

> Any ideas?  These are wonderful items for people like me who are crazy
> for houseplants and short on space.  I can't affix hangers to walls or
> ceilings, so please don't suggest that.

> Thanks very much in advance.
> Betsy

> Sent via Deja.com
> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

indoor tension poles

Post by Sterling Hil » Fri, 29 Dec 2000 23:43:06


Quote:

> Another suggestion would be mounting threaded adjustable 'feet' on both ends
> of a pipe, thick wooden dowel, or even a 4x4 post.  Put the pole up and
> extend the feet against the floor and ceiling until it's tight.  I would
> also suggest putting some ***, non-slip pads, like those you can buy for
> the bottoms of chair legs, to lessen the risks of marking the floor and
> ceiling and perhaps reducing the chances of it falling over. Our current
> shower curtain rod uses the same principle and can support a couple of wet
> shower curtains (and occassionally wet kids) horizontally spanning roughly
> 5-6 feet, so I don't see why a vertical pole couldn't support much more.
> The materials for either method can be found at most hardware stores, and
> won't cost much.

> Hope it helps,
> Brett

What a good idea! You could take the 4 x 4, with the tension on top and
bottom, and place decorative brass plant hangers around the sides for a
custom fit for your plants. That would work and look good.

Good work!

Sterling
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Post by Brett How » Sat, 30 Dec 2000 05:38:49



Quote:
> What a good idea! You could take the 4 x 4, with the tension on top and
> bottom, and place decorative brass plant hangers around the sides for a
> custom fit for your plants. That would work and look good.

> Good work!

> Sterling
> change aol to mindspring in reply

It also allows for painting/staining/detailing to match the room.  I saw one
that was painted like ceramic tile to match the wall behind - almost looked
as if the plants were floating out from the wall.  To further the
suggestion, take the sharp corners off of the 4x4 with a sander or corner
plane - it'l help hide the normal dings and scrapes that the corners will
acquire.

Enjoy,
Brett

 
 
 

indoor tension poles

Post by Bets » Sat, 30 Dec 2000 03:51:13




Quote:
> We used to have a bathroom shelf unit that used the same kind of
system (2
> spring-loaded poles with a shelf between).

<good advice snipped>

Thanks, my husband is handy, I'll suggest this.  I guess we hadn't
considered making some ourselves, but we will now.
betsy

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Post by Brett How » Sat, 30 Dec 2000 11:17:51


Here is yet another suggestion, from the wife this time, if you plan on
doing the 4x4 idea.  Make two  "picture frames" out of s***moulding that
will fit around the 4x4, and slide them on loose before putting the post in
place.  After the post is secured in place (ie. both feet tightened) you'll
be able to slide the moulding frame up to the ceiling and secure it to the
4x4 with a***or two.  This way you'll hide the feet and make the post
look more permanent.  It may also help to stabilize the post even further,
and if you eventually want to move the post you only need to remove the
screws from each moulding frame and slide them out of the way to have access
to the feet.

Of course this depends on having at least a basic understanding of
woodworking.  I don't, and wouldn't know if this is a difficult thing to do
or not - doesn't sound like it, but then ......

Hope it helps,
Brett

 
 
 

indoor tension poles

Post by Michell » Wed, 10 Jan 2001 00:43:05


If you can not find what you are looking for, may I suggest checking
yard sales for old step ladders?  I picked up and old wooden step ladder
this summer for five dollars, painted it white, and now have plants on
all the rungs and the top and the paint bucket step.  It holds quite a
few plants and looks pretty nice.  (My mom keeps suggesting I stencil it
with ivy, but that's a lot more work!)

Michelle

Quote:

> Many years ago (like 20 or more) I bought, somewhere I forget where, a
> pole with an internal spring, so it runs from floor to ceiling and stays
> in place by tension.  Onto it you affix hangers that support***
> plants (it comes with several per pole). The hangers are removable, and
> many or few can be put onto a single pole.  If they are perfectly
> upright, they can support a lot of weight.  They were brass colored but
> I don't care about color anyway.
> Any ideas?  These are wonderful items for people like me who are crazy
> for houseplants and short on space.  I can't affix hangers to walls or
> ceilings, so please don't suggest that.

> Thanks very much in advance.
> Betsy

> Sent via Deja.com
> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

indoor tension poles

Post by le » Wed, 10 Jan 2001 09:56:23




Quote:
>If you can not find what you are looking for, may I suggest
>checking yard sales for old step ladders?  I picked up and
>old wooden step ladder this summer for five dollars, painted
>it white, and now have plants on all the rungs and the top
>and the paint bucket step.  It holds quite a few plants and
>looks pretty nice.  (My mom keeps suggesting I stencil it
>with ivy, but that's a lot more work!)

 if you have cats, you should remove the paint bucket step. i've
known a few cats that accidentally hung themselves on one. cats
aren't as careful or graceful as poetry would lead you to
believe, & i'd rather lose a little plant space than a kitty.
lee