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#10970456 - 07/11/15 02:19 PM Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard
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Registered: 05/17/02
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Loc: Teague, Texas
Just finishing up a round of fresh condos.
This is a simple but effective design I use, but with a slight twist. I converted a slightly larger bucket into a concrete "form" that I can use over and over. I hate wasting 5gal buckets, and I like the slightly wider base these have. The pipe has a nail driven thru the bottom to help strengthen the concrete and keep them in place. I just use some pieces of duck tape, which can be reused several times, to hold the bucket together while the form sets. One screw at the top and another halfway down holds the pipe in place till it sets, then I remove and reuse them. Takes 2/3 of a bag of sackcrete, so I get 4 out of every 3 bags. I usually add halves of nursery pots to the top of every other pipe for more shade also. I just do one every 24hrs for a week or two, then make a covert trip to drop em.
Got about a dozen ready to roll! wink





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#10970470 - 07/11/15 02:32 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
Tommie Offline
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Nice looking design Eric. Saves a lot of $4.00 buckets also. thumb
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#10970484 - 07/11/15 02:48 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Got a couple perfect spots for those down here Eric!
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#10970500 - 07/11/15 02:57 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: pepop]
SLABXPRESS Offline
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Registered: 05/17/02
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Loc: Teague, Texas
Originally Posted By: pepop
Got a couple perfect spots for those down here Eric!

Sorry Vern, but this batch is earmarked for another lake. Sure might bring a few to Palestine next batch though. These work great to sweeten up scattered timber spots. wink
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#10970810 - 07/11/15 06:35 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Very nice...
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#10970882 - 07/11/15 07:26 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: Jig Man]
cellis Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jig Man
Very nice...
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#10970987 - 07/11/15 08:27 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
Knot Normal Offline
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Loc: Southeast Texas
Good idea!

Do those work well even in deeper spots, or are they more for shallower holes?

I just made some with the "porcupine balls" that I got from cabelas a while back. I made them 10 feet wide and ten feet tall. with a concrete weight on the center leg.
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#10971037 - 07/11/15 09:03 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
Cradpole Offline
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What kind of black pipe is that and where do you get it

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#10971221 - 07/11/15 10:29 PM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Great idea on the form, thanks for sharing
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#10971384 - 07/12/15 04:54 AM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Very nice design Eric and reuse of form molds!
Gamblinman brought me sacks of concrete he had laying around....time to make some more thumb
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#10971389 - 07/12/15 05:24 AM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Ingenious design. Thanks for sharing the idea. thumb
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#10971641 - 07/12/15 09:50 AM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
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Loc: Beckville, TX
Those look really good and easy to put out. I just put some out last week and thought a time or two that I was going to the bottom of the lake with them. Hope you don't mind if I copy your design.

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#10971655 - 07/12/15 10:02 AM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Nicely done! cheers
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#10971661 - 07/12/15 10:05 AM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
chickenman Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
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Loc: Denton County
Impressive. I like the mold idea.
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#10971686 - 07/12/15 10:22 AM Re: Fresh batch of Condos ready to go overboard [Re: SLABXPRESS]
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Registered: 02/22/09
Posts: 650
Loc: McKinney, Tx.
Those should do the job Eric! I'm curious also, what did you use?

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