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Old 12-05-2017, 09:13 PM   #1
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This guy has a bunch of interesting youtube videos out. Here is one to introduce him to CT members if they never saw him.

It is about square vs round concrete stakes.

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Old 12-05-2017, 10:09 PM   #2
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Love his stuff, especially his anvil work but I also went through many others including his spec house.

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He's building a house now (or recently), just to film and share the steps. Is that one still going on?
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Hmm. Never even saw square stakes around here. Round and flat are all my suppliers have. Flat ones bend way too easy.

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Shows you how backward I am, I thought square stakes were the only kind to use.

At least I don't have to unlearn a bad habit....
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Shows you how backward I am, I thought square stakes were the only kind to use.

At least I don't have to unlearn a bad habit....


Each of the four types of stakes I'm aware of have their own pros and cons. Many areas around me (south shore of lake Michigan) is all sand. Any metal stake is just about useless. Reason being,no holding power,the thin metal just gets shoved around. The answer,1.5" x 2.5" wooden stakes. The wood of choice,cotton wood. Reason,it very seldom splits unlike pine. It has a tendency after a while for the head to mushroom,no problem,just take a saw and nip off the top inch or so and you're ready to go again.
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Guess I'm a fat equipment operator/hack.

Didn't even know there were square stakes.




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