Last summer I built a fence in our backyard, however the soil was so rocky, I had actually to usage a jackhammer to "drill" the holes for the posts. Unfortunately, my expansion cord was not long enough for the jackhammer to dig all the holes, so, for the last 4 short articles, I used metal stakes that go 3" right into the ground and have a 6" holder for the fence write-up to sit in - I know, I know... should have simply acquired a much longer expansion cord, however I had to learn that the difficult method.

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A few weeks earlier, a tornado made a decision to come via Lynchburg, and in addition to it - lots of wind. Well, you guessed it, that wind took out those last four write-ups in the fence. The trusty (not trusty) metal stake snapped in fifty percent ideal wright here the stake was welded to the short article holder. I didn"t desire to go and rent another jackhammer + my spine was fractured - that is an additional story - so I resorted to buying metal fence articles to hammer into the ground on both sides of the fence short articles.

I took a pilgrimage to Home Depot and put eight 5" metal fence posts right into my cart and then reviewed to look at the fence post chauffeurs - you recognize, the metal cylinder point with handles on the sides to hammer the stakes right into the ground easily - $60. WHAT?! $60?? I believed, "I don"t require that, I"ll just hit everything in via a mallet - HA. When I obtained house and also started my project, my mallet wouldn"t drive the write-up an inch right into the ground. Now, I could have moved ago to HD and also bought that write-up driver, however at that moment, I was called back to the wise words of among the biggest TV personalities of all time - Ron Swanson. In an episode of Parks and also Rec, He made Andy and also April"s wedding rings out of a wall scwhen (and also states, "People that buy stuff are suckers." - I was not around to be a sucker! (Check out this 22 second video for the reference:

I thought, "As a student, I pay $40 for a membership to Vector Void. I might buy this write-up driver OR - I could go to Vector Space and also BUILD IT MYSELF. So that"s precisely what I did. All of the tasks I have actually done, from structure furniture to renovating my residence have been so planned out and sequenced, however I didn"t desire to do that on this task - I didn"t desire to measure a single thing. I got in my vehicle, drove to Vector, scanned my card, checked out the welding area, looked with the plethora of scrap metal pieces and also proceeded to grind and also reduced and weld my article driver. I didn"t measure all but when piece so that I can reduced it specifically in half (after which I thought, "I really didn"t should execute that") It took my 20 minutes to build.


It was not pretty. It was not perfect. It was crude and the welds would certainly make Doc wince, yet it was whatever it needed to be. I got home and checked my watch - the whole adventure took only 45 minutes. I walked into the backyard and *TAP, TAP, TAP, TAP, TAP* - 5 taps via my "vectormade" post driver and also the short article was in the ground. I was so ecstatic, I dubbed my wife external, showed her via the next short article and also did it in just 3 taps - I then proceeded to carry out the happy-dance-punch-the-air-and-make-primitive-man-noises celebration.

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So, I learned that eextremely as soon as and a while, you require make things out of scrap pieces with no drawings or sketches beforehand... and also you don"t constantly need to buy that $60 tool from Home Depot, periodically... yes occasionally, you have the right to head over to your neighborhood makerroom and make something that could not look as shiny, yet will certainly do a much better job.