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Mike Sokol

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Running long power cables on grass
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:30:54 pm »

I'm doing a large graduation next month and need to do some very long AC and speaker cable runs over a grass soccer field. There's no budget for 300 ft of yellow-jackets, so I'm thinking about some form of "pins" every few feet that could be used to secure these cable runs down on the grass. Could be sort of like a croquet wicket but only a inch or two wide. Any ideas for a source for a few hundred of these pins? Any other cable securing ideas?
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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 09:59:03 pm »

I have found a heavy and flexible SOOW to lay very nice on its own in grass.  Tape a flexible audio line to it should be good.  The times I have needed to pin stuff I used thick fencing wire and cut my own.  Watch out for what may be below the surface of the turf.  Hate to nick a sprinkler line!
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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 10:00:45 pm »

I'm doing a large graduation next month and need to do some very long AC and speaker cable runs over a grass soccer field. There's no budget for 300 ft of yellow-jackets, so I'm thinking about some form of "pins" every few feet that could be used to secure these cable runs down on the grass. Could be sort of like a croquet wicket but only a inch or two wide. Any ideas for a source for a few hundred of these pins? Any other cable securing ideas?


Without sounding flip, you could cut up some wire coat hangers - get two "ground staples"about an inch or two wide  out of each hanger.
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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 10:03:43 pm »


Without sounding flip, you could cut up some wire coat hangers - get two "ground staples"about an inch or two wide  out of each hanger.

I did think of that, but the school media department wants to buy something "official".
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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 10:10:34 pm »

Hi Mike,

They are called landscape staples or landscape pins. You should be able to get them at Lowes or home depot where the landscape fabric is.

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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 10:15:59 pm »

Do a Google image search for tent stake and pick the one you like. 
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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 10:20:15 pm »

Hi Mike,

They are called landscape staples or landscape pins. You should be able to get them at Lowes or home depot where the landscape fabric is.

Perfect, thanks a bunch...
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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 11:06:50 pm »

These landscape pins work great, I use them every summer for a concert-in-the-park series I do; similar to the above postings, I found them in the garden department of my local hardware store.  One tip: bring gloves and something to drive them in with, because after a few hundred feet you may have sore hands...

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Re: Running long power cables on grass
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 05:41:12 am »

Use cheap 12" traffic cones along the run if you are worried about trip hazards.
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