The 5-Star Mega Hub dome connector is an integral component of all Sonostar Mega Domes and Mega Spheres. There are six 5-Star hubs in every dome, and twelve in every sphere. 'Mega' refers to the size of the hubs and differentiates them from 'standard' hubs, which only fit 1/2" PVC. These 5-Star Mega hub Dome Connectors fit either 1" or 1 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC, and they have molded holes for making easy connections.
Sonostar 5-Star hubs are designed to be used with either 1" or 1 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC tubing. Since PVC pipe is measured by the inside diameter of the pipe, it should be noted that the outside diameter of the 5 Way MegaHub corresponds to the inside diameter of a 1 1/2" PVC pipe. The inside diameter of the MegaHub corresponds to the outside diameter of a 1" piece of PVC pipe. The hubs are dual purpose. Either a 1" pipe will fit snugly inside the hub arms, or a 1 1/2" pipe will fit snugly over the outside of the hub arms.
Each arm of this Geodesic Dome connector has exactly one inch of sleeve room for the inserted pipe. You have the option of either gluing the pipes into the hubs or securing them with nuts and bolts.
Stainless Steel nuts and bolts are included in both the Basic Kits and the Full Kits. It is necessary to specify which pipe size you are planning to use (1" or 1 1/2") so that we can include the correct size bolts.
The hubs themselves are made of high-strength white PVC, with pre-molded holes for bolt fasteners placed 1/2" from the end of each arm. There is a 12-degree curvature molded into each arm from the hub center, which gives the hubs an 'inside' and an 'outside' when putting the dome together.