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Distance markers - some help needed

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dag, May 22, 2014.

  1. Dag

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    A little challenge for the brain cells . The attached pic shows the base of a solar garden light and is 10" high when fully pressed into the ground . I have 12 of these and was thinking of using them as distance markers down at the club range, starting at 20yds and then one every 5yds thereafter . The only place I can use them has long grass and wild flowers and I can clip round the markers but need the markers to stand higher than the quick growing grass.
    The top section of the tube is 1" i/d and is 4" deep. Any thoughts as to how I can finish them off with a nice clear distance marker, circular or square or whatever, would be appreciated.
    I've got a couple of ideas but just know that whatever I come up with there'll be someone out there who has a better idea or can post a pic of something I can copy. :up:
    Dag. View attachment 96783
     
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    No pic mate....:eek:
     
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    Thanks! It helps if I attach them to start!
    Dag :eek:
     
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    Personnally Dag, I would nip down to B&Q and buy a length of 10mm square section spruce, then hunt about for some 10-11mm ali square tubing and a sheet of 3-4mm thick ply from a model/hobby shop or B&Q if they have any. Cut the spruce into relevant lengths to be above the vegetation, cut the tubing into 75mm lengths and flatten 10mm of one end in the vice. Cut the ply into 15x10cm rectangles and after making a pilot hole, screw them to the top of each length of spruce then paint white with matt enamel, then paint your distance numbers in matt black on each (or buy some self adhesive black house numbers from a cheapie shop). Push the ali tube into the ground at the precise distances, flush with the surface in case the club wants to mow one day. The spruce markers can be slipped in and out of the square ali tubes each session and won't turn in any breeze. Maybe cap the tubes between sessions.

    Sorry it's not using what you asked to use, but if you make what I've said above, they'll last years, be 100% visable and look very pro...:up:
     
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    You may be able to find some plastic electrical conduit to fit them, B&Q would be worth a look. The plumbing waste pipe is only about 21mm od so will be too small. For the marker discs you could use some old cd discs, flat the label side down with fine sandpaper/wet and dry and paint white or black as required, one or two pop rivets would fix them to hollow tube and would be more secure than gluing to a round tube. Depends on how cheaply you want to do it really, you could buy aluminium tube, but that's quite expensive, and use ply or aluminium for the markers.
     
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    Some excellent suggestions,thanks everyone.
    The original idea I had was to cut 12" sections of 1"round dowel or broom handle and nail jam jar lids on. The lids could be painted black with white numbers or whatever gives clearest view.
    I'll have another read of your suggestions though and we'll see what develops from them.
    Ta!
    Dag
     
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    Find yourself some one inch dowel, cut it to the size you want, stick it in the top of your tubes then place an empty coke can upside down on each dowel after bashing a one inch hole in them.:D
     
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    Get some cheap broom stales, cut them to the length you require, spray them black and then spray the numbers in white vertically in white with a stencil!
     
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    View attachment 96790 Just cut a length of 4x2 into 4x4 squares and drill a hole in one edge the same size as the post to half the depth of the block. If you drill at right angles to the grain you can use them to push down on to force the spike into the ground. Spray paint them white and write the numbers on the face with a black permanent marker.
     
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    Plastic electrical conduit is available in 25mm OD, cheap as chips, should be a snug fit.
     

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