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Marking Driveways

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by EPS, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. EPS

    EPS Member
    Messages: 66

    Hey this may be stupid question to ya all but how do you mark driveways and where do you mark them besides the obstructions?:confused:
  2. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    I use wooden stakes, and I generally mark the edges of driveways/lots as well as special obstructions to avoid. Pretty much lawns, walkways, and so forth that you want to avoid you mark.
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Look for "driveway marker" in the Central Parts Warehouse banner ad above


    Mill Supply http://www.rustrepair.com/snow_plow_parts/onlinecat.htm?r=ds&p=sn-fisher . Click on "Main Catagories"; then "Plow Accesories" and "Driveway Markers".

    Mark anything - Driveway edges to stay off the grass, dropoff or ditches, entrances/exits, sidewalks, wellheads (for those on private water wells).

    My first winter, I had a customer who only had one concern - a sprouting tree at the edge of the parking lot. I took a picture to reference, put a marker beside it and had it's location committed to memory. I still buried it, which knocked over the marker. Because the marker moved, I couldn't keep track of it and accidentally cut it off with the plow edge - another OOPS. Surprisingly, I kept her as a customer for several years until she moved.

    Keep track of the markers.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2007
  4. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    I don't use markers too often anymore, thanks to digital photography.
    Here in Onon county you can get general property maps on-line and place your info by hand on a printout.
  5. EPS

    EPS Member
    Messages: 66

    thats good idea with the digital photos I just want to use markers to be safe.
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    No offense but especially for a new guy on a route, what a waste of time flipping through a folder full of pictures rather than just looking at and seeing markers. Sometimes we can over think things to death.
  7. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I only use 1"x1"x4ft wooden plow stakes, and for any obstructions like a curb sticking out, sewer drain, bad pot hole, etc. I just double stake it (put 2 stakes 6" apart) so the guys know somethings there. Once you build up the windrows they seem to become more of an eye sore in driveways.
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    5/16 inch fiberglass or poly. I like the Orange 48" fiberglass. Less then a $1.50 apiece by the single unit so they're cheap enough to use liberally, small enough to be unobtrusive but highly visual against the snow.

    J-Thomas is carrying them, though they're available many other places.
  9. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    i mark the beginin of the drive and every 10-15ft and or if there is a curv....i now use steaks from depot...but i used dallas cowboy players but i would just get pissd by lookin at them and would run them over...but for real u can just make them out of wood and i would paint the tips with reflective orarge or yellow spray paint...
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 27, 2007
  10. EPS

    EPS Member
    Messages: 66

    Dallas Cowboys 3-0

    purplebouHey I also thought about using eagle's players but had the same problem with staying on the driveway. lolpurplebou

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    I go to the lumber yard and buy fering strips. 1x3x8 and then rip them in half and then into
    3rds. I just bought 4 bundles for 30 buck. with 8 in a bundle that is 48 steaks per bundle times that by 4 bundels that is 192 steaks. Granted I had prolly another 100 left over from last year. People keep stealing them. WTF are you going to do with a plow steak?:dizzy:

  12. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    Kindling. I'm not sure what people use them for ,but are wood stakes get stolen too. I bought 300 hundred orange plastic hose stakes and only half were there by end of season. People will steal anything.
  13. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    I like them better myself. I hit a few and I rather bend one of these than save a few bucks and have a scape down my fender.

    As for the theft comment, I never had one stolen but I have had customers take them out in the spring and....
    A) Had to get them back when caught up with them.
    B) Plow their driveway without them because they were safely tucked away in their garages:dizzy:
  14. tim975

    tim975 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    I use 1/2" by 10 foot PVC tubing, cut them in half, spray the top 8 inches with flourecent orange, cut the bottom at a 45 degree angle, and put them out. Easy for me to see, especially from a distance, plus they're pretty flexible, if you bump into them.
  15. Ole Tower

    Ole Tower Senior Member
    from MAINE
    Messages: 210

    after reading the Methords & suggestions I Agree theres someGood Ideas here!--but--to Me the Best Is Buy a Cheap Throw-away Camera--Wal Mart--about $5.00 & a Cheap Note Book--$1.00--& take Photos of All Your Customers Yards Businesses w/ NO SNOW! I arrange Mine by their Address--Customers Names-- & it only takes a Minute to Look Up any Address--Look at the Photo & You Know! Exactally where everything IS!--& theres NO Posts to Knock Down or Run Over! as I have tired many Methords & the Photos work Best for ME!--& theres allways those Customers You get after Its Snowed so You DON*T Know? where Any thing IS??--so You have to Be Extra Careful!--Plowing them out--which Does take You longer te First time You Plow them--GOOD LUCK! & Happy Plowing--OleTower--
  16. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    Good luck but I think your nuts if the snow is high at night and your 1 foot off, you'll be tearing up grass. I know guys hear say "o well it will grow back" but sprinkler heads don't and my customers I'm sure wouldn't like seeing dirt and grass on the nice white snow.

    Personally I think it looks like a hack job.
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    I stake my own yard. It's hard to tell where everything is when it's all white and I've lived here for 17 years.
  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    Who pays for all those steaks?;)

    I kow sp.....
  19. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Is that some of that there texting:confused: ? Sorry I'm too old for that, I need whole words:cool:
  20. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Glad you mentioned it, as I was getting hungry reading all about steaks!