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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:42 pm

Dave,

Point taken ... hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins

... but have you seen the cost of crowbars??? Whistle1  Whistle1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holdon-4-inch-Crowbar-Chisel-Point/dp/B004I34J3Y/ref=sr_1_7?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1471988562&sr=1-7&keywords=crowbar

Another reason I am making my own "Dibber"! allthumbz allthumbz

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

Post by Gromit on Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:31 am

lol4 @ Ian

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by mikeyval on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:39 pm

ebay 291293244895   but expensive

Cheap alternative =
go to car boot sale.
find a stall selling old tools.
Look for old wood auger.
stick it in the drill - job done

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:07 pm

One Dibber duly manufactured!



Whenever I attempt to weld anything it's a trip down Memory Lane!

I learned my welding skills from the self-taught engineering school of "Near Enough is Good Enough" and I am forever reminded of my good friend John Holton who passed away about six years ago!

John was a time-served Boilermaker, regarded welders as a sub-species of humanity ranked somewhere between Child Molesters and Rapists and was forever pointing out (especially to any welder he met) "During World War Two boilermakers were in a restricted occupation, but they taught women how to weld in a month!"

I once asked him if he thought I could weld up a boat and his reply was as above with the addition of "Just buy the biggest grinder you can afford and you will be fine." and he was right!

So this morning, when I dug out the grinder to "tidy up" my excruciatingly poor welding work I stopped to remember John ... think_smiley_46 think_smiley_46

... and then painted it anyway. hugegrins hugegrins

The good news is that our friend Jean-Claude in St Nazaire was a welder before he retired so once I get over my embarrassment I will hand it over for him to weld it properly.

Many thanks for all the suggestions ... allthumbz allthumbz

... it's about now that someone comes up with the definitive answer to my original request. Whistle1 Whistle1

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by NORGIL on Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:11 pm

That's one way to keep the fridge door shut.

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:17 pm

Dutto wrote:... it's about now that someone comes up with the definitive answer to my original request. Whistle1 Whistle1
That's easy Ian.

Make as many dibbers as you need for your windbreak without the handles on the top, and get a socking great hammer to drive them into the ground.
Who needs poles when you've got dibbers that look the same? Whistle1  snigger


But seriously though . . .

They have made me think that a length of aluminium tube would work better than a wooden pole, and fitting a metal spike in the end would be dead easy. Ideally turn a shank on a bit of steel rod the same diameter as the tube, and fix with a couple of self tappers.

If you don't have access to a lathe, find some steel rod that's a snug fit inside the tube and use self tappers again.

You've already got a grinder, so making the points shouldn't be too difficult. Ally tubes might even be lighter than wooden poles??

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:50 am

Dave,

Great idea and if ever the wooden poles suffer from woodworm or dry-rot then I will be right there  ... up!

... but until then all I see are ££££££££££ signs! tap_fingers  tap_fingers

Grincheux vieil avare ?  Moi ? Sans route !  Whistle1 Whistle1

Already getting into France mode!  allthumbz  allthumbz

drinksallround
Ian

PS

Also just realised where "The Grinch" came from when titling the film of that name!!  Live and learn! up!

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by daisy mae on Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:09 am

Oh Ian you do make me laugh, how many years have your pole  ends lasted,?  it must work out minute cents, per year winks  enjoy your dibber though, happy dibbing. big thumbs up
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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Gromit on Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:35 am

Aaaahhhhhhhhhh. Now I understand - it wasn't thunder we heard yesterday coming from the direction of Lincolnshire.

It was the rusty hinges protesting as Dutto prised open his wallet!! lol4

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by Dutto on Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:58 pm

daisy mae wrote:Oh Ian you do make me laugh, how many years have your pole  ends lasted,?  it must work out minute cents, per year winks  enjoy your dibber though, happy dibbing. big thumbs up

The poles have only been used seven times (4 x 1 month and 3 x 3 months) and we have been shedding the tips since the first time they were recovered from the ground five years ago!

The ones that lost their tips after the first foray have been sharpened a couple of times and are again looking a bit frayed at the ends, hence the desire to find new tips or, as suggested, use a dibber to stop them hitting stones on the way down.

It may be hard to believe, but I am constantly reminded that I am a spendthrift ... wave wave

... whenever I buy anything that may be classed as a "Boy's Toy"! look here look here


But like most men I just suffer in silence ... Whistle1 Whistle1

... and go out to play with my latest purchase! hugegrins  hugegrins


drinksallround

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Re: Steel &/or Aluminium tips for Windbreak Pole

Post by mikeyval on Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:28 pm

Aluminium tube or Copper tube
My question to ask the more knowledgeable amongst us is this =

Which tube sizes will comfortably slide within each other
The larger of the two will either be 19 mm or 22 mm ---- but not critical

I am making something up but I need it to be telescopic / adjustable
Looking for advice please.

I placed it under this heading as this is quite well read
Thanks
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