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Used Tennis Nets Make Great Retainers
George Pinkerton uses old tennis nets from city recreation departments to hold cargo in truck boxes. He cuts them at the center point, removes the steel cable, and reattaches them lengthwise to make cargo nets.
  “I’ve made 6 or 7 of them over the years,” says Pinkerton. “Usually, you don’t even have to tie them down. Just drape them over what you’re hauling, and the air moves right through the netting.”
  Pinkerton uses them to hold down garbage bags. He says they really come in handy to haul loose leaves to the compost site. A former Beatrice, Neb. city parks manager, he now manages a non-profit group in Lincoln, Neb.
  “We take care of downtown Lincoln’s garbage and landscaping maintenance needs,” says Pinkerton. “We haul leaves to the compost site and haul compost back. The nets are easier to use than tarping.”
  If you don’t have access to used tennis nets locally, Pinkerton suggests contacting repurposedMaterials. They offer a variety of repurposed netting starting at 15¢/sq. ft. (ph 303 321-1471; www.repurposedmaterialsinc.com).
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Downtown Lincoln Association, 206 S. 13th St., Suite 101, Lincoln, Neb. 68508 (ph 402 441-0020; gapinkerton@downtownlincoln.org).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2