maryanimal wrote:OK, what is a good length for rebar stakes and how do you curve the ends? I'm going to buy lengths of it at Home Depot/Lowes. Are there places that'll bend it for you?
I like 24" lengths of rebar. I drive 'em in halfway. I do not have candy caned rebar. I don't really want to bother trying to pound them while they're in that shape, although perhaps it's not that bad (I don't know--and people obviously manage). Instead, I top my straight rebar with tennis balls in which an "X" has been scored so the rebar can enter (though topping with plastic pop bottles or other things are fine). Cutting an "x" in a tennis ball is not super easy the first time, and requires a certain amount of finesse, hand strength, a good sharp knife, and gloves. I have finesse, but average hand strength--and a certain amount of nervousness with knives--so Motskyroonmatick showed me how.
How do I keep my rope from slipping off straight rebar? I tilt my rebar gently outward at an angle before I pound them. Then I pull the rope from where it's knotted at the top of the shade structure down to the rebar, wind my rope low on the rebar, several times around, onto itself (before the rope is pulled back up and tied to itself with a fancy-ass knot). In my experience, it has held very well. Checking it periodically is smart, though.
Here's some info on candy caning rebar nonetheless. It's very popular, and it does give you a handle to yank with at the end of the week. Professor Flubber's Patented Kandy-Kane Rebar Method! http://www.burningman.com/preparation/e ... uring.html