Originally posted by: sscasteel on 7/3/2005 11:25:47 AM
Today I pulled into a Yard Sale and found one of those "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT" items. <!--graemlin::rolleyes:-->
Here was one of the regular heavy duty sized milk crates filled with maybe 25 to 30 pieces of roughly 1 and 1/2 in. cut PVC pipe standing up evenly in it. A couple used fishing rods, a few used golf clubs, and yard tools were also in the pipe inverted.
I felt the Great Idea light go on instantly. <!--graemlin::cool:--> "How much for the milk crate and PVC pipe"? I asked. I walked off with it for $4.00 leaving the extra contents with them.
The PVC pipe placement had been carefully cut and planned out by someone, and was lined up side by side along the inner edge of the milk crate and tied near the top and bottom of each piece with cable ties.The inner rows inside this, were just held into place by pressure of the pipe sections setting side by side themselves.
At home I tried my idea. Sure enough, all my long handled casting and spinning rods fit in it just fine. I could place my reels on the outside or inside towards the middle of the crate [ alternating every other space or pipe section] I could hold many rods and reels in one container and let in set in a corner of the garage or closet, storage room, etc. and use up very little floor space doing so. <!--graemlin::D--> <!--graemlin::D-->
I had already seen golf clubs with handle in pipe, a hoe and a rake as well at the sale. By measuring the size of the PVC pipe needed, I'll bet a person could even manage to put their pistol grip rods down in them. And by going to say, a 2 to 3 in. piece of PVC pipe [or bigger as needed] why couldn't anything basically straight up and down go it it? Boat oars, dip nets, house and shop brooms, shovels, new kites bundled together, etc.?
Welding rods, & dowel rods, = may need to cap bottom end of pipe to store them.
I might even ask here, WHY COULDN'T A 5 GALLON BUCKET BE JUST AS USEFUL? <!--graemlin::confused:-->
Why not fill part of the bucket up with sand, pee gravel, dirt, Quikrete, etc. and then cut PVC pipe the length you need/want and stand them straight up side by side making them tight against the bucket walls?
I see a potential life saver for me at flea markets too. Display Space can be a Premium problem sometimes. Here I could place several buckets / crates on either the ground, or a 6 or 8 ft table and at waist level [roughly] fill all the pipes with long handled rods and keep them seperate by the type Spinning / Casting / fly rods. Or even fill a crate / bucket with one brand name only. Even put out rod/reel combos at waist level for folks to see.
I see other potential for this idea too. Why couldn't one mount the bucket or crate on wheels or casters and have a rolling display or storage? One might even find a turning floor stand of some type and center mount the bucket or crate on it, thus making a Revolving rod rack or display.
It might be possible to say, place two or three milk crates side by side and make an organized row for folding metal chairs. Two crates could hold one row with ease with some space on one side left, and three side by side should be able to hold two rows of chairs neatly, evenly, side by side.
The ways things could be used and stored by these crates or buckets is only limited to ones imagination.