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Slippery when wet

how to use a treated furring strip as a make shift hand rail for a trail hill

furring strip as a hand rail on a trail hill
We've been taking this short cut to our trailer that saves about 3 minutes, but gets a little slippery on wet days.

I've had the idea for months now to connect two small trees with a treated furring strip to make a do it yourself hand rail, but kept forgetting to pick up the proper hardware.

The total price with both U bolts and the furring strip was around 7 dollars. Not a bad deal for such a huge increase in safety.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hey Mark, I take it you were not a boyscout. Why not use ropes and lash the it to the trees. Better yet use vines they would look even more natural.


Comment by Sam Wed May 9 15:13:39 2012
Sam --- The more able-bodied among us generally go up without anything to hang onto, so Mark wanted this to be more mother-proof, thus the sturdier rail. :-)
Comment by anna Wed May 9 19:22:37 2012

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