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Best Method To Keep Blow Molds Standing

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I use any one of these methods or a combination.

* Small garden rocks in Ziploc Freezer bags. Just fill bag enough so it slips through light hole in back. Usually takes about four to five bags.

* PVC or conduit pipe banged a foot in the ground and slide mold over it. I also add weight in the mold for better stability. Usually a two feet section is good.

* Same as above but this time I either zip tie the mold to the pipe or I have heard others using aluminium wire. Pole has to be size of mold after a foot in ground

* I made stands for my soldiers and screwed them to the stand.

How to make stand: Take a piece of plywood and cut it to 12" x 12", put soldier in middle, then take a foot long piece of 1x2 lay it against the soldier so it is flat and mark it on the piece of plywood, take soldier off of stand, wood glue 1x2 to 12"x 12" plywood and add a sheet rock screw through bottom. If you have many like I did I took all measurements so all I had to do was mark each piece. For added stability I drilled two holes through the plywood so I could slip tent stakes through the holes into the ground. Get the tent stakes that look like big nails. I found them at Harbor Freight. One screw through bottom into mold and one through 1x2 into mold. Don't forget to paint the stands. When I painted mine the 1x2 was glued and screwed first. I used the cheapest black paint I could find. One gallon painted 25 stands twice.

Hope this helps you. Oh yeah forgot one. I use bricks inside too. I have some molds that a brick slips in nicely. I got one snowman with four bricks. :-)

Have yet to have any fall over in the New England winters.

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A good part of my yard is sloped, so I use the cheap, short green metal fenceposts from Lowe's. I drive the post in, and then tie the mold to it with aluminum wire (the aluminum won't rust or stain the molds). This keeps them from leaning. I also use wood bases with 10" spikes for shorter, smaller molds like sheep, etc. on level parts of the yard.

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rebar. I also will use a clothespin to hold the cable tight to the extension cord so it doesn't turn.

Another alternative to keeping them from turning is drill a small hole in back of blowmold and put a cable tie through it, an attache cable tie to groudn stake.

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You might need to add some of kind of padding if you slide the molds over rebar or pipe to prevent the bulbs from being busted. Water pipe wraps works good.

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Good thread IMO - falling molds cause damage sometimes - scuffs at least - which we don't want. I love all of the above ideas. I drill small holes close to the bases and use metal "tent stakes" all arounf the base. However, if the ground is saturated from rains, I've had them to pull up the stakes in high winds. Luckily, I live in a "hole" - so wind is not that much of an issue, normally.

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