2019-09-08 (Su) PillarGame

The adhesive on the back of LED strips is pretty reliable stuff. I did not want to adhere a whole piece and then try to remove it. If that happened, it would undoubtedly stick to itself and make a huge mess or break. This turned into a tedious task of measuring five times and sticking once. The first strip was the most difficult. First, I made marks every 100mm by holding a yardstick to the PVC with rubber bands and a smaller metric ruler.
Measuring for 100mm LED spacing

The first strip took more than an hour to ensure that it was as accurate as possible. Two more pieces would follow its path so mistakes would compound. The second strip took less than an hour but more willpower because it seemed like it should go quickly and smoothly. Each end of the PVC pipe was supported on my couch by a long metal rod 5/16” (8mm) in diameter. 8mm was the inside diameter of the skate bearings I was using in the PVC reducers.
Spinner setup across my couch

Paper from the LED strips curled up and found its way to the floor where my assistant was happy to protect me from its obvious malicious intent.
Paper tamer

The final row followed the previous two, and I was pleased with the result. I think the time I spent will pay off, but it was a grueling experience. If I had to do this again, I would construct a jig that would hold reels apart with the correct spacing or a marker that would draw a line parallel to the first strip. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that.
Resulting light strip helixes

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