How to Build a Lawn Striper

Written by michael rippetoe
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Most people who play golf or go to a professional baseball game wonder how the grounds crew gets the light and dark stripes on the grass. The answer is simple: They use a striping roller. Most golf courses have mowers with built-in rollers. But it is very easy to build a roller that can be towed behind a lawn tractor to create the same look.

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Things you need

  • 4-inch PVC pipe, 4 feet long
  • 50 pound bag of play sand
  • Two 4-inch PVC end caps
  • Two 1/4-inch-by-3-inch eye hooks with two washers and nuts to fit
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Deep-well socket to fit the nuts for the eye hooks
  • Ratchet
  • Hand saw
  • Two 4-foot lengths of 3/8 rope
  • One carabiner clip
  • Tape measure
  • PVC glue
  • PVC primer

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance between the outside of the back wheels of the riding mower. This will be the length the pipe needs to be cut to. Mark and cut the pipe to this measurement.

  2. 2

    Drill 3/8-inch holes in the centre of each end cap. Then install the eye bolts through the end caps. The eye bolts should have a washer on each side of the cap and the nut on the inside of the cap. Tighten the eye bolts.

  3. 3

    Prime the inside of both end caps and both ends of the pipe. Glue one end cap onto the pipe.

  4. 4

    Fill the pipe 3/4 full with play sand. Then glue the other end cap on to the pipe.

  5. 5

    Tie loops in one end of both pieces of rope. Tie the other ends to the eye bolts on the pipe ends.

  6. 6

    Hook the looped ends to the riding mower hitch with the carabiner clip.

Tips and warnings

  • This lawn striper does not roll.
  • To create one that rolls, tie the rope around the eye bolts not through them.
  • The pipe will be very heavy when complete.
  • The striper may move gravel from driveways into the grass.

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