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    DIY tent stakes

    This is a very simple idea - If it's been covered on here before, I haven't seen it. Just thought maybe others would be interested in an easy DIY project . . .

    I had several sections of fiberglass tent poles that had split and were broken. After salvaging the shock cord and cutting off the broken pole ends, I had several pcs of 3/8" hollow rods, each about 18" long. Using a fine-toothed hacksaw, I cut them in half on a long angle, yielding stakes about 9" long each.







    I wrapped the top with several tight turns of electrical tape, both to keep the top from splitting when pounding these, and also to keep the line from slipping off the top.

    Lightweight, cheap, and strong. And easy to replace if broken or lost . . . My kind of project!

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    Interesting idea, any idea how much each one wieghs?

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    That is a cool idea.

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    Great idea. Follows the logic of minimal presence of hammocking......re-purpose something instead of filling up the landfill.

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    Dirt will get compacted up the hollow tube. Should be able to bang it out but if it gets too compacted you might want to take a wire with you and have a way to take the caps off to help push the dirt out. Great idea though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oohsnap View Post
    Dirt will get compacted up the hollow tube.
    Yeah, I thought about this. Planning to mix up some epoxy and fill the hole at the bottom. I really don't wanna put dirt in my stuff bags if I can help it.

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    Nice job!! I am going to try it myself.

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    If you hit a rock it might shatter the tips
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    If you hit a rock it might shatter the tips
    Yupp. Remmber what I paid for `em ?!?

    I've always kind of enjoyed carving my own tent stakes on-site, so I'd resort to that if these busted. Then make some new ones when I got home. No worries when you've got no $ in it!

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    great idea! finally a money saving diy project that isnt goin to cost me money!lol
    i swear one day i will use all of the broken, torn and busted-up gear that i have been hoarding all these years! okay probably not, but i'll try

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