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.
February/March 2009
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/metal-post-caps-zmaz09fmzraw.aspx
Old tennis balls make excellent metal post caps.


ILLUSTRATIONS: ALEXMILLOS/JOMAPLAON/FOTOLIA

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