Raw Materials: the Notorious Pool Noodle
Living in Florida, it’s warm here most of the year so the season to buy equipment for the swimming pool is pretty much year-round. Elsewhere in the country though, you can generally expect pool supplies and pool toys are only available seasonally. So as summer winds down, it might be time to go to Walmart and pick up a couple foam pool floats.
The reason I like these things is because they are easily cut with a sharp utility knife, they can be used as padding for all kinds of different things, and of course, they’re cheap. I have seen the larger diameter version of these used with a slice down the center, mounted on a partially opened car window in order to serve as a soft surface on which to rest a camera body or large camera lens for photography from a moving vehicle. It certainly makes a lot more sense than trying to hand hold a large camera lens in the air while traveling down the road. The smaller diameter pool noodles are generally what I buy and I cut them up for all sorts of different purposes. So rather than go into a lot of detail of a particular project, I thought I would let Cheap Shots readers know about the material and let you invent your own uses for it.
Let me know what you come up with. There might just be something in it for you. Have a great week, see you Wednesday.