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Post by Dutto on Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:27 pm

Hiya,

It has been Posted on the site before but I just can't find it!

Could someone please tell me where I can buy the steel and/or aluminium cone shaped tips that are fitted to the ends of wooden Windbreak Poles?

Best regards,
drinksallround
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I've not been on ASOF for nearly a year because we have being doing some pretty boring stuff like staying on our own bit of land in France (six months without Internet access) ...

... or visiting friends and relatives in the UK (two months without Internet access) or ....

... er ...

... that's about it really!

Pretty boring life eh!? tap_fingers tap_fingers

It must be if the only thing I can find to worry about is that a few of the tips have fallen off my Windbreak Poles! Whistle1 

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Askit on Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:21 pm

Welcome back Dutto, you've been missed  wave

This is certainly the right place to get tips snigger

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by roli on Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:08 pm

Have you had a look on EBay Ian or what about a garden equipment supplier

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Paulmold on Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:15 pm

Welcome back Ian (its only been 4 months since your last post by the way).  I've searched for you for these conical spikes but no joy. If you can't get them on their own, replacement poles with them on are available, expensive way to go but it's all I can find. Perhaps a call to the supplier/manufacturer could be worth a try.

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quest-Replacement-Windbreak-Poles-/281924417434?hash=item41a401379a:g:GWsAAOSwXeJXdomv

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Askit on Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:21 pm

I know it's a few weeks since Aldi did these but they still have them in our local store, might be cheaper than sourcing new tips for your windbreak?

https://www.aldi.co.uk/p/71225/0
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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Paulmold on Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:32 pm


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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by peugeotboxer on Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:02 am

Dutto wrote:Hiya,

It has been Posted on the site before but I just can't find it!

Could someone please tell me where I can buy the steel and/or aluminium cone shaped tips that are fitted to the ends of wooden Windbreak Poles.

This is the best I can find:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2060353.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=Spike+Ferrule&_sacat=0

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:29 pm

Hi there,

Still not managed to find replacement tips!!

I refuse to replace perfectly serviceable wooden poles just because "the bit on the end" has fallen off so I'm now racking my brains to work out a suitable alternative!

This is the very first time that the Members of ASOF have been unable to help me find what I'm looking for so "shame on you" ... hugegrins  hugegrins

... and the search continues! tap_fingers  tap_fingers

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:37 pm

Give us time Dutto. Whistle1

Some of us are trying to link up Mikeyval with his mates at the Malvern Show, and got a bit carried away in the process! lol4

I've seen them somewhere, but can't remember at the moment. It will come back to me though. I'm as tight in the wallet area as you, so this is a quest after my own heart!! up!

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:10 pm

Can't find a source, but I've remembered that I saw a bin of spare tips for a dibber in a very old ironmonger's shop in France. Just like this one.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/How-to-Make-a-Garden-Dibber-/10000000205354905/g.html

Looks simple, but it would be difficult to bend the metal well enough in a home workshop. Somebody must make them for the trade, and they can't cost much.

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Paramedic on Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:06 pm

As an alternative, how about making the holes in the ground with a metal spike of similar circumference to accommodate the poles. If there is any wiggle of the poles in situ, then compact the ground for a tighter fit. Regards

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by peugeotboxer on Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:06 am

Dutto wrote:Hi there,


This is the very first time that the Members of ASOF have been unable to help me find what I'm looking for so "shame on you" ... hugegrins  

Did you see my post above?

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:17 am

Hi again Ian

This almost patronising video assumes the viewer to be a total idiot (Can't believe what some people put up on YouTube!! shrugg ) but it may give you an idea. Pity it doesn't say where the tips were obtained.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK5hqG7Bbow

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P.S. Could be worth phoning these people to see if they have access to the steel tips as a separate accessory? I've met them at shows and they seem very amenable.

http://www.bagsandcoversdirect.co.uk/category/471/Windreakaposs-and-Replacement-Windbreak-Poles

From their blurb, "All windbreaks come with windbreak clips, steel tips, steel caps . . ."
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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:44 pm

Yeah!!  Right!!

With my murderous pronunciation of French you want me to wander into a shop in France and tell the lady behind the counter "I want something to stick on the end of my dibber!  Can you help me?"

The most probable result would only be marginally less frightening than the lady smiling and inviting me into the back of the shop to check her stock! Whistle1

The problem with pre-digging the holes is that the poles have to be well secured to cope with the wind; even with guy ropes.

I liked the YouTube video (Doh!) and I've even sourced the metal spikes he's hammering into the end of the pole.  They are more expensive than replacement poles which is why I haven't bought any! look here look here


I have also contacted http://www.bagsandcoversdirect.co.uk to see if they have any.

Many thanks to everyone's suggestions (even the ones that could get me locked up)  ... hugegrins
 
... and the search continues! allthumbz allthumbz

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:13 pm

Just had the bright idea of combining your suggestions of "pre-digging the holes" and modifying a "dibber".

If I can't find any replacement tips Plan "B"  is to make a metre long dibber out of some steel tubing that I have in the shed.

The tubing is about 10mm inside diameter so if I weld a 15mm drill-bit on one end and a '"T" piece on the other I should be able to make a suitable hole.  i.e. One that is "stone free" to prevent damage to the end of the poles and at the same time narrow enough to grip the pole as it's hammered into place.

SWMBO suggests that I also make sure the remaining tips are better secured than the ones that left for pastures new!  tap_fingers  tap_fingers

The search continues though!  allthumbz

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by inspiredron on Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:53 pm

For £3.99 is it worth it, Ian?
http://www.thebestthingsdirect.co.uk/Garden-Dibber
OK - that supplier will want some postage but how about your friendly garden centre or ironmonger (if they still exist!) in Skegness?  It won't be more than a fiver! shrugg

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Paulmold on Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:57 pm

You might as well just buy new poles @ 7.99 for two. Is it worth the bother of buying a dibber?.

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by MJD on Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:01 am

Hi Dutto,

I think a company called Cornish Windbreaks had the metal tips for sale at the Peterborough Motorhome Show in April this year.
I can't see them for sale on their website www.cornishwindbreaks.co.uk, but a phone call might sort them 01209 214944.
I bought some of their tension bars which do a great job of stiffening and stablising the windbreak.
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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:13 pm

I'm resurrecting this Post as a "Last Chance" for ASOF Members to help me!

I still haven't got any pole-tips ...

... I have chased up EVERY suggestion made so far without result ...

... and I am still refusing to buy new poles to replace perfectly good ones!

So before I go out and weld up a steel "Dibber" (i.e. a length of pipe and a drill bit) ...

... and while I still have a chance of ordering and getting some tips delivered ...

HELP!!!
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET SOME??
wave    wave    wave

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by boxerman on Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:31 pm

Short piece of copper pipe - diam to suit fitting pole into.
Flatten the end with a hammer or vice - doesn't have to be a point to go into the ground, does it?

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Paulmold on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:25 pm

I contacted Blue Diamond who supply replacement poles but they are obviously not the manufacturers as this is the reply I got..

Good morning,

I am sorry but we don’t stock the spikes for the windbreaks. They come already attached.

I am sorry I couldn’t help you.

Regards
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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:05 pm

Scroll down and look at Alpine Spike. £2.20 each, which may change your mind, but they come in various sizes.

http://www.thestickman.co.uk/ferrules.htm

Or these at £9.75 each, which will certainly give you an attack of the vapours!! (Free delivery though. snigger )
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/One-Brass-Cane-and-Walking-Stick-Climbing-Tip-/351758838076

Ditto.
http://www.mgs4u.com/shallow-water-boat-anchors-10foot.htm

There's a few more possibilities. Walking stick makers seem like the best bet, or their suppliers.

Any stick makers near you??

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Paulmold on Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:15 pm

Alpine spikes £2 each from Rerrick Stick Supplies

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:46 am

Many thanks. allthumbz

I've checked out all of the recommended sites (without success) and they have left me thinking:

1.  How did we ever walk without sticks?  (When I first saw them I wondered where the man's skis were!)

2.  Would I ever pay over £2 for a tip?  Answer "No!"

Franks suggestion was considered and I searched the house, garden, garage and shed to find any suitable pipe, without success; and buying a length of 22mm diameter copper pipe just for that purpose would have set me back as much as buying the steel tips.

However, with a homemade "Dibber" I will be able to pre-drill the holes to make sure that even without the metal tips the wooden ends of the windbreak poles won't suffer any great damage through hitting stones.

So, the "Dibber" is now under construction from a length of 15mm steel pipe (rescued from a swing-seat in 2011) and three long bolts (rescued from a lifeboat in 1999).

I will post a photograph when it's finished. up! up!

Even though the search was unsuccessful, many thanks for everyone's help. allthumbz allthumbz

Best regards,
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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:01 am

Dutto wrote:Even though the search was unsuccessful, many thanks for everyone's help. allthumbz allthumbz
The search was successful Ian, several times over. If we had found a crowbar as well so you could prise open your wallet, you wouldn't need to be making them! lol4

Isn't it funny how such a cheap and common item seems impossible to buy unless it's attached to a stick!!

I've just fitted a 40mm drain system to our grey waste tank. I reckon I could wee faster than the "fast draining" one erroneously described in the A/S blurb, and it can be embarrassing as the queue behind you at the dump point gets longer and longer. Finding a 40mm tap shouldn't be a problem, thinks I . . . . . scratch head

I did find one at last for only £7.99, but it took a lot of searching. One of the problems with Google is that you sometimes need to know the answer before you can ask the right question. shrugg

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