portable A-frame

Peta Hudson petahud at ihug.co.nz
Wed Aug 15 02:46:12 EDT 2001

Thanks again Russ! I'll have a go!

Pacific Edge Permaculture + Media wrote:

> 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
> (swales).
> Materials:
> - two wooden poles or pieces of squared timber approximately two metres in
> length
> - 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.
> Construction:
> - 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
> transport.
> Hope this is of some use.
> ...................
> Russ Grayson
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