Pole Base Cap
All Spiderbeam fiberglass poles ship with two rubber caps, one on each end.
These caps are primarily forseen for protection during transportation, to prevent the pole segments from sliding in or out of each other during transport.
The top cap must be removed before using the pole.
The Bottom Cap may be removed or may be left on the pole.
If you leave the botton rubber cap on the pole for longer than a day or two, you should cut 2 or 3 holes in it with a sharp knife, to enable drainige of condensed water.
(See picture below)
Do not install the pole without base protection.
Otherwise the pole will slowly eat its way into the ground.
Use a Simple, Inexpensive PVC-Cap
- Purchase a PVC-Cap in any hardware store
- Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom
- Place it on the ground with the holes against the ground
- Insert the Spiderpole (without rubber cap)
If desired, you can secure the PVC-Cap to the ground by
hammering a large screw through one of the holes. This prevents the cap from sliding around during installation.
If desired, you may also strap the pole to a wooden or metal stake in the ground... or even a tent peg. This also helps keep the base from sliding around while you are fastening the guy ropes.