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There's no need to pay $40 for a snake pole at the local farm and ranch store. Using materials readily available at Home Depot, you can build one quickly and easily using household tools. Certainly, there are different types and styles of snake poles and hooks. This is my favorite method of building one that's functional and safe. This pole is constructed of heavy duty PVC, has a loop that'll end up about 16" long depending on how much cord you use on your knots, and feels balanced in your hands.
Materials generally come in longer lengths or greater quantities than necessary. Make a couple of poles and keep one in the barn or workshop, or give one to that generous neighbor who gives you citrus from their tree. I make several at a time and sell them to neighbors at just above cost.
These are the best tools for the project.
1. Measure and cut an 108 inch (nine foot) length of cord.
2. Using the heat gun, singe each end of the cord to prevent fraying. If you don't have a heat gun, you can use a barbecue lighter. Nylon will melt at a lower temperature than polyester.
Caution: Melting fibers will adhere to your skin and can burn you. Keep pets and children away. Keep a bowl of water at hand. You can plunge the end of the nylon into it if necessary to put out any fires or cool the rope after melting the end. If you accidentally burn yourself or drip a hot substance on your hand, you can plunge your hand into the water.
3. Thread the cord through the PVC pipe.
4. Tie the "keeper" object to one end of the cord. Use a knot you can rely on!
5. On the end of the PVC opposite the keeper you've attached, place a 2" hose clamp about an inch from the end. Draw the end of the cord through the clamp and knot it; a basic square knot is fine. Secure the hose clamp snugly using the flat-blade screwdriver.
Your pole is now complete!
Here in the desert, both PVC and synthetic cords are prone to deterioration from heat and sunlight. I left my old snake pole in my tack room, where the cord eventually disintegrated from the heat. Keep your pole in the shade if you must store it outside.
Rodents enjoy nibbling on the cord, also. If you have snakes, you probably also have rodents. Again, storing it in a 5-gallon bucket is a good idea; it will keep the rodents from chewing the bottom part of the cord as well as giving you a readily-available bucket for dropping the snake into.
I try to keep a pole on the back patio, in the house, and in the barn area. You don't want to have to hunt for it when that rattlesnake is at the back door!
Although this is not designed to be a catch-pole for dogs, it'll do the job in a pinch. If you need to assist a frightened or aggressive dog or wild animal, try your snake pole. You can pull an injured animal off the roadway, catch a cornered creature, or rescue an animal from the pool.
© 2019 Marcy J. Miller
Marcy J. Miller (author) from Arizona on March 26, 2019:
That's amazing, T. What quick dogs!
The Logician from now on on March 26, 2019:
Or you could use this method: