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« on: April 23, 2007 02:58:08 PM »

Okay, I'm trying to come up with ways to make a weighted stand for a beach-type umbrella that won't cost as much as buying them. I've got easy access to decently made, modestly priced umbrellas - but they're all designed to stab into the ground. I want to use mine on the back deck - wooden planks, basically. I thought about filling a coffee can with gravel and sticking the umbrella in that, but the base really needs to be wider (for stability) and the coffee can would only provide a couple of inches to sink the stick into, so I'm pretty sure the umbrella could be blown out of that anyway.

So, ideas?Huh
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007 03:07:53 PM »

tall waste-paper basket OR even better -- those plastic buckets that held wallpaper paste, spackle, or honking big quantities of remodeling supplies? Home Depot has some, empty. From 18" to 2 feet tall.

and marbles/gravel? Concrete? Drainholes in the bottom
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007 09:03:05 PM »

An old fashioned wash tub filled with rocks would look rustic.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007 04:34:19 PM »

An old fashioned wash tub filled with rocks would look rustic.
Oh! A Tractor Supply store just opened up in town - I bet I could find all manner of large containers there - I just got an ad in the paper & it had the sorts of things both of you mentioned ...
Thanks for the ideas.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007 05:40:09 PM »

I have seen them made from a large planter and concrete.  Concrete mix comes in 40 lb bags at Home Depot or Lowes and is very cheap, about $4.00 a bag.  The one thing you would probably want to do is not put your umbrella directly into the wet concrete, but maybe use a piece of PVC pipe for the umbrella to fit into.  That way you can remove the umbrella for the winter.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007 06:27:53 PM »

I really like VaxGirl's idea
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007 07:51:43 PM »

Oh! I've never played with concrete before...can't wait to see BF's reaction when I suggest it  Grin
Still plan on checking out the tractor store, too.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2007 05:49:08 AM »

This is something that i've been thinkng about lately since we are about to move to sunny alabama to a house with a HUGE uncovered deck.

rather than concrete, you could put a PVC pipe in the middle of a container garden. that's what i'm thinking of doing. I'm going to put my large container on a wheeled base so that i can move it across the deck with ease to whereever we are going to sit.
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2007 02:28:21 PM »

I'd be concerned about big winds whisking the umbrella out of the pot of dirt, unless it was anchored somehow.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2007 06:50:08 PM »

hmm......i think i'm still going to try it. i don't think i'll get strong winds in auburn...but maybe where you are the wind is an issue.

good thought.
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