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    Question Tombstones: How do I keep them from blowing away?

    Hey all I wish I had found this site before you guys rock!

    Last year was the first year I had a house so naturally I did a yard haunt. One of the issues I had was that my tombstones kept blowing away when I used the cheap plastic stakes. I had a bunch of gray bricks that I also used to sandwich the tombstones and this seemed to help, but kill my grass in those areas.

    This year I want to be able to put them up and forget about and not have to worry about my graves blowing around the yard. One of the things I have thought of is to use dowel rods instead of the plastic things (which most of them broke) Does anyone have any other ideas? I would post pics of my haunt but as a new member I can't.

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    Here's what I did. First I tried the cheap wire method - didn't work - especially when a couple of those tropical storms came through.

    I took some 1/4" or 1/2" PVC pipe - depending on the prop -- if I had a tombstone already built, then I carved out a semi-circle in the back of the tombstone the shape and length of the PVC pipe - it ran about half way up the stone and I used two per tombstone. If I were making a large tombstone were I was sandwiching two pieces of foam together (for my bigger tb's), then I'd carve semi-circles in both pieces of foam to form a nice mold for the pipe to fit in.

    Oh, and these were all foam tombstones.

    I took some handy dandy liquid nails and secured the PVC pipe in the crevace I'd made. Don't let the pipe stick out below the bottom of the tb. After it dried, I painted it the same color.

    Now, some people use rebar (metal poles used in construction), but I find that hard to cut to length and hard to come by (which I'm sure it's not if I looked hard), but it's also much sturdier and reliable than the wooden dowel rods I use. I just use dowel rods because I can get them in the exact size of the PVC pipe and cut them however tall or short I want (some tombstone require longer length PVC than others).

    Just hammer the dowel into the ground at the exact spacing of the PVC pipe and slide your tombstones over them. I did this for the first time last year and it was awesome. No worries about them blowing away. You can even place the dowels at an angle for the creepy 'un-neat' look.

    That's my method and I'm stickin to it.

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    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I have all store bought tombstones. For the price they were actually cheaper than I could have made them for the time and money of doing the foam ones (construction materials typically seem to be more around here since I live smack dab in the center of the US in Kansas City). However, I do like the idea of using PVC in addition to using the dowels. Thanks for your help.

    I have also seen were folks attach the tombstones to plywood as well, but unfortunately that still won't be good on the grass...

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    I went to Lowes, wood department, and bought a bundle of 25 2" wide x 24" long construction stakes for about $7. Next stop was in the adhesive department. Bought a bottle of gorilla glue. Lay out the stakes, spray with hose, shake off excess water. Lightly mist the back of the foam tombstones with water (or, hose them off and shake off the excess water). Glue a stake on the back of tombstones, leaving about 7" coming off the bottom to put into the ground. This has worked pretty well for me, as long as I remember to leave at least half an inch of the stake out of the ground (grass hides that last little bit). Should you forget, you'll have to dig them out of the ground. I didn't bother to paint the stakes, because no one can see the back of my graveyard. You may wish to paint yours before glueing them on...

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    I did exactly what Craig did. This worked for wood tombstones too only instead of gluing simply screw them on. If you don't want to use the glu on foam===can make tie wraps work too....


    Of course the easiest method is to bury a body beneath each tombstone. Attach the hands with clamps around the tombstone until rigor mortis sets in. It will look cool and everyone will be amazed trying to figure out how the "fake" bodies look so real.

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    I use chunks of electrical conduit beat into the ground.Holds good so far.
    Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

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    I do like Skullboy, 1/2" pipe about 8" long...stick half in the ground and half in your tombstone...won't blow away.
    Paul

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    I used liquid nails to glue small 1/2 inch pvc pipe to the back of them. Paint black, grey or fleckstone (whatever your stone is) and then just slip it over a piece of rebar. Nothing blows those things over or away!

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    I use pieces of rebar. I pound them into the ground and then impale my foam tombstones onto them. Works like a charm!

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    I don't like to put the rebar, dowel, or anything really, through the bottom of the tombstone. It's hard enough to get a 1/2" dowel pushed through a 1" wide tombstone at 2ft of length. I like the PVC pipe attached to the back then slipped over the dowel because often times hurricanes make their way over here and that's a SUPER easy way to just pick them up and take them inside - leave the dowels in the ground and just slip the tombstone back on.

 

 
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