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Staking Plywood Cutouts In The Ground

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Previously I was using 3/4" Plywood and using 1/2" wood screws to attach the emt pipe to the cutouts using pipe clamps.

This year for cost reasons I am switching to 1/2" plywood and as I understand this is more common anyways. Obviously if I use the 1/2" wood screws they will go all the way through my cutouts. How is everyone attaching their cutouts so as not to damage the painted side of my art?

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I use the T-stakes with a long enough screw as not to come thru the front. I did tweak one last season that popped thru, but no biggie.

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I use round head sheet metal screws. Lowe's stocks them in 50 or 100 ct. I think I got 3/4 inch for 3/4 inch thick projects and maybe 1/2 inch for my 1/2 stuff.

Watch out swapping everything over to 1/2 inch plywood, if you have something over 5 ft, any warping is more visible.

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I don't have plywood cutouts, but I used 3/4" conduit and clamps on the back of my tune to signs. I thought about it for a while and I used bolts that went through my sign. The I painted the round head of the bolt. You could use bolts that have heads that you could countersink and make them flush. My signs are far enough away from the road that the heads of the bolts are not that noticeable.

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One 'trick' we do for our foam tombstones for Halloween is to glue a piece of scrap plywood or 1x4 to the back for support. The plywood takes the brunt of the wind load rather than screwing pipe clamps directly into the foam.

No reason you couldn't simply glue a piece of scrap plywood tailored to the shaped of the cutout to the back of it; it would both strengthen the mounting area as well as to give the screws something thicker to bite into....

HTH

CW

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I use 2x2 screwed to the back, hasent failed me yet.

Same here - I have a 1x2" screwed into the back. It has holes drilled through it vertically, where I can thread wires to and twist onto the green fenceposts that hold up the cutouts. Makes for quick setup/teardown.

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I have used EMT tubing with the tubing straps. If your plywood is thick enough you can screw the straps to the plywood, if not you can use stove bolts (small ones) to anchor the straps. When you do this method you can drive one of the EMT tubes straight and the second one at an angle, this makes it just slightly harder to pull up and may slow someone down that is not so honest.

Anthony

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I mount some of my stuff, (chennile forms, blow molds) onto a sheet of 3/8" plywood.

About 24" x 24" or 18" x 18" in size.

Depending on the size of the form.

(I like the board to be about 3-4 inches bigger than the object on it.)

Simply drill a hole in each corner of the plywood and tent peg it to the ground.

At least 2 pegs per board.

My castle with 2 12ft (half) mega trees are mounted onto 4-12 ft. pressure treated 2x4's and set on the ground.

No additional weight, or stakes.

No problems last year and none so far this year.

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Seriously, though. I use "elevator" bolts because they are unslotted and flat headed; kind of like a "stove" bolt.

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I have a plywood cut out Nativity scene. I use T posts. These are heavy duty post often used in electric fence. They can be easily driven in the ground with a T post driver and then pulled up later with the t post puller. I attach my cut outs using long heavy duty Zip Ties. I have been doing this for about 6 or so years and my cut outs have made it through at least three major wind/tornado warnings.

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I have a plywood cut out Nativity scene. I use T posts. These are heavy duty post often used in electric fence. They can be easily driven in the ground with a T post driver and then pulled up later with the t post puller. I attach my cut outs using long heavy duty Zip Ties. I have been doing this for about 6 or so years and my cut outs have made it through at least three major wind/tornado warnings. The T posts can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot or Tractor Supply. Be sure to get the heavy duty ones.

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I have a plywood cut out Nativity scene. I use T posts. These are heavy duty post often used in electric fence. They can be easily driven in the ground with a T post driver and then pulled up later with the t post puller. I attach my cut outs using long heavy duty Zip Ties. I have been doing this for about 6 or so years and my cut outs have made it through at least three major wind/tornado warnings. The T posts can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot or Tractor Supply. Be sure to get the heavy duty ones.

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