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Cathunter




Joined: 2003-09-10
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I use one of the Lexan boxes that Beast has for keeping my camera and cell phone in while kayaking. It's tough as nails and has a great watertight seal that latches easily. They are a bit pricey, but make for a great see-through container.

Oh, and I bought it at Gander Mountain.

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kent1915
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Joined: 2005-05-19
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Location: Eau Claire, WI USA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

lock-n-lock have my vote. Of course, cryovials are also a favorite of mine for micros.
 
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greyhounder
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Joined: 2004-01-18
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Location: Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Team Deejay:
Can I watch when you try get a replacement, due to the fact that it cracked because someone dropped a boulder on it, trying to "rehide" it? Image Or how about claiming a bear chewed on it to break it? Image


Image The boulder would probaby be a good reason, but I don't think animal damage would work though.

Of course, now I'm really determined to actually hide one...

Bec
 
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Matter23
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:33 am Reply with quote Back to top

PVC piping works good with screwed on ends. One side I would 2 part epoxy and the other side I wouldnt epoxy. I never had problems unless there was extensive damage done to it. And they fit very well in trees and stumps. Finally, spray black or green primer paint over it or camo duct tape for better camoflage.
 
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DCexplorer
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Joined: 2003-08-21
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Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Matter23:
PVC piping works good with screwed on ends. One side I would 2 part epoxy and the other side I wouldnt epoxy. I never had problems unless there was extensive damage done to it. And they fit very well in trees and stumps. Finally, spray black or green primer paint over it or camo duct tape for better camoflage.


Matter, have you had complaints about the screwed-on end being stuck or hard to open Do you use the threads on the inside with a stopper, or threads on the outside, with a cap?
 
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bnb
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I know you didn't ask me, but I'll give my experiences with PVC. The 40+ Presidents series caches in the Eau Claire/Menomonie area were originally PVC using the threads on the outside of the pipe. The problems we've seen have been frozen lids due to moisture on the threads when sealed, stuck due to pine sap on the threads, sealed so tight that some people can't open, not sealed well enough so they leak. Our replacements, since adopting the series, have used the threads on the inside. If tightened securely enough to keep out moisture, they tend to be very difficult to open because there isn't much to get a grip on. I am currently looking for another type of replacement.

Another problem with these types of containers is that if they look very suspicious to non-geocachers. One was confiscated by police and, I recently found out, another was blown up by the police.

Ruth
 
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Matter23
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

A great cacher once told me once, "You aren't a Geocacher until you get stopped by Johnny Law."
I guess PVC isn't that great when it comes to public safety and awarness. I have done some of the President caches last summer. I like the idea they were in PVC tubes. Although I would camoflauge them with spray paint (once again some kind of green, black, or brown primer paint) or use Camo duct tape. And also try to label it as a geocache. If I remember correctly they weren't camo'ed very well. And to Johnny Law it was probably suspicious.
I havent had trouble with PVC other than having the caps freeze on me in the winter. And yes, eventually they get a little moisture in them. But the advantage of PVC is that its cylindrical and it comes in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses. I hope this helps! Good Luck.
 
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Cachew
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

A real high percentage of PVC tubes I've opened have pretty bad condensation problems inside. I don't know why this affects PVC tubes more than other plastic or metal.
 
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Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
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Joined: 2004-05-06
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Location: Waukesha, WI, US

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The problem I have with some of the PVC containers either with the threads on the inside and a screw top OR the kind that uses friction/slide on to close it, is that I can't always get them OPEN. Of course it depends on the cacher before me. Get a big honkin' strong dude before me and he'll crank that sucker on so darn tight. LOL The friction/slide on ones, not knowing if they are on tight, a screw type or I'm too stupid to realize they slide on, is that I almost killed a couple cache containers by whacking it on a tree to get it loose.

A cacher's gotta do what she's gotta do!!
 
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Team Deejay
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Joined: 2005-10-02
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu:
The problem I have with some of the PVC containers either with the threads on the inside and a screw top OR the kind that uses friction/slide on to close it, is that I can't always get them OPEN. Of course it depends on the cacher before me. Get a big honkin' strong dude before me and he'll crank that sucker on so darn tight. LOL The friction/slide on ones, not knowing if they are on tight, a screw type or I'm too stupid to realize they slide on, is that I almost killed a couple cache containers by whacking it on a tree to get it loose.

A cacher's gotta do what she's gotta do!!



Did you ever consider carrying a chainsaw with you on the hunt? Image
 
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Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:06 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'd carry a chainsaw, but something tells me the owner of the cache might get a LIL bit upset with me. So might the DNR!! LOL
 
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Cheesehead Dave
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Joined: 2002-04-06
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 9:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

As far as Tupperware containers are concerned, one brand has rubber around the rim of the cover. I think it has a tighter seal than all-plastic containers, and it's really obvious when it's not closed tightly.
 
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DCexplorer
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Joined: 2003-08-21
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

So here's what I've learned, and thanks to all who've thrown in their .02˘ worth...

1. I like the $1.79 Army surplus containers, and while shipping is a little high, it still looks like the cheapest choice, if you order in quantity.

2. I saw the Lock 'N Lock containers at Target, and they look like they would be fairly weathertight with their special gasket seal, but Target, at least, didn't have any smaller ones. The medium and larger ones are the same size or larger than an ammo box. They don't look too "outdoorsy" like ammo boxes, but their see-through nature would be good for high-traffic parks to prevent misunderstandings with the local bomb squad...

3. The Lexan container linked above is $15+ U.S. dollars. Bigger ones cost more. Too much $$$ unless you need to protect your iPod while kayaking...

4. People like the idea of PVC tube caches, but for practical purposes, they seem to have too many problems with opening and closing easily.
 
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DCexplorer
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:10 pm Reply with quote Back to top

As far as an alternative to PVC tubes, here's a link to this 3"diameter x 9" long fuse canister.

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http://www.omahas.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=6_82&products_id=573&osCsid=07a5c282c9da15c09269c65ab05934e8

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Originally held the sub assembly for an MK-72 prozimity fuze. All steel with gasket screw-on lid, makes this handy container sturdy and waterproof. 3"diameter x 9" long. Great for storing a variety of essentials. Also makes a great noise maker. Just drop in a couple of steel ball bearings and shake up a storm at the next sporting event. Used-good condition.
 
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rogheff
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:55 pm Reply with quote Back to top

we like using 1 gallon or 1.5 gallon water jugs by rubbermaid or thermos. Heavy plastic and waterproof. Oh, and weasy to open. I have yet to see water problems in them. We buy them for $1.50 at the thrift shops.
 
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