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Leaf Bag Holder & Recycled Campaign Sign Funnel

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I made a leaf bag holder a few years back, and it's worked well. Last year Popular Mechanics® published one

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/lawn-garden/build-this-leaf-sack-rack-and-make-raking-easy

with twice as many parts and a need to use clamps. Mine doesn't use clamps and needs fewer fittings so since then I've been meaning to post mine. Then I figured out how to make a funnel out of old plastic board campaign signs so decided I'd get this posted while signs are still out here in the US. The rack is sized for a 39 gallon/ 2' 9" X 3' 5" leaf bag to fit tight enough so it won't fall down and the legs will pivot to hold the bag taught.  

Once the leaf bag is full, the rack pulls right out. I usually set it down with the legs up so I can slip on a new bag with the seam parallel to the long side.

Step 1: Parts

I used 3/4" PVC. You will need about 12'
  • 90° fittings - 4 each
  • "Tee" fittings - 4 each
  • Caps - 4 each
  • Legs 24" - 4 each
  • 16-1/2" arm - 2 each
  • 7-1/2" arm - 2 each
  • 2" stubs - 4 each
The caps will prevent the legs from poking through the bag.

Step 2: Assembly

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I have left the ends not glued to the "tee" fittings for two reasons:
  1. I can take the frame apart and store it flat.
  2. I can shift the legs if the ground is uneven.
The major drawback is that the frame can easily work its self out of square usually with the legs moving toward each other and then you may have to fight the bag a bit..

If you do glue the frame completely, leave 1/4 ~ 3/8" of the 2" stub showing between the 90° and the "tee" fitting.
 
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