keeping it all down

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Re: keeping it all down

Post by dlarson » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:06 am

I use the Ti stakes from BackpackingLight.
6-packs from REI are $20.00 and the 6-packs from BackpackingLight are $15.00 or $13.50 for members. $15-$13 seems reasonable to me.

I do think it's easier for the skewer type stakes to get pulled out from the ground or spin in place compared to some other styles. I always make sure to press it all the way down until the hook starts to go into the ground. If I do that and set the stake at the correct angle I usually don't have any problems.
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by irrationalsolutions » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:28 pm

as stated in another thread i used the last of my tooling alum today. i found that the stakes fit great in the tube the alum came in. i only have 8 stakes but they all fit and i think i might be able to get more in it. the tube is light but i wish i could find another top that is a little lighter. however, to keep everything in my pack form getting poked and dirty from the stakes i dont really mind the extra weight.
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by realityguy » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:06 pm

I find that plastic lids come in all sizes from food containers,don't weigh much, and you get a nice bonus with a can of peanuts,pringles,or whatever else came under the lid!With careful planning,the misses will buy it for you too! :lol: :lol:
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by irrationalsolutions » Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:50 pm

i just got to thinking about it and when i finish the hammock tarps i will need 10 stakes per hammock. the only saving grace i have with this is that the wife doesnt like going out when its cold. i was working on trying to work her into it but knowing that i have to carry some of her stuff and i will need a total of 20 stakes for winter camping i think i will just let her stay at home! :o :twisted:

but i will still go and take my dog! :D she is better in the woods than the wife anyway.
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by realityguy » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:16 pm

That picture of the tent stakes reminds me of a lot of older 1950s-60s countertop aluminum inside corner extrusions...hmm..it comes in 12' pieces.I'll have to see if I still have some of that stuff and see how strong it is as far as bending..I might have a 100+ stakes laying around! :shock: :lol: It'd be nice to use it up for something else since they don't use it in laminate countertops any more...
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by irrationalsolutions » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:09 am

i havent seen those counter tops in years, they were before my time.

i was thinking about my wind screen. while testing outside i have had a problem a few times when the wind picked up, it actually blew away once and i had to go get it and put it back on. on the trail this could be a problem. since i cut a new on as soon as i get the holes punched in the bottom of it i was thinking about using a couple small stakes to hold it down. i think i remember qelph saying something about using the metal from those road side signs for stakes. well, they are on a rampage around here about those things so there arent many around. what do y'all think about making them out of coat hangers? and do you think taking a couple small stakes for this is over kill?
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by oops56 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:57 am

Here is big windscreen for my stoves they have rods on each end i put holes in table for them you could us two windsceew one for heat one for wind.

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Re: keeping it all down

Post by Ridgerunner » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:46 pm

IR, I was at Wallyworld yesterday and found an paintball ammo container that looks like it will work nicely for these Coleman stakes. The lid has a metal pin hinge and snaps closed. The diameter is about 2.25", slightly bigger than I need for my 8 stakes for my hammock. I know it will hold 12 and maybe a couple more. Cost: $1.98

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Re: keeping it all down

Post by irrationalsolutions » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:21 pm

here is a pic of what i am going to try.

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it has all 8 stakes in it now. i know it will hold more but i dont know how much more. since i know i will need 10 stakes for the winter tarp i'll pick up another pack this week and see if they fit.

thanks for the idea RR. i used to be into paintball so if i remember right the tube the alum came in is a little lighter but i'm not sure about the knob/loop sticking out of the top of it. if i have a problem with this your idea is next on the list.
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Re: keeping it all down

Post by realityguy » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:14 pm

Some people seem to be concerned about stakes penetrating tents,pack,and that..and what to store them in in a pack.I found this interesting--->
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I'm probably old-school and using the thin metal stakes with the 90 degree bend on the end(or a 'U') and these would work perfect for those!Inside length is 7-3/4" and should hold about 8 or more fine..haven't tried yet..These are "Slide-Action Toothbrush Holders"..Weight is 37 grams.I paid 99 cents at a thrift store but some other stores should have them close to that price.I need to find another 4-5 to keep one with each tent or hammock.Nice compact case for that purpose..if you use skinny stakes that will fit inside.Overall about 8"x1-1/2"x1-1/4".There is a spot on the skinny end where you can push on the inside piece to open it up.otherwise They fit snug inside.You know..a person could use one for a toothbrush holder..and even IR's wife might appreciate that and buy him one or two... if he's nice... :lol: :DB: :DB:
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