I first saw the Pot Lifter on an episode of "Gardening by the Yard" and loved it! Then I saw the price and was a bit surprised. I'm not doubting the construction or the relative value, but I can find a large dolly at the pawn shop for the same amount of cash. And I'm cheap when it comes to gardening gadgets. Plus it seemed a bit limited in size.
I also saw an episode of "from Martha's garden" where the producers must have convinced Martha to try climbing a tree with an experienced arborist. I don't know that much about knots, so I'm easily amazed when it comes to how useful and versatile they can be. However, despite how awesome it was to watch Martha Stewart try to climb a tree (and I can't say I would have done any better to be honest), the knot the arborist used was even more awesome!
So combining the Pot Lifter idea and the knots, I managed to create my own pot lifter/hauler for $3. I taught myself the knot and can make one of these rigs in about 15 minutes. It's super easy and incredibly useful especially if you have a lot of large, bulky pots that you might need to bring inside for the winter or severe weather. You can potentially make your own for free if you can get your own rope without paying a dime.
The bonus is that it's adjustable and can move more than pots! You can haul lots of stuff!
Step 1: Materials
- Two Longer Bicycle Inner Tubes (cut to 24" or 61cm each)
- Two Shorter Bicycle Inner Tubes (cut to 11" or 28cm each)
You can find bicycle inner tubes for free at a place that does bicycle repairs or perhaps any specialty bike shop.
- Two Hollowed Pieces of Bamboo (11" or 28cm each)
I used bamboo because I have a good amount of it in my backyard. You do not need to use bamboo - you just need something that is tubular and has a comfortable grip for your handles such as PVC pipe.
- Two Longer Ropes (154" or 391cm each)
- Two Shorter Ropes (61" or 155cm each)
This is some leftover rope that I bought at Home Depot. You won't need a whole bundle. I taped and singed the ends.
Note: These are the measurements of the materials I used. Your measurements do not need to exactly match mine, but remember you can cut things shorter, not longer.
Step 2: Create the Center
Lay the longer ropes parallel to one another.
Lay the shorter ropes parallel to one another and on top of the longer ropes with the inner tubes between the longer ropes.
Tie the shorter ropes to the longer ropes using a Blake's Hitch and a Figure 8 Knot.
Step 3: Create the Handles
Step 4: How to Use
Enjoy and be safe in the garden!