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Unread 09-07-2009, 03:13 PM
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Tent stake tips

I bring all kinds of tent stakes when I car camp. Yellow plastic ones for loose soil light duty use, heavy steel ones for rocky or hard soil, and large square orange plastic ones of two different lengths for when I need the stake to hold against a strong pull in loose soil.

If you are trying to keep something secure in sand there is only one solution---the wooden stake. (Works for vampires as well, but that's another story.) One by three by 18" wood stakes hold in sand where nothing else will.

If you are having trouble pulling out your stake after a weekend camping---try the following. While maintaining a steady pull upward on the stake, tap the side with your hatchet. It may take a minute or two, but the stake will come out. Just keep tapping.

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I'm very rough with my stakes and I only use the long, thick steel ones. I bend or breake all the others. I spike them in an angle when the terrain give me trouble.
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I typically go to Home Depot and purchase a bunch of large 12 nails and washers to use as tent stakes. So far, I haven't been able to break one.... yet They're pretty cheap, around $1 for a nail and probably 10 cents for a washer.
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I have both 10" and 12" nails that I have for extra stakes. They work great but rust really quick.

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I should take a picture of my collection, hah. I think I have like 50 of them.
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they do add up over time huh? Yeah the nails do rust very easily, and so far I have no way to prevent it from happening. :(
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a good metal polish takes the rust away, without too much of an effort.
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Thank you for this advice That was very interesting and informative
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Not sure they'd carry em at HD and they would cost a little more up front but Galvanized nails wont rust.
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I have never seen galvanized nails larger than a 16d.

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