Do-it-Yourself PVC Rod Holder
PVC pipe is a material of almost endless possibilities. Most commonly used for routing the flow of water, PVC pipe is well-suited for a wide range of do-it-yourself inventions and problem-solving creations. A rod holder is one such creation that is easy to make, inexpensive and, most of all, easy to use. With a minimum of materials and tools, a fisherman can create a means of keeping valuable fishing equipment off the ground.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- 2-inch diameter PVC pipe, 3 feet long
Place the PVC pipe on a sturdy work surface. Select a workbench or other area suitable for cutting. Consider placing an old rubber doormat or other material underneath the pipe to help prevent movement while cutting.
Cut one end of the pipe at a 30-degree angle, using a saw. This beveled cut will be used as a point to insert the pipe into the sand. Make a small cut with the saw on the pipe, angle the saw blade and cut down and across the pipe toward the end.
Select a medium-grit sandpaper and sand the top end of the sand spike. Work the sandpaper around the inside and outside edge of the pipe. Switch to a fine-grit paper and continue sanding the inside and outside edges of the pipe. This is done to smooth and round the top edge so that the cork handle of a reel will not be damaged during use.
Sand the 30-degree cut end with medium-grit sandpaper to remove any sharp edges or uneven cuts.
Tips & Warnings
Use a rubber mallet or place a board over the end of the spike when hammering into the sand. This will help prevent damage to the end that holds the rod.
Use caution when cutting pipe; secure the pipe to prevent it from rolling while cutting. This could cause injury.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.
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