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brichi
02-21-2018, 10:35 PM
So I have these anchors like im sure a lot of us have for my mega tree - https://www.christmaslightshow.com/15-inch-mega-tree-anchors.html?category_id=30

I can drill them into the ground easily with a socket on the end of my drill but its near impossible to use the same to get the anchor out. the anchor in the ground will just spin but not come up and if I try and pull up obviously the drill is just coming off the anchor. is there some kind of lockable socket or something you guys are using to pull these up and out while spinning in reverse?

thanks!

iflights
02-21-2018, 10:40 PM
They don't come out as nicely as they go in. I use a channel lock plier positioned just below the hex nut area but open wide enough to allow the rod to spin freely. I just gently lift up while the drill is spinning in reverse and it comes right out.

brichi
02-21-2018, 10:42 PM
ahhhh thats a good idea, I have those laying around, ill give that a shot,

I figured there may be (cant find so far anywhere) a socket that goes over the hex top but then have like a set screw or chuck to lock onto the hex head of the anchor

abslte23
02-22-2018, 08:24 AM
I would just put some rebar or a 12" inch nail through the hoop and twist and pull up.

brichi
02-22-2018, 08:31 AM
I would just put some rebar or a 12" inch nail through the hoop and twist and pull up.

theres no hoop on these, the hoop screws off and then you have a hex end to put a socket on

frederic
02-22-2018, 01:05 PM
My soil is mostly heavy clay and thus anything I stick into the ground for the most part, becomes permanent. Stakes, spiral stakes, tent pegs, everything. It got really annoying to dig them out every year, because I had to do so before I mow come spring.

I came up with a permanent solution about four years ago and it works well for me. I purchased four 36" sections of 1/4" black pipe. I cut a simple point on one end of each, slipped in a 1/4" bolt in the other with a washer underneath, then beat them into the ground until only about 10-12" stuck out of the ground. I cut them flush to the ground with my angle grinder.

I then oiled the hole, oiled a 5/16" tap, then tapped the end of the pipe.

During xmas season, I screw into those pipes 5/16" eyes. I lube them with used motor oil to help prevent them from rusting to the pipe. Off season, I take those out and oil up 5/16" bolts and thread them in, with a garden hose connector gasket underneath the head - keeps the water out.

If you want to guarantee they won't spin ever in non-clay soil, weld a small fin of 1/8" thick steel on the bottom before bashing it into the ground. The tab wouldn't have to be huge or anything. An inch long, 3/8" wide, 1/8" thick is more than enough.

brichi
02-22-2018, 01:32 PM
thank you Frederick, thats something to think about too, I can just drill them in till they are flush and just leave them in and unscrew the hook on off season and put a bolt in it place

TheLost
02-22-2018, 02:58 PM
I just use these...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-17-in-Chrome-Plated-Tie-Out-Stake-803122/203958745

Then I can use the o'l crowbar/rebar method for removal.

brichi
02-22-2018, 03:24 PM
thanks for the link! Thats strong enough to hold the weight of a big tree pulling around from wind?

rstehle
02-22-2018, 03:52 PM
I've been using these for about 10 years. They won't pull out of your soil, and can be removed easier than installing them.........

https://www.homedepot.com/p/TIEDOWN-Storage-Shed-Eye-Anchor-Kit-59075/100318600

brichi
02-22-2018, 03:58 PM
thats pretty much what I am using now, maybe ill give those a try though being I can use the loop at top to twist out of ground

Little_b
02-23-2018, 12:20 AM
I just use these...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-17-in-Chrome-Plated-Tie-Out-Stake-803122/203958745

Then I can use the o'l crowbar/rebar method for removal.


I use the same thing and haven't had any issues getting them in or out and I have clay soil as well.

brichi
03-06-2018, 12:29 PM
back on this again, lol

What about building a structure of 2" steel pipe, painted white, throw some leds on it to make it part of the show and build it coming up the sides of each side of the house and then span across to hang the screen from like in the pic

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1knymOY6DMPGVryeSNt2PYMCFdP9bHEtj/view?usp=sharing