Tired of your leaf bag tipping over?

I am.

I’ll have a huge bundle of leaves just barely captured between my hands and as I go to drop it into my leaf bag / yard bag – the flipping thing tips over or collapses back to its folded shape.

Makes me CRA-Z.

I found a pin on Pinterest that showed a pvc pipe solution, and since I have several (hundred) feet of pvc in the garage, I though it was worth a try.

Small problem – the 90° elbow with an outlet below is a not-in-stock piece and has to be special ordered from Lee Valley.

This is a leaf-bag-holder-opener so I wasn’t really looking to special-order pieces.

So I improvised!  (Tinkertoy style)

I used a scrap piece of 2″ x 2″ wood and cut four pieces at 1 ¾” to give you 4 cubes.  (Watch your fingers!)

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I marked the centre on three adjoining sides of each cube.

 

I have an abundance of ¾” pvc pipe in the garage from a failed project earlier this summer so, to fit a ¾” pvc pipe snugly, I needed to use a 7/8″ spade bit on my drill.

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You only need to drill in deep enough for your pvc pipe to tuck in – roughly 1/2″ on the three adjoining sides.

I cut two pieces of pvc at 9 ¾” long and another two pieces at 14 ¼” long and inserted them into the cubes.

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My leaf bag is about 33″ tall, so I cut four more pieces of pvc at 33″ long and inserted them into the third hole on the cubes.

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See!  Just like Tinkertoy!

Flip your leaf bag stand into your yard materials bag and you’re done!

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The bag will stay upright while you fill it and you can easily lift the pvc frame out once it’s full!

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Dismantle it when the work is done and you can store your Tinkertoy pieces in a tiny footprint.

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Have a great one!

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2018-06-18T13:39:18-04:00August 12th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY|0 Comments

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