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    Now, I only used what screws and nuts I had lying around. The only thing I went out to buy was the pvc and the caps.

    I'll pic up some proper parts later on, but I'm gonna test this out tomorrow.

    I still have to fill the pvc up with sand, pretty exciting stuff!

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    I have to adjust the length of chain so that when I go in reverse, it wont get snagged. Not too difficult!
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    Now, I only used what screws and nuts I had lying around. The only thing I went out to buy was the pvc and the caps.

    I'll pic up some proper parts later on, but I'm gonna test this out tomorrow.

    I still have to fill the pvc up with sand, pretty exciting stuff!

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    I have to adjust the length of chain so that when I go in reverse, it wont get snagged. Not too difficult!
    Hey, thats a good idea! You could even fill the PVC with water instead of sand, that way if it ever got a hole in it you wouldn't have a trail of sand behind you. I finally broke down a bought a factory striper for my Scag. At $400 it was wayyy pricey but it works so much better than the rubber flap I hade made and put on mine. Good idea!!!!

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    • #3
      You better bend them s hooks to lock the chain in or your first time backing up your gonna run it over and rip it off,

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      • #4
        You better bend them s hooks to lock the chain in or your first time backing up your gonna run it over and rip it off,
        Agreed, the 's' hooks are probably temporary. The screws can't fit through the links on the chain

        I'll try bending them tomorrow.

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        This got me thinking... i wonder if i can attach some rake ends to this.. make a cheap arsed dethatcher lmao
        Last edited by CHEESE2009; 05-18-2012, 07:55 PM.

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        • #5
          Just a thought...

          Could you substitute deadbeat clients for the PVC pipe?

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          • #6
            Cheese, its gonna be to light unless you add concrete. You need 3" or 4" pvc pipe to use sand. It has to be 30-40 lbs.

            Heres mine.




            Link to DIY Lawn Stripe instructions.

            I made mine so it rolls. It wont get caught under your tires since it just touches the ground.

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            • #7
              Concrete sounds like such a pain in the arse to use lol..

              I wonder how many rods of rebar I can stuff in this thing...

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              • #8
                Rebar is a good idea. I'm curious to see how good this will work.

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                • #9
                  Rebar is a good idea. I'm curious to see how good this will work.
                  Well if you don't hear from me tomorrow afternoon, it's because my tractor shot rebar into my face. lol

                  I'll post pics asap!

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                  • #10
                    Alright, so I tested it out.

                    I re-adjusted pretty much everything. It didn't do much, lol.

                    I need to add more weight, so far I had added another length of pvc to drag behind the first length of pvc, I screwed them together.

                    Then after I did that, I became tired and too lazy to bother with this lmao. The more weight I add, the more difficult it is to be 'safe' when I reverse, there is so little room and I don't want to drag a massive load.

                    Anyway, i'll go back to the drawing board soon.

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                    • #11
                      what about lead or other heavier metals? though it doesn't get much heavier then lead barring uranium XD steel is pretty light compared to other high density materials.

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                      • #12
                        I made my first one and it worked ok but it just wasn't heavy enough. Here is what it looked like...<a href="http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u486/PineHillLawn/?action=view&amp;current=100_2263.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u486/PineHillLawn/100_2263.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a><br><br>
                        So after thinking about a PVC one and going through all the hassle of making it and making sure it didnt get snagged on anything on a customers property, or get caught under the deck, I decided I would just bite the bullet for the Factory Made one. It's very expensive, $400, but after I mounted it on and used it just one time I could instantly see a huge difference in how much better it stripes. I'm not saying the PVC or a rubber flap isn't going to work, they do, but the factory made one that fits my Scag mower is spring loaded and presses the grass down so well, I'm glad I went with it. I paid for it in a weeks worth of mowing so I figured I'd be better off and it'll look more professional to go that route. Here's how the factory on looks on the machine<br><br><a href="http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u486/PineHillLawn/?action=view&amp;current=100_2350.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u486/PineHillLawn/100_2350.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
                        Last edited by PineHillLawn; 05-21-2012, 08:26 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Dont Mow to the dirt either....keep a little length to allow the grass to lay in that direction. Although Im a fan of stripes / making ingenious things like this, I dont like this pvc thing Ive been seeing. it looks awkward, goddy and tacky. you might as well wear golf shoes for aerating too. I know youll be offended but I am entitled to my opinion!! lol

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                          • #14
                            Dont Mow to the dirt either....keep a little length to allow the grass to lay in that direction. Although Im a fan of stripes / making ingenious things like this, I dont like this pvc thing Ive been seeing. it looks awkward, goddy and tacky. you might as well wear golf shoes for aerating too. I know youll be offended but I am entitled to my opinion!! lol

                            LOL. Well I modified it a bit to look more 'proper' and less of a piece of crap hahaha. (still a piece of crap though)

                            BUT STILL, the damn thing is just a disaster. I didn't spend more than $20 on the entire thing, so it was worth a shot.

                            ALL IN ALL: PVC unfortunately SUCKS!

                            I'm a fan of putting 1000 screws into everything, but screws and pvc don't work. I had to put wood inside the tube in order to keep the hooks from ripping off.

                            When I adjusted the chain, the length was perfect to the point I would never run over the pvc, that was the only good thing that came out of this.

                            I'll take a pic maybe tomorrow of what the final modification looks like, and you guys can be the judge. Personally, I can't wait to throw it all out lmao.

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                            • #15
                              ALL IN ALL: PVC unfortunately SUCKS!
                              PVC works, your just not using enough weight. It has to be heavy enough to bend the grass. Get a 3" or 4" PVC pipe and I bet you a coffee it works.

                              I spent less then $10 on mine but I spent some time finding out what does and doesnt work first.

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