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Long Reach Berry Picker

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Easily pick those blackberries that are just out of reach and deliver them to your holding container.  I found this takes a bit of practice to get the hand-eye coordination down.  It becomes a sort of game with the instant reward feeling the berry rolling down the tube and making a plunking sound into the container.  OK…enough of that.
This is a very simple construction.  A Big thanks to Thinkenstein for the idea of using the 1” PVC to deliver the berries to a container.  This is my first instructable and I'm very pleased to finally be able to contribute to this amazing Instructables site. In Victoria, BC we're nearing the end of our Blackberry season so I hope this hasn't come too late.
 
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Step 1: Required Items:

1. Five feet of 1” PVC pipe (I found mine in my basement rafters)
2. One Long Reach Pickup device  (Dollar store)
3. Two  ½” copper pipe brackets (Hardware store)
4. Four small screws and washers (washers needed to keep the screws from entering the pipe too far.
5. Plastic Container – like a yogurt, cottage cheese, etc type that has a snap on lid.
6. Tools: Saw (Hacksaw or band saw); Screwdriver; Drill; Some Painter’s tape or masking tape, Pencil or felt tip pen, xacto knife or box cutter razor.

Step 2: Cutting the PVC pipe:

Picture of Cutting the PVC pipe:
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First cut one end of the PVC as shown in the first picture (this will hold your berry container to the pipe), then cut the other end of the PVC as shown in the 2nd picture (this is the berry trap, where it starts it’s long roll down the tube).

Step 3: Attach the Long Reach Pincer

With your hand, hold the Long Reach Device to the PVC pipe so that the open pincers are above the cutaway section of the PVC pipe.  Careful that you don’t let the collar of the Pincer go past the cutaway edge or it can jam when you try to pull it back with that super juicy berry lost forever.  Now slide the pincer back down the pipe until the end of the pincer is just into the drop zone.
eblackman17 months ago
needed that today.
foobear7 months ago
oh soooo smart. thank you. I will be using this next year
Gartholameau (author)  foobear7 months ago
Thanks, go build it now so you don't have to run around trying to find the instructions next year. :-)
Kiteman7 months ago
Don't the screws trap rolling fruit?
Gartholameau (author)  Kiteman7 months ago
That's why I included the washers so the screws don't penetrate too far, plus the screws are at the top of the pipe. Another idea is to unscrew them after they are installed and use a wire cutter to snip the ends of the screws and then reinsert.
Cool, thanks.
DrRedu7 months ago
Whoa!!!! I am in awe!!! this soooo ROCKS!!!
Gartholameau (author)  DrRedu7 months ago
Thanks, I hope you make one.
icekid7 months ago
My grandma would love this! I'll try to mod it with a funnel. Thanks for sharing.
Gartholameau (author)  icekid7 months ago
I thought of a funnel, but it kept getting jammed in the blackberry bushes.
freetree1237 months ago
Cool
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