How to build a rod holder with PVC pipes

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How to build a rod holder with PVC pipes
Rod holders are essential for surf fishing. (Fishing Rods at Nightfall image by Angel-Photos from

A rod holder is a handy tool for bank fishing. It allows you to set your fishing rod or pole down without getting the butt of the rod dirty or taking the risk of a fish stealing your fishing gear. A basic rod holder consists of a shaft that is pressed or driven into the ground and a larger diameter shaft that is approximately the length of the rod butt. Variations on the basic rod holder can be designed as cup holders, pedestal tables, and for other camp and garden uses.

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Things you need

  • Hacksaw
  • 180-Grit sandpaper
  • PVC pipe 3/4-inch by 36-inches
  • PVC pipe 1-1/2-inch by 8-inches
  • 1 PVC reducer coupling 1-1/2-inch to 3/4-inch
  • PVC primer (optional)
  • PVC cement

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  1. 1

    Create a stake out of the 3/4-inch PVC. Cut one end of the 3/4-inch pipe at a 45-degree angle. Increase the angle to improve penetrating performance.

    How to build a rod holder with PVC pipes
    PVC is ideal for use at the beach or sandy river banks. (Fishing in Gambian into the Atlantic Ocean image by PJGCC from
  2. 2

    Score the joints. Sanding increases the ability of the cement to penetrate the pipe for more dependable joints. Only the first inch of the pipe or fitting needs to be sanded. Lightly sand the uncut end of the 3/4-inch PVC. Sand on end of the 1-1/2-inch pipe. Score the inside of both ends of the reducer in the same manner.

  3. 3

    Shake the container of PVC primer well before opening. Apply by rubbing the applicator built into the cap around the sanded areas of pipe. Apply primer to the interior ends of the reducer coupling. Allow at least 1 minute before applying cement.

  4. 4

    Shake the can of PVC cement vigorously. Unscrew the cap and apply cement using the built-in applicator. Roll the applicator around the sanded ends of pipe for a uniform coat. Apply another even coat to the sanded interior ends of the reducer coupling.

  5. 5

    Assemble the pieces. Insert the 3/4-inch pipe into the smaller end of the reducer coupling. Press the pipe firmly into place with a twisting motion. Install the 1-1/2-inch pipe in the same manner. Allow one hour for the cement to cure.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray WD-40 on the hacksaw blade before you begin to cut. This lubricates the blade for faster, straighter cuts.
  • Attach a small bell to the reducer coupling to alert you of strikes on the line.
  • Wear gloves when working with PVC cement to prevent chemical burns to sensitive skin.

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