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Trying To Figure Out How To Get My Blowmold Camel To Stay Up All The Time

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hey there i have the typical blowmold camel, he wont stay up i was thinking of putting sand in the bottom but the blub socket is there, ive always just put a really short stake behind him but its just not working this year in the location i moved the nativity set too. any suggestions? thanks chris

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Screw one of those stakes that come with the inflatables in the ground behind him and use wire to attach him to the eye of the stake. or

Pull the bulb out temporarily, pour some sand and shake it to the opposite end from the bulb and reinsert bulb.

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I screw wood to the bottom using a couple of drywall screws and set something heavy on the wood behind it that way you cant see anything when he is lit up.

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What we did is drilled a hole in the bottom of him the slip it over a stake.

That is what I allways did when I used those camels, I put two in actually, one on each end and that kept them up, I know how annoying they can be!

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I use the inflatable stakes and fishing line. I wrap the fishing line around the mold and the tie it to the stake. I have a hard time drilling into them; it makes me feel like I am doing something wrong. :P

Justin

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That is what I allways did when I used those camels, I put two in actually, one on each end and that kept them up, I know how annoying they can be!

Thats how all our blow molds stand.

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I use a couple Simpson Strong-Tie straps, screwed to the bottom on either end w/ construction screws. Then I stake it down with tent pegs.

I use this method with a lot of my molds. On molds that are larger, or have a higher theft potential, I will use a longer version of this strap and run a toggle bolt through the larger hole, with a fender washer beneath the bolt head to hold it in place. Works very well against wind also.

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Hope this helps.

Jason

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thanks i put some sand in my other blowmolds, and was getting ready to do the camel but it seems since the grass finally froze he made his own spot it seems like thats all he needed. if that doesnt work ill just put an empty bottle of vodka next to him and call him the drunk camel :P

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I have a patriotic list santa that someone put sand in. I bet he weighs 50 pounds!! Been trying to get the sand out for ages ... a little at a time lol

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I guess I should have had a talking to that camel before we dropped it off.

If you think about it, the small camel is off kilter, the larger camels like the Santas Best have a wider base. My camels are on the roof, and attached in two places to the lattace, using zip ties that holds them in place, and yes, I do drill holes to hold them secure.

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If you put the sand in a ziploc bag you won't have to worry about mud. I use small garden rocks and ziplock bags.

I like the Simpson Strong-Tie straps idea. Gonna have to remember that one.

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>I like the Simpson Strong-Tie straps idea. Gonna have to remember that one.

Thanks I hit on it a few years back when someone stole a big Empire snowman from my yard. He was screwed to a couple of runners made of 1x2 with holes for stakes in the ends. The screws just pulled out when they grabbed him, and the runners were left there, stuck by tent pegs in the frozen ground. It's much harder to pull a blowmold up when it's secured to a somewhat flexible metal strap with 1/4" toggle bolts.

Toggle bolts are also a useful method for putting numerous small molds on a runner. I have a lot of my tin soldiers secured this way - three on a 4' long 1x4. Makes putting them out much easier, as I just have to stake the runners down, versus pounding a 3' metal garden stake in for each, zip-tying each mold to its stake, etc.

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I put a stake behind it all the way to the top of the camels head but angle it so it cant be seen from a normal viewing position. Then I use picture wire to tie it to the stake.

I actually do this for pretty much everything in my display.

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