Here's a DYI stakeout pole that I've made & used. It's simple to build, reasonably priced and works.
- 3/4" PVC pipe cut to length (4', 5', 6', 8'- depends on what works for you. I like 5 ft.)
- Wooden dowel sized to fit inside the PVC (same length as your PVC).
- 3/4" PVC "T" and 2 End Caps (use these to form a handle for the top of the stakeout pole)
- PVC Primer & Glue
- Silicone Glue
- JB Weld SteelStik Epoxy Putty Stick (am sure there's cheaper alternatives to this but this works)
- Dowel Screw (see link below)http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-3-16-in-15-tpi-x-3-in-Zinc-Plated-Dowel-Screw-3-Pack-809231/204808501
(1) Determine the length stakeout pole you want & cut 3/4" PVC pipe to length.
(2) Cut the wooden dowel 1/2" shorter than the 3/4" PVC pipe. (You will want some space ("void") at the bottom of your stakeout pole to leave room for the tip that you'll make out of the JB SteelStik and the Dowel Screw.)
(3) Drill a 1" pilot hole in the bottom of the wooden dowel making sure that the hole is smaller than the diameter of the Dowel Screw. (You want to drill a smaller pilot hole to prevent the spitting of the wooden dowel.)
(4) Using vice grips screw the Dowel Screw about 1" into the pilot hole. (You can fine tune the ultimate length of the Screw sticking out of the wooden dowel later but for now leave about 2 inches hanging out.)
(5) Place silicone glue around the wooden dowel and slide it up into the 3/4" PVC pipe. (I used silicone glue to bond the wooden dowel to the PVC to give it more strength. Also the cured silicone glue remains a little pliable so it allows the stakeout pole to flex a little when you're using it.)
(6) Make sure that the top of the dowel is flush with the top of the PVC pipe and then let the silicone glue cure for a few hours.
(7) Use the PVC primer & glue to bond the End Caps onto the PVC "T" to for the handle. Then bond the handle to the top of the PVC pipe.
(8) At this point you will have the body of your stakeout pole - with a "T" handle on one end and a Dowel Screw point on the other end.
(9) Adjust the Dowel Screw to the desire length to make a point. (I left my dowel screw sticking out about 1 inch from the end of the stakeout pole.)
(10) Mix enough JB SteelStik and fill the void in the bottom of the stakeout pole. (Basically covering the wooden dowel and filling in the "void" around the Dowel Screw.
(11) Mix enough JB SteelStik to mold a point at the end of the stakeout pole. (You are forming a point from the end of the stakeout pole and the tapering to a point at the tip of the Dowel Screw.)
(12) You can paint is as desired. You can add a lanyard. You can add a section of small pool noodles to make it float.
Hope this helps!