Friday, October 9, 2009

HeadHardHat's EVIL Ant Hill Geocache

First and foremost I have to give credit to one of our GeoSnippits viewers TheWhiteCroe, who took me down this EVIL path by giving me the suggestion to see if a fake rock could be made out of bondo. I will be sending him an Official GeoSnippits pathtag for the suggestion.

It all came out of trying to prototype the geocache in the first place. I started out very similar to how it is described in the video. I simply made some bondo and poured it out on top of the 35mm container. I observed how quickly the bondo started to harden so I started piling it up on top of itself. Before I knew it I had that same shape you see out of the Close Encounters movie. It certainly didn't look like a rock. In fact it looked more like a dog turd but I wanted to see how the textured spray paint was going to look so I painted it anyways. After it dried I looked at it again and the light stone paint looked a lot more like sand than anything. Then it popped in my brain, "well that looks a whole lot like an ant hill..."

So after trying a couple of different stone colors I was really pleased with the results. The rest is now history and my EVIL Ant Hill made from bondo is out in the world. The video wasn't out more than a couple of minutes before the comments started pouring in. One suggestion was to use a nano instead of a 35mm container to make it even smaller. I just love how the main template of an idea comes out and people use their own ideas to make it better. All I can say is go for it.

I had a blast making this video and inventing the Ant Hill Geocache, now back to making that geocache look like a rock. Where did I put that bondo?

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

GeoSnippits How To Make Your Own PVC Water Main Geocache

I don't know why I like making unusual geocache hosts out of PVC but I do know it is a whole lot of fun. This next example came to me while doing my normal walk through at the hardware store. I was thinking about how to make a really nice hide that would be very much waterproof.

While strolling down the plumbing area I noticed the water main shutoff and the inspiration hit me. I have not seen this particular type of geocache before and even though the cost is a bit more this time the results I think are well worth it. Below is the list of items you are going to need to make this amazing geocache. It is not the only way you can construct it. If you have better ideas of what you want to do with the initial design then go for it. You are only limited by your own imagination.

HHH's PVC Water Main Geocache

1 - 2" Water Main Valve ($13.00US)
2 - 2" Male Connectors ($2.50 US each)
2 - 2" Elbow Joints ($2.50 US each)
1 - Small Pill Holder (metal). These can be found at any pharmacy for about $5.00US
1 - Log Sheet small enough to fit in pill holder.
2 - Tent or Yard Stakes
PVC glue

Well that's about it.. Enjoy this little creation of mine and have fun watching the video. If you have any questions, comments, etc. then by all means, send me an email.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

GeoSnippits Make Your Own PVC Hydrant Geocache

The latest GeoSnippits Geocaching Tutorial Video went live on You Tube.

This episode entitled "GeoSnippits Make Your Own PVC Hydrant Geocache" is a How To tutorial which gives you step by step instructions on making your own geocache out of some PVC pipe and other knick knacks found at your local hardware store.

Also featured in this episode is the introduction to Emily the GeoPuppy who tests to make sure the hydrant geocache is up to puppy snuff.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Unique Geocache Container

Indeed the title says it all on this cool geocache container.. Check out the video created by Chris Pine:

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Making Your Own Geocache Series: Size Small

We had a lot of fun making this series and this episode will be very informative to many of new geocachers. It shows you how to choose, cammi, fill with swag and hide a small sized geocache. The tutorial gives hints on how to and how NOT to hide geocaches. Enjoy.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

How To Make Your Own 35mm Geocache Containers Tutorial Video

I woke up this morning with about ten different ideas for what I wanted to do for my next GeoSnippits Tutorial Video. I reached over and started reading my emails via my blackberry phone. Isn't technology wonderful?

One of the first was an email from a very fine grandfather known as obxnomad a.k.a. Bob.
He mentioned how his grandson and he loved watching GeoSnippits and reading my blog. He also mentioned how it would be great if I made a tutorial on how to put together and place a geocache. It took me about half a second to think of how I would do it and what a great suggestion that it was. Needless to say thanks to Bob our latest and greatest GeoSnippits is now live on youtube.

Here it is:

I liked the idea so much that I have decided to do an entire series based on the viewpoint of putting out each size of geocache for the first time. In this video we concentrate on 35mm containers. We show how to cammi them up and some great suggestions on where to hide them in the wild. The next video will be on the small size but instead of concentrating more on the making of the geocache (which we will go over) but instead we will focus on finding good places to hide that size geocache. As we progress up through the sizes you will gain more and more information until you are a well informed geocacher.

You can look forward to the future episodes in the weeks to come. Keep checking on our GeoSnippits website at, this blog or on youtube.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

GeoSnippits: How To Paint Geocaching Ammo Boxes

We have so many ideas for doing different types of HowTo tutorials for GeoSnippits we can hardly contain ourselves. Today is an absolutely glorious day outside and the first thing I though of was "Lets make a video on painting Ammo Boxes!", yeah I am a little strange that way but I have been asked by so many to do this particular GeoSnippits I just had to. Besides it was finally back in the upper 60s and the paint would dry the way it was supposed to.

Here is the end result and we hope it provides information to you and inspires the makings of your own geocache.

What you will need to paint your own Ammo Box Geocache:
  • At least one ammo box (any size) - you can get them at just about any Army Surplus store.

  • Cleaning materials to insure box does not have any dirt or rust.

  • Primer spray paint - preferably a color that will blend to the surroundings of the hide.

  • Secondary paint - (optional) - Used to two tone the geocache and help hide it in surroundings. We recommend a textured paint for added effect.

  • Stencil and contrast spray paint - All geocaches need to be labeled. Using our stencil approach gives you an option for correctly marking your geocache ammo box.

Let us begin... Enjoy the tutorial.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

GeoSnippits Tutorial Video: Make Your Own GeoCache with PVC Pipe

One of my first posts on this blog was an article about how to make your own clever Geocache by using PVC pipe. I received many nice compliments about it so I decided it was time to make the tutorial into a full blown GeoSnippits video.

This two parter shows you step by step instructions on how to make a cache in a cache which looks like a water or air drainpipe.

If you want a quick list of what you will need so you can follow along, use this:

PVC Drainpipe Geocache:

1 1.5" PVC pipe (8" - 12" long works best)
1 1.5" PVC elbow joint
1 1.5" Test Cap
Epoxy or other strong glue (don't use Krazy Glue)

1 35mm film container
2 to 5 1" circular magnets
Heavy Duty Velcro

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Part Two:

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