Dog Stakes

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  by Jez



Does anyone have a dog stake or two that I can borrow for Kiwiburn? By “dog stake”, I mean one of these:

Or indeed any other means of making a fixing into earth that can take a substantial vertical load? Tent pegs, even big ones, are great for horizontal or low-angle loads, and can be bodged for vertical loads but there’s better ways to do it.

  • admin

    3*, to take about a 100 kg load, max.

    *or rather, 3 attachment points (which might be made of several individual anchors)

  • admin

    Hmm… the one stake I have is just galvanised steel, but I have bent it a little. The ones in shops now come with leads and pivots and assorted gubbins for your dog to run about, which I don’t need and don’t want to pay for.

    But yeah, something could be bodged.

    • pinkiepoopoo

      i just bought 4 from the price buster shop in newtown, for $3 each. these are only 40 cm long though. certainly looks stainless, though it is possible it’s exceptionally smooth galv.

      for future reference

  • randomdreams

    You should talk to about tent stakes. He did a *lot* of research on what makes a good stake and why, when he went to BurningMan this year and put up about 400 square meters of above-ground tarp that had to be able to stand up to BM winds. He had a lot to say about conventional stake design and how lousy it was.

    • admin

      It seems for stakes, it’s hard to beat just plain old huge steel ones. The stakes for this rig were old halfshafts:

      Took a fair bit of hammering to get them in, and a car to get them out, and that was just sandy soil.

  • ilmarinen

    See my reply to your message. My opinion, w/o basis in any direct experience, is that the “corkscrew” style you show here are a poor choice compared to a helical/auger style. The helical anchor provides much more surface area, and is the design used in big structural systems (giant helical piles for supporting building, including pull-out resistance).

    Don’t know what your budgets are, but since you only need 3 of them, the helical anchors I’ve seen for sale here in the USA aren’t that outrageously expensive–$10 US for 24″ ones (thats, what, about 60 cm? forgive me, I have to think in “English” units for my job and most common materials I get in the US). Found them in a good general-purpose hardware store here. Places that sell portable garages (steel tube and tarp structures, aka carports) sell sets of them for anchoring also.


  • admin

    And, so that Google knows, if you’re after screw-in ground anchors/augers in NZ, then you’ll be wanting to talk to DC Ross.

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