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  1. #31
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    Okay here are some pics of my head stones:













    Pretty simple and effective. This is just the start of my yard haunt. I'll post more pics when I am done. (Last night's storm washed all the color from my mummy's eyesocket, but none of the stones moved at all)

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    I was going to ask what type of glue everyone uses but I see you use duct tape. Is that effective?

    MsM
    "A true friend stabs you in the front."
    - Oscar Wilde


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    Very effective in my experience. The only thing about duck tape is that you have to be very careful taking it off or you are going to ruin the foam.

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    Here's my attempt... I used 1/2 inch PVC and hot glued it to the stone, then hammered 3/8 inch wooden dowel into the ground... slipped the pvc over the dowel. They seem really secure but this is the first day.. wont really know how they hold up until we have some bad weather.

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    our's are made of foam about 1 inch thick. I drilled a 1/2 in hole using a spade bit, from the very bottom being very carefull not to go through the front or back. I then inserted 1/2 inch PVC pipe in the newly drilled hole. I cut 1 foot lengths of re-bar. Pounded the rebar into the ground and slid the tombstone/pvc over the end of the re-bar.
    I live in the Phoenix area and it can get quite windy. This method works fairly well

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    Newbiehaunter: We've been experimenting with different types of glues on two scrap pieces of styrofoam. When we used the hot glue, it ate through the styrofoam. How did you manage that? I've seen on other sites, that other people have done that as well but it didn't work for us.

    MsM
    "A true friend stabs you in the front."
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    I dont really know MsMeeple, we just used a cheap $5 mini glue gun and it worked perfectly... possibly you have a higher heat glue gun that melted the styrofoam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMeeple View Post
    Newbiehaunter: We've been experimenting with different types of glues on two scrap pieces of styrofoam. When we used the hot glue, it ate through the styrofoam. How did you manage that? I've seen on other sites, that other people have done that as well but it didn't work for us.

    MsM
    I use Gorilla Glue to glue my wooden stakes to the foam. The foam breaks before the bond fails. Super stuff. You can almost glue anything together with it. It does expand as it hardens, so you need to weight it for about an hour. I just stacked the tombstones on top of each other (front to front, back to back) and put a dictionary on the top of the pile.

    Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by boo who? View Post
    I use pieces of rebar. I pound them into the ground and then impale my foam tombstones onto them. Works like a charm!
    That sounds like an good idea too.

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    If you have a reciprocating saw or jigsaw, you can cut it with a metal cutting blade, too.

    I just find the angle grinder does it so much quicker. Of course, if you have a blow torch... hehe


    One word of warning about impaling your foam stone on rebar.... you will likely punch right thru the front. Drilling a hole first would be a good choice. Or, just be very careful to angle toward the back. This is why i starting embedding pvc inside the stone.

 

 
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