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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a four-part choose your own adventure called Little List. You must complete four Badge Bits in the Little List.)

In this Badge Bit, you will lash something that is ten feet or longer onto a vehicle.



Some related articles on lashing:
  - Cargo Tie-Down Methods
  - How to Use Ratchet Straps Like a Pro
  - Securing the Load: A Guide to Safe and Legal Transportation of Cargo and Equipment
  - How to Use Ratchet Straps
  - How to Secure Cargo in a Pickup Truck
  - How to Roof Rack Anything













To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - you must attach something ten foot or longer to a vehicle

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a picture before the obviously ten foot or longer cargo has been attached to your vehicle
   - a picture after the obviously ten foot or longer cargo has been attached to your vehicle
   - a picture of the vehicle and cargo at a new location to demonstrate that the cargo was secure
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Ok, it's wild rice season so I need to lug my 17' canoe around.  I've used a variety of systems but this one has worked the best for me.  Close to zero wind resistance and it's not rubbing on the roof.

I have a 6' bed.  This Harbor Freight bed extender has the cross bar at 10.5'.  I need to get my welding buddy to improve the angle on the extender a bit because it can drag when going from a flat road onto an inclined driveway.  Not an issue on the road.

The canoe has an aluminum cross bar about a foot from the front.  I wrap the ratchet strap around this and then cross it over the top of the canoe and then down to the tie down hooks at the front of the bed.  This keeps the front end down and keeps it from moving side to side.  Then I rachet strap the canoe down to the bed extender.  I wrap it around the extender twice so it can't slide backwards past the "elbow" of the extender.  I use foam pads to cushion the canoe against the extender.

First location is my house, second is at the lake.
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Detail of tie down at the front
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Empty truck
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Loaded truck
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At the lake
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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When I moved into my new home I needed a dining room table.  So naturally I made one.  I went to a creative reuse center and bought a 10' x 3' piece of 3/8" acrylic sheeting.  The only problem was, how to get it home.  I won't lie, I was nervous.  I don't know if you've ever lifted a 3/8" slab of 10 x 3 acrylic, but let me tell you it is heavy.  Getting it off the car and into the house alone, so that I didn't have to eat on cardboard boxes anymore, might be the hardest physical thing I've ever done. Once I had built the table in the dining room, having to lift it back up onto its feet literally made me cry in a ball on the floor from despair.  That's how hard it was.

Anyway, onto the pictures.
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Here's a before shot of the tabletob in its retail location. Note the holes in the corners. For scale, notice the granite slab which is the size of a vanity.
Here's a before shot of the tabletob in its retail location. Note the holes in the corners. For scale, notice the granite slab which is the size of a vanity.
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The tie down took into account aerodynamics (hang off the back) with a feed from corner, hitch over roof rack, hitch over roof rack, to corner. Very taut.
The tie down took into account aerodynamics (hang off the back) with a feed from corner, hitch over roof rack, hitch over roof rack, to corner. Very taut.
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Here is a picture of the table in its new location, undamaged.
Here is a picture of the table in its new location, undamaged.
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Here is a picture of my car back home safe and sound.
Here is a picture of my car back home safe and sound.
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB is complete, along with your spiffy new air badge!

 
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So there are no requirements for what kind of vehicle you use?
And also not for the weight of your load, only the length?
And no required distance you transport that load?

 
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Correct Inge!
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