Jan 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm #1284874
So my MYOG tarp is almost complete, but all I have are some old heavy stakes that I'd love to replace with something lighter. Is anyone out there using something light weight and cheap (if not free) that works? Once I get the stakes I can finally pitch my tarp! I was thinking of using a metal clothes hanger and cutting it up to make a stakes or two but I worried about their strength and they seem to bend pretty easily. Any ideas?Jan 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm #1831374
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
As a test, I made some stakes out of ordinary clothes hanger wire. They are better than nothing, but they don't hold very good and they will get bent easily.
Standard titanium shepherd's stakes work the best for me on the soil that I run into here in California, so I normally carry about eight of them for my shelter. I also carry one SMC snow stake, the curved aluminum type, but it sees more use as a trowel.
You have to test your soil and then decide if you need something that you can simply push into the soil with your hands, or whether you need something massive enough that you will drive it in by pounding it with a rock.
–B.G.–Jan 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm #1831387
@jimmyjamLocale: Mid Atlantic
I use aluminum gutter spikes with a hole drilled just under the head with a short loop of chord tied on to make pulling them out easy. Home Depot sell them in a pack of 10. Not as light as titanium, but cheap.Jan 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm #1831395
John S.BPL Member
@jshannJan 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm #1831518
14.69g/.519 oz. on my scale.
Only a $1 each and 7075 Al. As a combination of durability, holding power, price and weight, these are hard to beat.Jan 30, 2012 at 12:52 am #1831540
bob hit on it. you really need to determine what is suitable for your environment.
I will say this generally:
Ti Shepherd for mid-hard ground under mild-mid wind conditions
MSR Groundhogs for soft soil under heavy wind conditions
Sno stake for snow/liquid mud crap under heavy wind
Base your decision on the hardness of your soil and the intensity of your winds
ChaseJan 30, 2012 at 5:47 am #1831568
Chopsticks!Jan 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm #1831824
hmmm, I wonder how chopsticks would hold up if you put heat shrink over them…..Jan 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm #1831837
Marc EldridgeBPL Member
@meldLocale: The here and now.
I use 10" bamboo chopsticks. So far so good.Jan 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm #1831856
@sam-pangolinLocale: London, UK
Dual use I assume? Does the tarp hold up ok during dinner?
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