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    Hi all

    Just didn't want to put all the good info in the General Chat thread where I'd never find it again.

    Tunnel
    Someone at class suggested that bunnings had some sort of snake cubby for kiddies toy that would do nicely as an agilty tunnel.

    Weave poles
    And GSDs said PVC piping works good for agility poles. Someone at class said rose poles/stakes and someone else said broom poles cut in half. Trouble with these - is how do you attach the PVC piping to the ground? I'm pretty sure if I put a tent peg in the bottom of the pvc with silicone and tried to hammer that in, it wouldn't hold. I've seen variations on the broom poles using big nails and metal hose clamps to stop the wood from splitting... but I like the idea of using PVC - just don't know what to put on the end of it to make it stay attached to the ground.

    I don't have any welding equipment though I know people who do.

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    At PC, we have heavy duty beding poles for the horses. We get a can( you know the big milo ones), fill it with cement, and when it is firmish, but not hard, we put pvc in it. Im not sure how that would fly with dogs, perhaps smaller, baked bean sized cans would work?

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    Hi Boxerini

    Not sure that would work as a weave pole. It would work as a jump support but I'd prefer stuff that stuck into the ground like javelin / spear and was self supporting and light (for packing up, moving and storing). I suspect a big milo tin of concrete wouldn't be very light.

    So trying to figure out how to get pvc pole attached to a spike so you can stick it in the ground. GSDs ones had a nice flat metal frame but I don't know where you get those.

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    My ex FIL just got me garden stakes and hammered them into the ground for weave poles.

    He ran the lathe down each square angle to take the edge off. They are fairly light.

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    Hi Mac

    I guess I could get some dowel and put points on the ends of it. I think rose poles are similar. Ie round pointy ended poles. Need to go have a look.

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    I've actually drawn up plans for adjustable jumps, a ladder and I'm working on weave poles at the moment. I'll get screen shots later on. All of it is DIY with PVC (including the joints) and all of it can be bought from bunnings. Sizes at your discretion. Oh, and they all have parts that stick into the ground so that they can't be knocked over.

    I just haven't gotten around to writing the instructions for the plans or building any of it yet

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    rose poles could work. at bunnings they have green plastic poles that have copper in them when they break( I used these as a training tool for my horse- as you can guess they didnt work very well ) I didnt think the concrete thing through very well, did i? usually at PC they just stay in one spot.

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    The garden stakes FIL got me already had the pencil pointed end. He painted them white and all and they stayed out on the lawn for about 10 years +. For the tunnel we got a 20ltr drum and attached a sheet to it.

    It wasn't the best tunnel but it gave the dog the general idea. Found that once the dog got the hang of the tunnel they were nuts over it. One night my first agility girl went thru every tunnel set up on the oval. Every single class no matter what level, just pushed the dog out of the way and thru she charged. She had that crazy "wet dog just out of the bath" thing going. Just like that it all clicked.

    It don't do so much of that exciting stuff these days. Had to pull back on the dog stuff and concentrate on one or the other. Though we are doing frizbee work and I'm still teaching 8 lessons a year at the club on top of my own business.

    Them were the good ol' days. When my time was my own.

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