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Build Your Own Geocache Waterproof Tube Container

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GeoCaching is GREAT!   It's basically a high tech treasure hunt game growing in popularity the world over.  All you need is internet access, a GPS; Smart Phone, or even a map and compass, and of course, something to find. 
What Geocachers need to find is called a Geocache.  And creating a Cache to hide can be almost as addictive as the sport itself.
To learn more about Caching check out geocaching.com  and opencaching.com .
Another great resource dispensing indispensable news and geocaching trivia is a top notch Pod Cast at www.podcacher.com

I've designed this container be long enough to hold a pen, and generous sized cache log.
After searching around the Instructables.com site, I found several very good instructables of two bottle tops being bonded to create a much smaller container which would be know in the Caching world as a micro cache.
Here's a few versions that may suit your needs if this instructable isn't quite your flavor:
And there's likely more to find if you look.




 
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Step 1: LIST OF INGREDIENTS

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Though you may substitute some or all of the items and or tools with what works best for you, here is a list of what I used in the creation of this Instructable:

INGREDIENTS:
  1. 3/4 INCH PVC TUBE
  2. PEN
  3. HACK SAW
  4. PLASTIC POP OR WATER BOTTLES WITH SCREW ON CAPS x2
  5. DREMEL OR OTHER ROTARY TYPE TOOL WITH SANDING DRUM ATTACHMENT
  6. OSCULATING SANDER WITH SANDPAPER
  7. PVC CEMENT
  8. STANDARD PAPER SHEET x2
  9. SCISSORS
  10. STAPLER
  11. SPRAY PAINT (VARIOUS CAMO) Shown in Intro Image

Step 2: CHOOSING THE LENGTH

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Use the pen you wish to place inside your container to roughly measure the length of your project.
Then mark a cut line directly on the tube..

Step 3: MAKING THE CUT

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Find a sturdy area to do your cutting and use hacksaw to cut through the tube as marked in previous step.
(I just braced it against my knee).
4freds1 year ago
I would not advise building geocaches that look anything like a bomb. : (
This works well with 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe and large juice bottle screw tops.
Travel bugs can fit into these and can hold more geoswag.
This is awesome and i am deffinatlly going to be building one of these. Thank you very much i am a very active Geocacher up in maine and have several of my own out in the field. THANK YOU!!!!
Cache Slinger (author)  goodness1811 year ago
Hi there goodness181,
Thanks for your enthusiastic comment. :)
I've gotten a bit of unanticipated feedback on this type of cache after showing it to friends, and also on the www.podcacher.com geocaching pod cast (a very good geocaching show if you've never listened to them.
The thought had never even crossed my mind while creating this, and I've got 22 years in the Infantry, plus an additional 6 years in the air force, but more than a few folks have suggested that this cache type looks like a pipe bomb.
Pod cacher suggested painting it pink, and other ave suggested hiding this type of cache very well in a non-populated area, like the woods.
I'm convinced now that both of these are good ideas.
Personally, now that I think of it, my cache does resemble what we call a para-flare. :)
wakojako2 years ago
Just a word of warning -
if you plan to hide this near a highly trafficked area I'd paint it orange or yellow and hide it better to compensate. This cache's current camouflage does look a bit like you're trying to hide explosives, other than that, great cache!
heathbar642 years ago
Do you find it necesary to have a removable cap on both ends? Or could you just glue a pvc pipe cap on one end?
Cache Slinger (author)  heathbar642 years ago
Hi Heathbar64.
I placed the cap on both ends for two reasons.
1. To save money, using the bottle top which came with y purchase of the beverage it originally held.
2. For ease of just pushing the pen and log sheet out the other end.

I suppose those building their own will modify it any way they like, so the possibilities are endless.

Good idea though.

I suppose rather than painting the container, you could also wrap bark from a dead branch around it for a more natural camouflage.

Thanks for your suggestion.
CaseyCase2 years ago
Please consider hiding traditional caches--micro caches are not as much fun!
Cache Slinger (author)  CaseyCase2 years ago
CaseyCase, though this would be considered a "Small" as opposed to a Micro, I personally know may cachers who especially enjoy hunting for NANO and MICRO caches.
I would certainly enjoy reading your thoughts on my Instructable in addition to what I've learned about your opinion to looking for Micro Caches. :)
Happy GeoCaching!
- Cheers!

P.S. My Geocaching name on www.geocaching.com is also Cache Slinger. if anyone else has a geocaching account, feel free to link to your profile or add your caching name and number of find if you like. :)
Here's the link to my profile though you may need a free account to view it: Cache Slinger http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?guid=f8699c0d-eae7-4d55-8790-ae37f52929c9&wid=cd403676-25f5-4d17-8d23-f02f6f160991&ds=2