Country Lore: Metal Post Caps From Tennis Balls

If you're thinking of using metal fence posts to hold up a tarp, old tennis balls work well as metal post caps.

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Old tennis balls make excellent metal post caps.

ILLUSTRATIONS: ALEXMILLOS/JOMAPLAON/FOTOLIA

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Metal fence posts make great frames for stacked firewood. But I’ve been frustrated by the holes the post tops often tear in my wood-covering tarps.

The solution? Tennis balls.

I simply slit an old tennis ball and slip it over the top end of each post. Now, when I throw a tarp over the stacked wood, the metal post caps serve as tarp protectors. They provide a cushion that keep tarps from tearing.

I have found free or cheap “dead” tennis balls (balls that have lost their bounce) at tennis clubs and thrift shops.

Bryn Fleming
Mitchell, Oregon