Last summer I developed a fence in our backyard, yet the soil was so rocky, I had to usage a jackhammer to "drill" the holes for the articles. Unfortunately, my extension cord was not long enough for the jackhammer to dig all the holes, so, for the last 4 posts, I offered steel stakes that go 3" right into the ground and have actually a 6" holder for the fence write-up to sit in - I understand, I understand... need to have simply obtained a much longer expansion cord, however I had to learn that the tough method.

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A few weeks back, a tornaexecute determined to come with Lynchburg, and also along with it - lots of wind. Well, you guessed it, that wind took out those last four posts in the fence. The trusty (not trusty) metal stake snapped in fifty percent best wright here the stake was welded to the article holder. I didn"t desire to go and also rent an additional jackhammer + my spine was fractured - that is another story - so I resorted to buying metal fence write-ups to hammer into the ground on both sides of the fence articles.

I took a pilgrimage to Home Depot and also put eight 5" metal fence short articles right into my cart and then discussed to look at the fence write-up motorists - you recognize, the metal cylinder thing with handles on the sides to hammer the stakes into the ground easily - $60. WHAT?! $60?? I assumed, "I don"t need that, I"ll simply hit everything in via a mallet - HA. When I gained home and also began my project, my mallet wouldn"t drive the write-up an inch into the ground. Now, I might have driven back to HD and also bought that article driver, yet at that moment, I was called earlier to the wise words of among the best TV personalities of all time - Ron Swanchild. In an episode of Parks and Rec, He made Andy and April"s wedding rings out of a wall surface scwhen (and says, "People that buy stuff are suckers." - I was not around to be a sucker! (Check out this 22 second video for the reference:

I assumed, "As a student, I pay $40 for a membership to Vector Space. I could buy this short article driver OR - I can go to Vector Gap and also BUILD IT MYSELF. So that"s specifically what I did. All of the jobs I have actually done, from building furniture to renovating my home have been so planned out and also sequenced, however I didn"t want to perform that on this job - I didn"t desire to meacertain a single thing. I gained in my auto, drove to Vector, scanned my card, checked out the welding area, looked through the plethora of scrap metal pieces and also proceeded to grind and cut and weld my post driver. I didn"t meacertain all but when item so that I might reduced it exactly in half (after which I thought, "I really didn"t need to carry out that") It took my 20 minutes to develop.


It was not pretty. It was not perfect. It was crude and the welds would certainly make Doc wince, yet it was whatever it essential to be. I acquired house and also checked my watch - the entirety adundertaking took only 45 minutes. I walked into the backyard and *TAP, TAP, TAP, TAP, TAP* - 5 taps with my "vectormade" post driver and also the post was in the ground. I was so ecstatic, I referred to as my wife exterior, verified her with the following write-up and did it in simply 3 taps - I then proceeded to execute the happy-dance-punch-the-air-and-make-primitive-man-noises celebration.

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So, I learned that every as soon as and also a while, you require make points out of scrap pieces with no drawings or sketches beforehand also... and you don"t always need to buy that $60 tool from Home Depot, sometimes... yes sometimes, you can head over to your neighborhood makerroom and make something that can not look as shiny, but will certainly perform a far better project.