so far, the best way I found to splice these is just cut a little bit of the ring out of the top and the bottom and then overlap from there.
Then I used my very big, old and cherished Ford wrench to tweak the angle just a little.
This one is turning out so much better and easier than the last one
As far as the coat hanger goes, you might want to measure exactly how far it is set so that way if you have to move your project you can put it back in the exact same spot. 1 inch does make a difference