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  1. #61
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    On mine, I made a wood base and made a frame with 1x2's or 2x4's to go around the bottom edge of the tombstone. I put screws through the backside that went through the tombstone and into the front wood frames, screwed the sides to the front and back, basically creating a slot for the tombstone to fit in and was secure. I then screwed the framework to the wood base. Making sure everyone was bottom heavy was key. On a few of them, I drilled a hole through the base and used gutter nails to push down through it into the ground. Haven't had any blow away this year and we've had some hellacious winds!
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    GREAT ideas here, last year I used fishing wire tied to 1/4" PVC pipe, while it worked the wire torn into the foam stones....

    This year I took 1" PVC pipe and cut them a little smaller then the stone, and used some of the yellow insulation foam to glue it to the stones then used 1'4" PVC pipes as anchors, hammered the 1/4" into the ground and simply slide the glued pipe into the anchored one. IT has worked like a charm as we had 40MH winds last week and NOTHING was lost!..........

    THANKS For the great ideas here, I just did not want to use rebar as I thought to use the smaller PVC pipe into the larger PVC pipe was a easier idea and is VERY easy to cut................

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    I used Terra's method of cutting out two thicknesses for one tombstone and cutting a channel for PVC pipes; glue them together, insert rebar into the ground, slide the pipe in the tombstone over the rebar. We are having a windy day and my tombstones have not moved this year so fat; last year they would have been knocked over already.

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    And making fatter thicker tombstones looks more realistic as well. The Double-layer method is nice.

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    Ok i may have already said this in this thread its hard to keep up, but for the smaller tombstones i used skewers either wooden or metal, most of the time i used the wooden because they are cheaper, they just withstood 24MPH winds here this weekend and they are still standing. Actually my big one from Walgreens is still standing too.

    I just push the skewer in about half way or as far as i can into the tombstone, push it to the ground to get the skewers to mark where they need to be and then i pull the Stone off the skewer shove them in the ground and then put the stone back on it. Worked for me the past 2 years

    They waved back and forth in the wind this weekend but they were still there the next morning

    Had to tie my arch down though and i had rebar at the base of it doesnt mother nature know how much work we put into this stuff? SHEESH lol

 

 
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