Don’t use coffee cans as base anchors. Round anchors have a better likelihood of spinning while in the ground. Instead, you can easily construct your own square ones. Here is a simple step-by-step method for building a set of base anchors.

Tools Needed:

  • Base anchors
  • Duct tape
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Scrap lumber- 2×4
  • Shovel
  • QUICKRETE
  • Wheelbarrow

Step 1:

Cut the scrap lumber into 8 to 12-inch pieces and build a simple square. Keep in mind this is not cabinet-grade carpentry.

Step 2: 

Tape the bottom of the anchors while mixing the QUICKRETE. Place an anchor in each form using a scrap piece of plywood as a base.

Step 3:

After the QUICKRETE cures (no more than 4 hours), remove the forms. Now, you have a new set of base anchors.