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bherpin
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I'm looking for another cane pole distributor for marsh surveys. My guy down in Houma, LA is out right now. Does anyone know of a place along the gulf coast I could get a few bundles of cane poles? I remember a guy in Alabama carried some but I can't find his contact info.

 
Posted : June 2, 2020 7:42 am
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Posted : June 9, 2020 8:27 am
Lamon Miller
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Guy in Alabama is Craig Boutwell 334-504-4706

 
Posted : June 11, 2020 5:48 am

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What do you use them for?

 
Posted : June 30, 2020 4:59 am
A Harris
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I've always gone back and reclaimed my stakes and such and leave post or a fiberglass driveway marker by monuments and along boundaries.

Why not reclaim the bamboo stakes and use them over and over, they last much longer than a pine kiln dried lath.

 
Posted : June 30, 2020 6:18 am
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Lamon Miller
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Mr. Surveyor I like the OP, survey in the marsh/swamp areas.   90% of the work involves pipelines, either locating one or staking one for construction and sometimes both, staking one for construction which might be paralleling an existing one.   The water level typically is less than a foot below ground to ponds where the water can be 5' or deeper.  Good ground will barely support a person walking and bad ground won't.  We use air boats or marsh buggies for transportation. 

The cane poles generally come in 16' and up in length, kiln dried and straight as an arrow.  When you need to mark a spot the poles are stabbed down until you feel they will stay.  Sometimes you will have 8' sticking out other times you will have 3'.  We are rarely able to recover them because the construction crews usually destroy them.   If the crews didn't destroy them it is too costly to recover because of air boat/marsh buggy rental etc. You would be spending $3,000 a day to recover $700 in cane poles that your client already paid for.    

 
Posted : July 14, 2020 7:52 am
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@lamon-miller

Have you ever used cheap PVC pipe? I get 10' lengths for $1.87 at Home Depot and I can cut them to what ever length I want...

 
Posted : July 14, 2020 8:44 am
Lamon Miller
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I have used pvc pipe but not in the marsh or marsh.  10' isn't long enough, we could shove it out of site.   Sometimes 16' isn't long enough so we tie "duck tape" two poles together.  Green bamboo won't work its too flimsy, it has to be kiln dried.  

 
Posted : July 14, 2020 10:56 am

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A Harris
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PVC also comes in 20ft lengths that have an expanded end to connect to the next joint.

 
Posted : July 15, 2020 3:54 pm
Lamon Miller
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We order cane poles by the hundreds, 3 or 4 hundred at a time would not be unusual.   When riding in an air boat or marsh buggy space is at a premium and often will need to carry 100 poles at a time.  We can fit that many because of the small diameter of a cane pole.  Pvc pipe would be too bulky, although I have use it when only needing to stake a few spots. 

 
Posted : July 23, 2020 8:43 am
cordgrass
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@dougie

I find PVC tends to fill up with water and bend.  Also, the cane poles will eventually rot away.  I see some places with PVC in the marsh it just looks bad. 

 
Posted : July 26, 2020 7:44 pm
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Posted by: @bherpin

I'm looking for another cane pole distributor for marsh surveys. My guy down in Houma, LA is out right now. Does anyone know of a place along the gulf coast I could get a few bundles of cane poles? I remember a guy in Alabama carried some but I can't find his contact info.

I have around 31,000 poles new 20-25'

 

 

 
Posted : January 13, 2023 12:54 pm