Short ‘Podger’ Hole Alignment Spike

The Finished Shorter Marlin-Spike called a Podger for Lining Up Holes

The Finished Shorter Marlin-Spike called a ‘Podger’ for Lining Up Holes

This project was not my idea, a gentleman by the name of Steve asked me this past Fall if I could make him a shorter ‘Podger’ Spike to align holes in pipe.

Adjustable Spud Wrench Used to Line Up Holes with the Spiked End

Adjustable Spud Wrench Used to Line Up Holes with the Spiked End

He was using a combination Crescent Wrench & Hole Alignment Spike when adding extensions to Helical Drilling Pipe connections and the dirt sides of the holes were in the way many times depending on the position of the pipe & holes.

View Showing the Lengths of the Different Types of Hole Alignment Spikes

View Showing the Lengths of the Different Types of Hole Alignment Spikes

I used 7/8″ & 5/8″ scrap ‘All-Thread’ to make this Shorter Podger-Spike 3″ long because there is no need to go all the way through both sides of the pipe to line up the holes.

View Showing How the Shorter Podger-Spike is Held

View Showing How the Shorter Podger-Spike is Held

Turned down the 7/8″ All-Thread on the lathe but left enough thread for a Safety Stop nut to keep fingers away from the hole edges.

A Welded-On Safety Nut Keeps Knuckles & Fingers Away from Holes

A Welded-On Safety Nut Keeps Knuckles & Fingers Away from Holes

It worked so well when testing it, decided to use it in the shop on a project to line up large flat-plate bolt holes … and then painted it red to give to Steve for his projects.

The Shorter Podger-Spike is Painted Red so Easier to See if Dropped in Dirt

The Shorter Podger-Spike is Painted Red so Easier to See if Dropped in Dirt

 

Thanks for the idea Steve … I will miss having it in the shop so going to make one for myself.

… CHEERS!!

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