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#1 Daniel Beaver

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:19 PM

These are the mobstacles I have been using at the Puerto Rican wars, and I figured I should share. They are very cheap to make, and so you can build a lot of them for a war. We play in an open grass field, so artificial obstacles have been vital. They have also held up well in windy weather (a common problem).

You should be able to procure the materials for around ten dollars (I spent $11.50):
  • Four 5 foot sections of PVC. I would recommend 3/4" or 1". These act as vertical support. Buy ten foot sections and cut them in half.
  • Duct tape to bind the tops together. I suppose a more robust solution would be better, but duct tape has held up well for me.
  • About 25 feet of rope
  • 6x8 blue tarp
  • Two tent stakes

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The setup should be fairly self-explanatory. The PVC acts as a frame, with the legs angled slightly inward. The rope his held taught by the stakes, and runs through the eyelets of the top edge of the tarp.

I run the rope through the corner eyelets twice as shown. This holds the tarp tight against the frame, and keeps it from sliding away towards the middle.

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I used a rubber mallet to drive plastic camping stakes into each end. It is sort of hidden in the grass, but I tied the rope to the stake with a half-hitch knot. I then tied the lose end of rope to the eyelet at the bottom of the tarp, which keeps it from floping around in the wind.

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Edited by Daniel Beaver, 05 May 2012 - 10:32 PM.

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#2 Ozymandias

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:08 PM

Impressive. Its like pitching an old fashion tent, just with one wall.

If someone didn't want to use Duct Tape, they could use a Bi-pod lashing, which would save money with the tradeoff being longer set-up times.

Edited by Ozymandias, 04 May 2012 - 06:09 PM.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:30 PM

If someone didn't want to use Duct Tape, they could use a Bi-pod lashing, which would save money with the tradeoff being longer set-up times.


I was thinking you could just drill holes and run the rope through them at the top. Just roll everything up after, no need to take it apart.
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#4 Daniel Beaver

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:43 PM

Both of those would work, but duct tape is just so damn easy.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

Very nice design! I like it!
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