Good afternoon all, Today is going to be fun. I picked up the pipe for my backdrop stand and will be building it. I also got the muslin and dye for my first backdrop. Here is where I got stumped in 2 areas, building the lighting stands so they are free standing and the wattage for my lights. I want to build my stands out of 1" pvc pipe. That so far is no problem as Home Depot has oodles of it. My question is how do I make it free standing? None of the connectors there would do so I am stumped. My second question arises from lighting. I picked up 2 120 watt clamp lights from (Once Again) at Home depot. The salesman there told me under NO CIRCUMSTANCES was I to use anything higher. So I picked up 2 120 watt flood lights. Will these be strong enough for the portraits I need to do? Or can I go higher and where would I get that type of light. Once again thanks to all who have been helping me with this venture!