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RogueTurtle's New Tent Pegs
© 2006

You probably haven't seen a tent peg quite like this one.

This special "RogueTurtle" edition was constructed by the old RogueTurtle in his back yard workshop. I dug out that welder again just to prove to myself, once and for all, that I am a terrible welder. But, it works.

Made from one-half inch (Number 8) rebar, this peg is approximately 36" long. The top ring sets two inches below the top of the rod to give room for the mushroom cap to fit on the peg. There is a twelve-inch space between the top ring and the bottom ring. This leaves about twenty inches of bar to drive into the ground to hold the bottom of the tent.

The top ring is to hold the rain fly in place, high enough to let a lot of air into the tent, yet low enough to leave plenty of rain protection. Remember, I live in Florida and it rains a lot.

The bent rods holding the rings were made by the old RT using two MAPP gas torches. The rods were cut three inches long, then heated in the middle and bent almost double. Then, the bend of the rod was placed in a vice, clamping the two legs up in the air. Re-heating each leg to red hot, they were bent back into the shape seen below.

I purchased the rings at Home Depot. I welded the bent rods after clamping them in place with the loose ring in-between the rebar and the bent rod.

I had to do a little bit of grinding to both the rod and the rebar to get them to lay flat against each other for welding.

The ends were ground down to a slight slope to make sure they would drive into the ground without wobbling off-course. The mushroom caps make the ends visible and will avoid injuries such as impalement by falling over the tent pegs. I will eventually paint them to match the tent.

Left: The complete set of pegs for my tent. My thanks to P. T. Barnum for his insight into how to hold up large tents in high winds. I saw this as a kid and never forgot it. Let the wind blow. I'm READY!