portable A-frame

Pacific Edge Permaculture + Media pacedge at magna.com.au
Tue Aug 14 21:35:10 EDT 2001

Hi Peta...

> From: Peta Hudson <petahud at ihug.co.nz>
> To: "permaculture" <permaculture at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
> Subject: portable A-frame
> Hi to everyone out there,
> I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how to make a lightweight, portable
> A-frame for measuring contours? I seem to remember seeing one that
> looked as though it even folded up. Cheers Peta

I made a folding A-frame fro laying out contour plantings or contour ditches

- two wooden poles or pieces of squared timber approximately two metres in
- one piece of straight timber to form a horizontal beam
- three bolts with butterfly nut to join timbers
- one spirit (bubble) level about three centimetres long of the type used by
bricklayers; alternatively, a string with a heavy object attached to the
apex of the A-frame.

- drill holes for the bolts at the apex of the two longer poles and at the
ends of the horizontal timber to attach it to the two long poles
- tie, tape or otherwise attach the spirit level to the horizontal timber
while holding the A-frame on a level surface.

The butterfly nuts are unscrewed, the bolts removed and the poles folded for

Hope this is of some use.

Russ Grayson


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