Make your own lawn level for $20

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I like that better. The best I could find is 60" handle. I think the 72" would be more ideal for this tool.

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This thing is fantastic. I need one

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wardconnor wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:07 am
This thing is fantastic. I need one
Thank you sir. I love your videos on the “YouTubes”

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wardconnor wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:07 am
This thing is fantastic. I need one
Don’t kid yerself pal!

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It just looks so easy to make and I really need a hand held little one that I can do smaller areas. I only have the large one that I drag behind the 4 wheeler. Do not even try to drag that thing by hand.... forget about it.

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wardconnor wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:53 pm
It just looks so easy to make and I really need a hand held little one that I can do smaller areas. I only have the large one that I drag behind the 4 wheeler. Do not even try to drag that thing by hand.... forget about it.
If you do make one... then stop by Holmes Depot and pick up a couple of these doo-dads.
I used them on the bottom of the level so that when I screwed the swivel flange on, everything would still be flat on the bottom...

And I wouldn’t dare drag that thing... looks like a monster..

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I just used 1.5" lags and flat washers. Worked just fine as well.

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Really nice. I might make one similar to this. Nice job. :thumbup:

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those flat flange nuts are a great idea. I would really like to make one of those. I may be doing that here in another month or so

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This is awesome! Thanks for posting. I will be building one very soon for my own leveling project. A fraction of the price compared to ones sold by vendors. Pushed one around a lot on golf course tees.

Thanks!

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Fitz wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:55 pm
This is awesome! Thanks for posting. I will be building one very soon for my own leveling project. A fraction of the price compared to ones sold by vendors. Pushed one around a lot on golf course tees.

Thanks!
I’ve never used one of the real ones. So, please let me know how it compares. I feel like this one does a good job but I have nothing to compare it to.

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Finished mine up today. Went with the 1.25" poplar dowel for a handle. It takes a good bit of sanding to fit the pipe fitting but turned out real nice. I also went with an extra 2x2 and made the width of the head 12" instead of the 10ish that it would be using 1 picket. Just needs some linseed oil On the handle and will be good to go.

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Ok. Tested it out with a 50lb bag of sand. A couple of issues. #1 is that the frame will twist with the single screws in the 2x2. I used a scrap 2x4 for the inner braces with 2 screw side by side. That stiffened it up fine. #2, use the flush nuts and bolts. The lags I used pulled out and my handle came off while an entire crew of amigos was spreading pine straw on the HOAs property that is adjacent to my yard....epic fail.

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cutigers08 wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:16 pm
Ok. Tested it out with a 50lb bag of sand. A couple of issues. #1 is that the frame will twist with the single screws in the 2x2. I used a scrap 2x4 for the inner braces with 2 screw side by side. That stiffened it up fine. #2, use the flush nuts and bolts. The lags I used pulled out and my handle came off while an entire crew of amigos was spreading pine straw on the HOAs property that is adjacent to my yard....epic fail.
It looks good!! I have only spread one bag of sand and the frame didn’t twist yet. But I’m going to follow you and brace it up in the middle like you said. Thanks for the heads up!

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I bought a hand made 28inch lawn lute from eBay for £59 he was also selling 36inch version as well as drag behind types ,here’s a link https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lawn-lute-Le ... 3734384933
I also got from eBay a 6foot broom handle for about £7 , it’s actually made of plywood which is probably stronger than the normal wood ones.

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Me surname wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:00 pm
I bought a hand made 28inch lawn lute from eBay for £59 he was also selling 36inch version as well as drag behind types ,here’s a link https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lawn-lute-Le ... 3734384933
I also got from eBay a 6foot broom handle for about £7 , it’s actually made of plywood which is probably stronger than the normal wood ones.
Before I found this one I was thinking of making one from metal but I don’t have a welder or welding skills , I thought of making a wooden version like what’s been discussed in this thread but I was concerned about the wood warping over time & therefore only being flat for a short time.
Oops I must of hit the quote button instead of the edit button .

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It may in time but for the money in it it's great. The poplar dowel from lowes is only about $9. With some standing and linseed oil it's super nice.
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cutigers08 wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:25 pm
It may in time but for the money in it it's great. The poplar dowel from lowes is only about $9. With some standing and linseed oil it's super nice.
Once you have got it working the way you like ,a good few cots of penetrating preserver & then decking oil will help keep it flat for many seasons.

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LBK_419 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:06 pm
@Vtx531 I got it at Lowe’s here is the link : https://www.lowes.com/pd/SteelTek-1-1-4 ... /999931090
Sorry no pics in action. I just had a bag of sand. I’ll post some when I get a truck bed full of sand to spread out..

This thing is currently unavailable. Anybody have any other source? Lowes carries this exact same part in 3/4" opening instead of 1 1/4" . Wonder if it would do just as well using a piece of 3/4" conduit pipe instead of a wooden handle?

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A 3/4" emt conduit is slightly over 1" OD. A 1/2" emt is less than 1" but would be too flimsy. You could use a broom handle and turn down the end a little bit if it was slightly oversized.

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