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Putting Plastic Stakes Into Hard Ground

How do you put stakes that hold Santas or candy canes, etc, into hard ground. I live in Tucson and the ground in very hard. I tried a hammer and everything. They would not go in. The stakes were unfortunately hard plastic. That could be the problem. However that is what the decorated Santas or candy canes came with. Please help as Christmas is just around the corner, thank goodness.

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Sheilaewton from Tucson, AZ

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August 1, 20060 found this helpful

I take a 3 foot section of steel "rebar" and drive it into the hard soil with a heavy hammer, called a "sledge hammer". Twist and tap the rebar from side to side to enlarge the hole to the size your plastic stake is. Remove the rebar. Then insert your plastic stake into the hole! You can buy short lengths of "rebar" at Lowe's or Home Depot. They don't cost much......maybe a dollar or less.....and come in handy for other things as well.

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

I know what you are talking about. Another suggestion is to take clay flowerpots, fill with something sturdy and put the plastic candy cane stakes in them.

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

According to the mailman when we were putting in a new mailbox and post. He told us the easiest way to do this was to have the hose on real low and as you are pushing down and twisting the ground gives way and you do it with minimal effort. Of course this was after my husband knocked himself out doing it the old way. LOL.. I guess give it a try.

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

You can get a package of 4 metal plastic topped tent stakes at Walmart for about 2.00. They can be hammered in, they are like a big nail & you can tie a rope to them if needed.

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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

water just wet area where stakes will be and it will be

a lot easier.

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August 5, 20060 found this helpful

Once you make a hole, hammer a small piece of pvc pipe in so in the future all you have to do is slide you decoration in the hole.

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

This is a question to a post I found on Google yet its dated 2006. Now it's 2016 ten years later. However, if you still answer these posts how would you get the decoration to stand up if you need to hammer the decoration post into the ground. I would think by placing the decorations post into a pvc pipe there would be a lot of space for the item to move around in. Just need to know as I am one of those bleeps that is trying to put my decorations up in frozen ground. LOL. Thank you.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Me too Darius! NH ground is frozen. I'm going to try the rebar suggestion in the morning . Good luck!

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November 28, 20060 found this helpful

Can anyone tell me how to easily insert the black plastic stake into the lighted candy cane? I have already broken one. Thanks, Deb

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

The easiest method is to soak the area with a reasonable amount of warm water prior to inserting the pegs and do the same when it is time to remove them.

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