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Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Carpet Stakes on 01/17/2011 10:48:23 MST Print View

Here's my solution to tent tether points on carpet.*

Carpet Stakes

You are looking at a piece of flexible plastic carpet runner with pointy spikes on one side (pointy side goes against carpet). I used a paper punch to put a hole in one edge so I could attach a hook.

Here's a picture of the tent stake in action, with several gallons of water in a plastic jug holding it in place. A 30 pack of beer would probably work well also.

Carpet Stake Installed

*If you anticipate high winds or heavy snow loads in your living room this stake may not work for you .......and you might consider moving to a different house.

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
Banished to the tent? on 01/17/2011 11:16:36 MST Print View

I'm not married but when you get in trouble don't you just have to go sleep on the couch?

Edited by earn_my_turns on 01/17/2011 11:17:17 MST.

Erik Kolesar
(BurningDaylight) - F

Locale: North Metro, Atlanta
Carpet Stakes on 01/17/2011 17:02:09 MST Print View

Good thinking, and what a great idea.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Parquet Floor on 01/18/2011 07:34:36 MST Print View

Now what is the solution for hardwood, tile, linoleum or other hard floors:-)

I guess gaffers tape?
Duct tape would leave sticky stuff behind.

Erik Kolesar
(BurningDaylight) - F

Locale: North Metro, Atlanta
Hard Floors on 01/18/2011 09:31:37 MST Print View

Those no-slip carpet pads with some weight on them would do the same thing for hard floors.

Daniel Goldenberg
(dag4643)

Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: Parquet Floor on 01/18/2011 10:11:03 MST Print View

"Now what is the solution for hardwood, tile, linoleum or other hard floors:-)"

Nails work for everything except tile.

Just kidding. I made six weighted stakes with some heavy cement retaining wall blocks. I used a masonry bit to drill a hole in them and then I epoxied a bent nail into them.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Parquet Floor on 01/18/2011 13:51:47 MST Print View

> Now what is the solution for hardwood, tile, linoleum or other hard floors:-)
Old car inner tubing with a weight on top.
Or any other 'sticky' rubber sheeting.

Cheers

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Carpet Stakes on 04/07/2011 16:35:33 MDT Print View

I just use bricks. I have 12 of them in my main bedroom.
Carpet stakes
With a single tie out line , I just insert the stake and put the brick on top of that

Franco

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Carpet Stakes on 04/07/2011 16:38:55 MDT Print View

Franco, I think your brick would work. You probably don't get a big windstorm in your main bedroom.

--B.G.--

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Carpet Stakes on 04/07/2011 16:47:44 MDT Print View

I love camping in the house.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Franco Question on 04/08/2011 08:38:26 MDT Print View

Franco,

"I just insert the stake and put the brick on top of that"

Are you saying there is a stake lying on the floor, under the brick in the picture, that we can't see in the picture?

Daryl

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Banished to the tent? on 04/08/2011 09:14:09 MDT Print View

They think it's punishment, but really it's like camping.
Shhh, don't let out our secret...