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Stolen stakes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by RAZOR, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I have been having a problem with my stakes going missing at a condo that I plow. The ones beside the city sidewalk go missing most often on the week-ends. I don't think it is anybody that lives ine the condo I suspect it is just kids walking by on the sidewalk. I have had to replaced them 5-6 times already this year and I'm getting sick of it. Today I smeared the new stakes with axle grease so next time they grab one they are going to get a mitt full of smelly grease. Do you guys think this might stop my stakes from going missing?

    MAR4CARS Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    I have a parking lot where a few of my stakes keep being taken .. im thinking of using rebar painting em orange and wiring em to the transformer in the lot.
  3. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    These are a favorite of kids walking to and from the bus stop. you have enough of them, and it is good for a fresh sword fight every morning. I love the idea of the grease, though!
  4. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I really like the idea of using grease also, I once contemplated using a bi - product from my dogs butt :D
  5. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Ha ha ha ha, yeah that will teach um. I had a similar problem a few years back, I just happend to drive by one day and caught the kids in action......I had sidewalk help for 5 storms, free of charge. I almost wish they would do it again. I'm sick of paying the high school kid with a mouth.
  6. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I was thinking of using the silver anti-seize grease, you know the stuff that you can never get off your hands. I'm sure their mommy will love trying to get out of their clothing.
  7. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    That's pretty funny, cuz it doesn't come off. I just had a visual of a kid getting smacked across the back in his new snow boarding jacket that he just got for Christmas w/ silver streaks everywhere...:cry:
  8. Sno Biz

    Sno Biz Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 55

    When in doubt, use the poopy dollar method. I had that problem at one of my accounts, then I smeared dog crap on them. I found one laying down, but not missing. no problems since.
  9. MnDLawn

    MnDLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    That stuff is the worst to try and get off. I always seem to get it everywhere when I use it.
  10. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,196

    I have enough now, I won't take anymore, LOL.

    There are some expensive ones at the LCBO in Aurora and I can't believe they haven't been taken yet. They were there last year and they are back again. They are the tall orange ones that flex if you hit them.
  11. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    If you need the stakes so badly you didn't have to steal them, I will lend them to you for the winter. You can return them in the spring when you do the parking lot sweeping at the condo.
  12. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I have stakes disappear from time to time as well. Ticks me off! The other day I was driving through a subdivision and saw a couple kids kicking over and breaking all the stakes marking the sidewalk. I stopped in the middle of the road and put my window down.... kids looked over with the "oh crap Im busted" look, and I simply told them "I would not do that if I were you". They said ok and I drove away. They probably knocked the rest of them down as soon as I was gone!
  13. TerrForms

    TerrForms Member
    Messages: 78

    smashed stakes

    I drove down the road I plow and counted the missing stakes. (8-10) So i went back home to get replacements a 1 mile drive. Buy the time I got back another 8 smashed into the ground? I got out of the truck and saw footprints in the snow on top of the stakes. KIDS! Called the subdivision president and he sent a letter out. No more smashed stakes. I think the grease would be a lot more fun!
  14. russ130

    russ130 Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    I think the grease is the best idea yet. Dog crap is unsanitary and if one those kids comes down really sick you will feel bad. Electricity is against the law and to be honest I wouldn't be able to sleep at night worrying about an old man bumping into one by accident. I know I don't touch anything with grease on it unless I absolutely have to. They get grease on there hands once from your markers they will never touch another marker as long as they live. The anit-seize would be great for catching them since it would act kinda like a dye packet the banks use.
  15. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    If it's on the weekends, it's probably not younger kids, but college age kids walking home from the bars.
  16. 3bladz

    3bladz Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    well hopefully they get some fiberglass slivers in their hands. Put them in deep enough they have to grip and pull really hard. I try to put them in right before the ground freezes to reduce the time they can be easily pulled out. I like the anti seize idea too.
  17. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,521

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  18. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    Yeah we would accidentally bump into a newspaper dispenser thingy here and there. One even ended up in my friends room. Not sure how that happends. wesport
  19. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I was there doing the snow this morning and 2 stakes were gone again. I'm going to try the silver stuff on the new stakes.
  20. jwkv

    jwkv Member
    Messages: 58

    I still like the dog poo idea.. lol.. I have two German Shepherds.. That would be one way to get rid of it.. LMAO.