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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 three-part choose your own adventure list BB called Big List. You must complete three Badge Bits in the Big List.)

In this Badge Bit, you will build a rock jack.

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Minimum requirements:
   - Two nails per joint (no screws)
   - At least 8’ high

Provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
   - Your rock jack supplies
   - Midway through building the rock jack
   - The completed rock jack
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Learned how to build a rock jack and built one over the course of two days. A very neat contraption.
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Location
Location
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Supplies
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Construction
Construction
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Finished
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IT TOOK TWO DAYS, but I did build a rock jack on Wheaton Labs.

I believe it now holds a section of junk pole fence! My rock jack mama heart is so proud.
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The location. The rock middle left of the photo is the base of the post. Materials to the right of the path.
The location. The rock middle left of the photo is the base of the post. Materials to the right of the path.
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Halfway through building! (I hope this is enough of an action shot)
Halfway through building! (I hope this is enough of an action shot)
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Success!
Success!
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Another angle, because it was so pretty.
Another angle, because it was so pretty.
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Hey Skip team! This summer, I built a rock jack. I used materials gathered from the shop and also left over materials from other SKIP event participants. Mike and Dez showed me how to make sure the dimensions were all fitting. Then I followed their pattern, and made a rock jack to support this section of fence. I rock! hah. hah.
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Harvesting junk pole with Dez
Harvesting junk pole with Dez
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The location to begin
The location to begin
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The tools and supplies used
The tools and supplies used
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the frame up
the frame up
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the arms on
the arms on
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rocks securely loaded
rocks securely loaded
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Here is my rock jack BB submission. It worked out quite well but I would lower the platform by about 4 inches on the next one I make.  This section of hill is quite steep so the rock counterweight ends up higher off the ground than I'd like.

Minimum requirements:
  - Two nails per joint (no screws)
  - At least 8’ high

Provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
  - Your rock jack supplies
  - Midway through building the rock jack
  - The completed rock jack
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Initial supplies
Initial supplies
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Building progress 1
Building progress 1
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Building progress 2
Building progress 2
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Complete and weighted down
Complete and weighted down
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Here is my submission for PEP BB Homesteading (Sand) - Build a Rock Jack:

Minimum requirements:
   - Two nails per joint (no screws)
   - At least 8’ high

I am providing proof of the following as pictures or video:
   - My rock jack supplies
   - Midway through building the rock jack
   - The completed rock jack

The most solid feeling designs of this style I saw at WL had the platform as low to the ground as possible. However, slope and terrain variations influence one's ability to achieve this considerably.
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starting supplies
starting supplies
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tools + hammer not pictured
tools + hammer not pictured
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midway through
midway through
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complete
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complete
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Needed one more post on my fence. Rock jack BB was a good occasion to finish this.
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