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Old 05-20-2012, 01:56 PM
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I'm in the construction field (have been all my life).

I've always been one to convert raw materials into useable items/tools that they weren't meant for.
I now have a treasure trove of leftover construction debris at my whim to play with.

So I'm going to start out with the ubiquitous PVC Pocket Fishing Kit, a Camo Taped PVC tube case
for my fishing rod which I'll secure to my ALICE Pack and I'm thinking about making a PVC case
for a 100' bundle of paracord instead of making a doughnut out of it (once that thing is unraveled,
it's going to be a mess anyway and I could always re-use the tube for storage).

So, as I put them together, I'll post pics, but everybody else, feel free
to post your projects and ideas and experiences. Looking forward to it.

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I recently built a pvc stand alone frame for target practice. I built it so that I could slip an empty 55lb bag (dog food) over and use the dogs face for target practice. Works great.
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I'm in the construction field (have been all my life).

I've always been one to convert raw materials into useable items/tools that they weren't meant for.
I now have a treasure trove of leftover construction debris at my whim to play with.

So I'm going to start out with the ubiquitous PVC Pocket Fishing Kit, a Camo Taped PVC tube case
for my fishing rod which I'll secure to my ALICE Pack and I'm thinking about making a PVC case
for a 100' bundle of paracord instead of making a doughnut out of it (once that thing is unraveled,
it's going to be a mess anyway and I could always re-use the tube for storage).

So, as I put them together, I'll post pics, but everybody else, feel free
to post your projects and ideas and experiences. Looking forward to it.

Nice idea. I've been using the pvc tubes to hold nuts and bolts over the years in my tool boxes. Not a bad idea to make some for survival kits. I was working on doing basically the same thing but with Birch Bark rolled up as the tube and glued and then a wooden cork glued on one end and a pressure fit wooden cork on the other with some paracord or leather string threw the wooden cork as a handle to pull out the cork. Extremely lite weight and very durable. More compact as well because birch bark is less thick than pvc. The main reason I was choosing this material was to make a mini survival kit to slide into the top of my bamboo trekking pole.
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I recently built a pvc stand alone frame for target practice. I built it so that I could slip an empty 55lb bag (dog food) over and use the dogs face for target practice. Works great.
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Here is a PVC survival kit I made a couple years ago. It has since been taken apart and the contents distributed elsewhere.


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Here is a PVC survival kit I made a couple years ago. It has since been taken apart and the contents distributed elsewhere.
Nice.

A PVC tube kit would be an absolutely perfect shape for my MOLLE II
Waist Pack like this one which I plan to use for 1 day treks...


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I'm going to install these threaded caps on mine...

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I've tried the threaded caps and they don't really work very well because they aren't really made to be taken off and put on all the time. The ones I tried always bound up too much. The slip on ones work just fine.
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I've tried the threaded caps and they don't really work very well because they aren't really made to be taken off and put on all the time. The ones I tried always bound up too much. The slip on ones work just fine.
Good to know. Thanks.

I thought if the caps would be a problem, I'd possibly slip a Ranger Band
overlapping the slip-on cap and onto the body of the tube. I guess that's
going to be the way to go.
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I made a 2M j-pole antenna cover with the 1/2" ID stuff that's held up well for four years now. Waterproof.



I also used the 1" ID stuff painted flat OD as HF antenna cable standoffs. To keep the cable off the ground as the cable is actually part of the antenna.



Also made a tool tube for my offroad bike using 3"tube. PVC is dang near indestructible.



The small diameter tube cut into short pieces works great for wire antenna insulators as well.

Like the ideas so far. Would like to get some pics on the target stand mentioned above.
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I've tried the threaded caps and they don't really work very well because they aren't really made to be taken off and put on all the time. The ones I tried always bound up too much. The slip on ones work just fine.
I had the same problem. I learned just not tighten the caps too much and to keep them oiled with some kind of grease. You are right though. They are not the best thing to use because of this. It would suck to be out in the wilderness and not be able to get to your fishing kit because the cap is too snug. lol

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Pocket Fishing Kit guys...
What size tube are you using?
I have a 1 1/2" tube right now I can start with.
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Pocket Fishing Kit guys...
What size tube are you using?
I have a 1 1/5" tube right now I can start with.


One is 2inch and the other is 1 1/2 inch. But I wasnt using these for backpacking applications but rather for construction purposes. They hold some bolts and nuts. (I forget the sizes)

But I did not glue the back end caps because they fit together so tightly anyway.

If the caps got stuck and I didnt want to break the tubes and couldnt get the caps off then I could carve a square notch out of a log and lay the log on the ground and use it that way to unscrew the cap.
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I made a fishing kit using 1 1/2 that seems to work pretty well. I haven't taken it fishing yet though.
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I made a fishing kit using 1 1/2 that seems to work pretty well. I haven't taken it fishing yet though.
I'm going with the 1 1/2" tube too. I just chopped up a piece 10" long.
Anything smaller, and I couldn't get a prescription drug bottle in it.
Anything bigger honestly, and it'd be too big (about the width of a
tackle box almost I think).

I'm going to cover it completely in Woodland Camo Tape,
then Ranger Band the caps, wrap some paracord around it,
and fill it with fishing goodies and a small set of needlenose pliers.

I'm going to parse out my fishing bits and make an ESEE Tin Kit and 2
or 3 PVC Kits (Auto, MOLLE II Waist Pack Kit, MOLLE II Field Pack Kit).
Plus, I'll see if I can make a tiny EDC fishing kit while I'm at it.
And of course, an Altoids Kit. But! Back to the PVC Kit...

Since it won't be watertight anyway, I'm going to drill a couple of drain holes.
I'm going to use prescription pill bottles as containers that I'll drop in to
organize the contents. I can fit up to 3 bottles in there, but I think I'll
use two and leave the rest for storage. They slide in and out easy enough.

Just for kicks, I'm pretty sure I can manage to wrap a tube tent around it.
Might as well go all the way and put a plastic water bag in there too with
a couple of purification tablets and a ferro rod and dang near complete it.
I'll do that for at least one of the kits. The others, I'll just leave as dedicated
fishing sets since they'll be part of a survival kit already.

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Also made a tool tube for my offroad bike using 3"tube. PVC is dang near indestructible.
Thats a good idea. How does the lid stay on? I dont recognize that kind of cap.
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Thats a good idea. How does the lid stay on? I dont recognize that kind of cap.
It's a mechanical test plug
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/bath/ba...lug-66801.html

Ya screw the wingnut and it expands the rubber gasket inside the pipe. Easy on easy off. When it's tightened it's waterproof and cannot be removed.
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It's a mechanical test plug
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/bath/ba...lug-66801.html

Ya screw the wingnut and it expands the rubber gasket inside the pipe. Easy on easy off. When it's tightened it's waterproof and cannot be removed.
Yeah these things are great. It can be a challenge to find the smaller ones sometimes mainly because they are sold out. At least at my store they were in both home depot and lowes. The only drawback to these that I have discovered over the years is that rubber expanding gasket cracks after a decent amount of use. Mainly because it drys out (I think). If you can keep it from cracking then these are a great cap for the pvc pipes.
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