Does anybody use those little flags attached to a stiff piece of wire to mark edges? I saw some for sale at Fleet Farm for $8.99/100, seems like a good price. My concern is that they are only 2' long, is this long enough?
I wouldnt bother. The force of rolling snow woud knock them right down. How would you be able to see them on the right side?
What you really need is something that will be higher than your plow, so your able to see & get right up to them.
In this area they would only last the first few hr's of the first good storm then vanish forever.
I use 1/2-3/4 inch PVC pipe. A 10ft piece gets me 2.5 pieces the 1/2 piece I use for raised beds/etc... I add a connector for a longer piece when needed. Spray paint them your colors, finnaly a use for my Compressor spray gun. The PVC will flex back into place if you or the customer hits them. Unlike the wood that just falls over.
Most people use the standard wood "tree stakes" 2x2" or whatever they are.
For higher upper class drives some people use the homeowner type fiberglass or plastic reflective makers. They will cost ya $$$.
Using markers you can see will cost more at first but will save you much time & money come spring. The topsoil, seed & labor to fix plow damage isnt cheep.
2'? Not nearly long enough by the time you push it into the ground far enough to stay put. They'll be buried with the second good snowfall. Around here a lot of guys use reflectors about 3' long and they're usually buried or plowed up by January. I use 4' wooden stakes sharpened on one end and tape on the other. Even they have a tendency to disappear but by then I'll have the snow banked enough to use as a guide.
We use 1" PVC... doing it again I'd use 1/2 or 3/4 - a little smaller/more flexible. We cut the 10' piece into two 5' sections - put a 3" piece of reflective tape on top with a PVC cap. They hold up well and look good in the customer's driveway for 5.5 months.
Broken pipes are cut down to 2' or 2.5' long pieces that we use on in the inside edge of a circular drive or in certain sections of winding driveways that as you back up you have the tendency to catch with your plow as you're turning. In these scenarios the shorter stakes are nice. Once your windrow is built up, you know where the edge of the pavement is anyways, so height isn't a major concern. But we use them with taller stakes anyways.
I wouldn't cut my stakes to 2', but if you've got 'em, you can use 'em.
What might work for some people is to visit your local lumber yard. You can often buy misshaped 2"x4"x8's for about a dollar each. Cut them in half then rip them into 2"x2"x4'. Cut one end to a point and wrap reflective tape around the other end to cover about 6". For .50 apiece you've got some nice markers that are going to last for years (or at least until you break it off with your plow).
We use, and have for past 4 years, the 30" stakes from J Thomas, for driveway edges, they seem short but work really well. For lots & roadways it's PVC, paited somtimes with reflective. For hazzards it's been T stakes with red/silver reflective, work good but getting too expensive. Good Luck
Go get a whole mess of Political sign stakes ( well the old school ones the wooden ones) and a can of Neon Orange paint and use those. They are very cheap and most are pretty long. They set good into the ground and make a fine marker.
I use four foot grade stakes. They are made locally out of whatever hardwood is cheapest and sharpened with a "pencil sharpener" so they drive easy. I usually paint them twice, first with a coat of white sealer and then blaze orange. They work good and are cheap. Sometimes they are a bit too limber to drive good so I made a driver out of a short piece of steel tube with handles and a heavy cap on the end. With that there is no danger of hitting your hand with a BFH or having a bad stake splinter when you're holding it to get it started.
Only thing I worry about is having one break off and leaving a spear to catch a tire. When we do break one we try to push past where it was with the plow down and make sure it is sheared off at ground level. Somebody had left one in from a previous year at a new location for us and we took the stub through the sidewall of a new 245/75-16 Weathermaster.
I agree wooden grade stakes our the most cost effective way to go.We also tie colored engineers tape on the tops for extra visibility and or to color code certain areas .
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I have never, nor have I ever seen my competitors stake their commercial lots. So far, so good, the subs have not damaged anything. Am I making a big mistake by not staking the properties in a market that typically gets 25" or less per season?