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Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

Cut a dry-cleaner's wire hanger into hooks that can pin down the many tubes in your drip-irrigation system.

Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

My husband bought some stakes at the hardware store when we first installed our drip-irrigation system for our garden. I looked at the package and saw what looked like pieces of the wire hangers you get at the dry cleaner’s. Why not make them ourselves and save a few bucks?

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Steps

Step #1:

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Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

To transform wire hangers into hooks, you need wire hangers, wire cutters and pliers.

Step #2:

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Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

Unwind the neck of the hanger. The original hook of the hanger serves as stake #1. Cut around the hanger. I was able to get two stakes at the neck, one at each of the corners, and then one straight piece along the bottom (shown here with a bend already).

Step #3:

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Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

For the one straight section from the long bottom of the hanger, you'll need to add a bend using pliers starting around 2/3 to 4/5 of the way down the straight part.

Step #4:

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Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

Stick the stakes into the ground to keep your irrigation tubing in place.

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Hose Stakes from Reused Hangers (for Drip-Irrigation Systems)

You can use them all over the garden. When I went to take pics of these today, I see that the one that had some kind of yellow-greenish coating (left, on the white tubing) is doing much better in the elements than the one without (the one on the right holding down the black hose is rusting).