Bud - is there any chance those large hair/bobby pins would work - they
are about 2 to 3 inches long and can be found at any YL Improvement Center!
Bud Hippisley, K2KIR wrote:
> This winter I put up a 90-foot Rohn 45 guyed tower -- partly to support my HF
> Yagis and partly to serve as my top-loaded 160-meter vertical.
> Because the ground was frozen by the time I could get around to putting down
> radials, I laid some temporary radials on top of the ground just before the
> first significant snowfall. Now the snow has gone (finally!) and everybody
> is tripping over the wires, so now I need to bury two or three dozen
> "permanent" radials. After looking in my junk box, the radials are most apt
> to be #12 insulated solid copper house wire (for mechanical strength) or #16
> bare solid copper wire (if I find any advantage to using it).
> I live in a forest, so the top surface of my yard consists of pine needles,
> clumps of moss, and numerous surface roots from pines, balsams, hemlocks, and
> an occasional hardwood. Because there are so many roots I doubt that the
> "EdgeHog" or any similar device would be of much use to me. Instead, I'm
> thinking of hand trenching with a garden trowel a foot or two at a time,
> where possible, and then using some kind of pound-in clip to hold each radial
> in place where it has to come out of the ground to go over a tree root.
> (Probably in pairs -- one on each side of the root.) Something that looks
> like a miniature tent-peg seems like it would be ideal, but I certainly can't
> afford real tent-pegs, based on the prices I've seen in area stores, and
> they're typically far too big for what I have in mind.
> Soooo.....I'm wondering if anyone knows of something that would do the "tie
> down" job and is readily (and cheaply) available at Lowe's, Home Depot, or
> the national hardware chains. (Whatever I use, I expect to need many
> hundreds of them.) Alternatively, has anyone ever taken a large electrical
> or construction staple and bent the sharp ends back up, so that they resist
> being removed -- much like the barb on a fish hook -- after being driven into
> the ground?
> Bud, K2KIR
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