Stakin' in the rain, what a glorious feeling!
I'm curious; when construction staking in the rain, what do you write on your soaked stakes with? Ink doesn't want to play nice with water-saturated wood.
I'm working in the pacific northwest so this often an issue for me. I've taken to keeping my stakes dry until I've made my notes, but this involves a lot of unnecessary trips between my truck or dry place and the target I'm staking.
Would love to hear about your solutions for this. Wood-burning tools and a propane torch, anyone?
Lumber crayon, a.k.a. keil.
Or anything waxy.
Do the stakes up back at the the truck, under the cover of the canopy. That generally means doing them all at once after the hubs are set.
When the job calls for mag nails in asphalt I write the offset/station/feature information on flagging which tags the nail.
P.S. I'm not sure about that picture. I have never seen anyone with an umbrella out over an instrument. Never. The sign in the background suggests somewhere south of the border.
I second keil - dark red.
Thank you for the suggestions. I'll give keil/lumber crayon a shot. I should probably clean up my preparation so doing them all at once as Mark suggests is more viable.
@mark-mayer; The picture isn't mine, just grabbed something that seemed relevant. I would be very nervous setting up a big sail next to the total station.