A community organisation I volunteer with needs a way to manage queues at public events. The wait isn't long and the crowd isn't rowdy - we just need a visual indicator of where people should stand in line. Our plan is to string rope or bunting between poles around a metre high, but proprietary queue barrier poles are crazy expensive. Can you help us improvise an alternative using cheap and/or recycled materials?
We need the poles to be:
- Light and compact enough to fit, say, 20 in the back of a car.
- Stable on grass or tarmac - or adaptable for use with either.
- Able to be used by volunteers of all abilities - ie, nothing requiring a post hole driver.
- Cheap - preferably under $8 each.
- Durable enough to survive hard ground, wet weather and being bumped around in transit.
- Not dangerous to children/clumsy adults
- Materials available in Australia (our local big box hardware store is Bunnings
, in case that helps).
- Bonus points if made from recycled or otherwise "green" materials.
Some ideas I've been considering so far:
- Tread-in pigtail posts
(designed to hold electric fences) - with a separate base for use on tarmac?
- Ikea desk leg
bolted to a plywood base - with holes for tent pegs to secure them on grass?
But I'm sure there must be better options out there using materials from industries I'm unfamiliar with. Some magic combination of plumbing fittings and bamboo poles? Something using scaffolding base plates? A foolproof design we can assemble from scrap wood? Please help us, creative MeFites. We can't be the first community organisation to attempt to solve this problem on a budget.