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    Good thing about this Stand,.. is that you can fix your plumbing problems with it too!!
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    Well here the first one is.





    The hardest part of the whole process is cutting the PVC. I cannot cut anything straight. I am a klutz with do it your self projects. Give me a kit that has screws, etc. and I can do wonders. If it requires cutting look out. In spite of my problems with the hacksaw (not being able to cut the PVC squarely) I think the first one turned out pretty good.

    When I get through I will have less than $20 in each. I will also have several feet of PVC and two furring strips for the future.

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    Looks great to me George - now you've had the practice I need a couple too
    I cannot cut anything straight.
    Not sure if you've tried this but - take some 1" masking tape and wrap it round the cutting mark so it meets itself - if applied with care you'll have a good guide line to help cut square.

    Other thing is - a fine tooth tenon saw sometimes does better because of the blade style - hacksaws love to ''wander''!
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry
    Looks great to me George - now you've had the practice I need a couple too Not sure if you've tried this but - take some 1" masking tape and wrap it round the cutting mark so it meets itself - if applied with care you'll have a good guide line to help cut square.

    Other thing is - a fine tooth tenon saw sometimes does better because of the blade style - hacksaws love to ''wander''!
    Chris, every saw I use loves to wander! If I take a miter box and cut a piece of wood the two end don't match. If you stick them back like they came apart you would think they were from different boards. I've gotten used to it. I think it has to do with being right handed and left eye dominant. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    The good thing about the PVC stands is that being a little off square is not a big problem. The pipe slides into the T or the elbow about an inch and ends up straight there. The end won't all be against the collar, but since there is no water pressure in target stands it's not a problem. Now I have to make the second one. This one should take about half as long. I have improved my cutting over the course of the first one.
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    Looks good to me too.
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    I don't know that the second one is any better than the first, but I do know that it was quicker. Here they are.



    By the way these are made of only PVC no sand or anything to give them any extra weight. The wind has been a steady 12 mph with gusts up to about 20 mph and except for the corners and edges of the target flapping a little there has been no movement.
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    Though it'd be good to bring this post up again for those that haven't seen it.

    They make good stands and are pretty solid, not easy to tip. The only change I made was the two up-rights are 20" instead of 16". Since you have the material anyway, might as well use it there. 10ft. piece of PVC equals (5) 16" base pieces (2 on each side, 1 across front) and (2) 20" uprights.
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    Though it'd be good to bring this post up again for those that haven't seen it.
    That's fine....it's been awhile.

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    I wanted to keep mine light-weight and finally opted for using 6 of those really long, heavy nails (through pre-drilled holes in the PVC) - those huge nails that are used for constructing railroad tie retaining walls.
    It can be quickly and easily "nailed" right into the ground and that prevents it from catching the breeze and toppling over.

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    Mine are similar, but I eliminate the one cross piece on the base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I just had a brilliant thought.

    If you wanted to keep the stand PORTABLE then you could drill some holes in the base lengths of PVC & stake them right into the ground with long TENT PEGS.
    That way...you could "set up" to shoot without lugging anything heavy around.
    That sure might work!
    Added portability if you don't glue the PVC uprights; that way the uprights could be pulled out and the stand or multiple stands would lay very flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_cmg View Post
    I don't know that the second one is any better than the first, but I do know that it was quicker. Here they are.



    By the way these are made of only PVC no sand or anything to give them any extra weight. The wind has been a steady 12 mph with gusts up to about 20 mph and except for the corners and edges of the target flapping a little there has been no movement.
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    I love working with PVC and CPVC. Anyway, for the amateur plumbers, you sure can't do that with PEX.

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    Looks good and easy to throw together. About the suggestion to pre-drill holes and spike it to the ground. Might work for some, but when you shoot in an area with very rocky ground, you'll find yourself bending more spikes and having a hard time finding ground without a rock. Easier to use the sandbags or something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbqgrill View Post
    Added portability if you don't glue the PVC uprights; that way the uprights could be pulled out and the stand or multiple stands would lay very flat.
    That's what I do with mine. glue the base, but not the uprights. Haven't found a need to anchor it to the ground or add weight to it. 1 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC makes a solid base that doesn't tip in wind.
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