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#161 kiteslinger

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:33 AM

Glenn

also knitting needles make great shafts and come in a assortment in size and color

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:12 AM

...notice the shaft material, & are they soooo light...


Glenn,

Oh, that hurts so much to see Rev shafts stuck in the dirt ... I work so hard to keep that from happening. I've tried the knitting needles that Kiteslinger suggests ... some are good, but you have to select carefully. The larger ones are hollow and not as strong as needed for repetitively piercing terra firma.

I ordered some Nano stakes from REI since I like the smaller stakes that you can stick in your pocket ... they're hollow, light weight, nice bright blue color and tuff as nails. I was so proud of my discovery until Backdraft pointed out that the Easton Company was simply using their arrow shaft making equipment to manufacture tent stakes. After some investigation that included cutting and measuring, I reached the same conclusion. The stakes are made from a size 2018 arrow shaft and from Easton 7075 (XX75) material. So, hit up your hunting buddies for some discarded aluminum arrow shafts ... 2117s are the most common. The cleanest stake is made from the nock end of the arrow ... however, by using inserts you can also use the rest of the shaft to make additional stakes.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:35 AM

Not sure how folks have made these ground stakes which have made it into my collection

I particularly love the purple stake shaft, it matches my purple handles, gloves, boots, scarf..... ;)

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:33 AM

Not sure how folks have made these ground stakes which have made it into my collection

I particularly love the purple stake shaft, it matches my purple handles, gloves, boots, scarf..... ;)

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Choccy,

Suspect they used a knitting needle ... there are a multitude of sizes and color choices with knitting needles. The Papa Smurf stake used a small diameter red needle to match his size and the color of his pants ... both the stake figure and the full size Papa Smurf's pants. They work great if you're careful in your selection ... I've got a small blue one that's been used all summer.

The advantage of the arrow shaft is that they're very strong for their weight ... they are also very cheap if you have hunting friends ... the disadvantage is that the camo pattern on most of them probably doesn't go well with a guillotined Barbie. However, a camo arrow shaft on a GI Joe ... hmmm.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:54 AM

Choccy,

Suspect they used a knitting needle ... there are a multitude of sizes and color choices with knitting needles. The Papa Smurf stake used a small diameter red needle to match his size and the color of his pants ... both the stake figure and the full size Papa Smurf's pants. They work great if you're careful in your selection ... I've got a small blue one that's been used all summer.

The advantage of the arrow shaft is that they're very strong for their weight ... they are also very cheap if you have hunting friends ... the disadvantage is that the camo pattern on most of them probably doesn't go well with a guillotined Barbie. However, a camo arrow shaft on a GI Joe ... hmmm.

Cheers,
Tom


Hi Choccy
I bought some of these,they make great kite stakes as they are and are lightweight and strong
You get six for the price and I beleive the postage is free to the UK
Iquad were using pegs like these at Bristol

http://www.alpkit.co...category_id=253

you could try these also (made from titanium)

http://www.alpkit.co...category_id=253

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:13 AM

Hi Choccy
I bought some of these,they make great kite stakes as they are and are lightweight and strong
You get six for the price and I beleive the postage is free to the UK
Iquad were using pegs like these at Bristol

http://www.alpkit.co...category_id=253

you could try these also (made from titanium)

http://www.alpkit.co...category_id=253

All the best
Baz


Baz,

Ah yes, Titanium stakes ... good stuff. Your first reference is to a slightly larger nano stake like I used. Cut the head off the stake and you have the nock end of an arrow shaft.

I've attached a picture of the evolution I went through.

1) The first item is the standard stainless steel, golf ball stake.
2) The second item is a small billiard ball - ~$4 a set on ebay - with the nano stake as a shaft
3) The third item is the nano stake from REI
4) The last item is the nock end of one of my arrow shafts ... Easton 2020 GameGetter in this case.

The advantage of the smaller stakes is that they are much lighter than the traditional stainless steel variety. They easily fit in your pocket ... don't need a stake holster hanging off your belt. Some of you remember the 1960s and the engineering students with their slide rules hanging off their belts ... yes? Couldn't bring myself to do that then and can't bring myself to wear a stake holster today.

Cheers,
Tom

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 07:41 AM

made to be able to separate house keys from car keys & keep up with them...keys not included...g

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:31 AM

3 new ones ready to show...one more at the hair stylist...blonde barbie, original hair style...purple barbie, original hair style, a braided and dreadlocks look, hair coloring by glenn & sharpie, i really like the matching eye shadow & hair color, pardon the blonde highlights but this is my first dye job...brunette barbie, styling by glenn...g

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:17 PM

original hair style...purple barbie...

wow a purple hair barbie... that's just the right shade of purple I've been looking for, for my own hair! ;) :P

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:53 PM

Does anyone else think that Boomzilla needs therapy????????
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 06:56 PM

Does anyone else think that Boomzilla needs therapy????????


Yep ...

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:39 PM

Does anyone else think that Boomzilla needs therapy????????

IMMEDIATE ~ INPATIENT!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:51 PM

Does anyone else think that Boomzilla needs therapy????????


*think* is not the correct word here, *know* is much more applicable.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:08 PM

Anyone remember that old episode of Rosanne where the kid was cutting the heads off Barbie Dolls and storing them in a shoebox under his bed? He grew up to be Boomzilla...

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:24 PM

Maybe making the kitestakes IS therapy....... is that why I am sooooo calm? hmmmmmm..............
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:37 PM

lol.. i wonder if counselors read the forums looking for people like us.. hahaha

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:10 PM

Does anyone else think that Boomzilla needs therapy????????

The list of candidates includes more than boomzilla I suspect. I have a couple of names I could add on for a start! ;)
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 12:07 AM

Does anyone else think that Boomzilla needs therapy????????

woah you lot ought to be careful... teasing Boomzilla.....

Have you seen how he creates his art ????! :ph34r: :sq-crazy: :blink:
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 05:31 AM

Unsuspecting victims?

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:38 AM

Sailor99 has a charming idea for a ground stake but seems a little shy to post it ..... so typical of him to be so modest ;)




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