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    I left for a trip last weekend and forgot my regular tarp pegs. I stopped at Home Depot on the way looking for the long nails I've heard that some people use. I think they're called gutter nails. What I ended up with were 10" long galvanized (steel I assume) spikes. They were heavy as heck, but cheap and did the job. I have a feeling that the "spikes" I used were not what people mean when they talk of using "nails". Does anybody use these things and, if so, what are they called?

    The main reason I ask is I'm sure to forget my pegs again sooner or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nails View Post
    I'm sure to forget my pegs again sooner or later.
    I just store mine in a separate bag with my rain tarp and they're always there.
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    They're talking about aluminum gutter nails, available w/gutter materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddhiker View Post
    They're talking about aluminum gutter nails, available w/gutter materials.

    ditto, they are about 6" long and weigh next to nothing

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    There are stakes all over the woods, they're called sticks. I lost my stakes during my last hike (I think they fell out of the mesh pocket) on the first day out. I used sticks the rest of the time with zero problems and a few ounces less weight. Of course I had nice soft ground to use, probably wouldn't work so great in rocky soil.

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    The nails you used are the spikes used for "railroad tie" construction. Much much heavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    I just store mine in a separate bag with my rain tarp and they're always there.
    I always have mine there, too. The one time I forget to check, my kids have been into my stuff and left them who knows where. Unless I chain them to my wrist, it'll happen again sooner or later.

    Thanks to all who replied with the proper name of these nails. I wonder: does aluminum gutter nails mean that the nails are aluminum, or that they're used to install aluminum gutters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nails View Post
    I wonder: does aluminum gutter nails mean that the nails are aluminum, or that they're used to install aluminum gutters?
    Both. They are aluminum, and are used on aluminum gutters.
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    one more note... the ones i picked up at lowes to try out, had rough sides (to help keep it from working back out of the gutter no doubt) and i would be extra careful not to slide the guy line on those.
    i'm sure they would work a lot like a saw on the guy lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    one more note... the ones i picked up at lowes to try out, had rough sides (to help keep it from working back out of the gutter no doubt) and i would be extra careful not to slide the guy line on those.
    i'm sure they would work a lot like a saw on the guy lines.
    Good point, I didn't think of that. I have some that I bent a hook into the end so that I can run an extension cord to the shrubs for Christmas lights. I just push them into the ground with the extension cord in the hook The grandkids kept tripping on them. BTW I'm in Florida = no snow

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