How to make a shepherds hook about one foot taller

Terry
by Terry
  5 answers
  • Charline Charline on Apr 11, 2018

    We had one in our back yard that was attatched to a block of wood buried in the ground..it was fastened to the block using u shaped nails. We needed ours raised so we could hang our bug zapper higher off the ground. Hope this helps.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 11, 2018

    Hello! I understand why you might want to do that. Although I’ve never made a shepherd’s hook taller, the first thing that came to mind was PVC pipe. Why not take two sections of PVC pipe and stick the bottom two pieces of the shepherd’s hook into them? The pipe comes solid or hollow in many different lengths and you can find them anywhere ranging from Walmart to Lowe’s. They are very inexpensive. Good luck!

  • Larry wallace Larry wallace on Apr 11, 2018

    Buy a new one that's taller. seriously unless you have an extension welded on almost anything else you do to extend it probably won't be as strong. they have several variety's at the Tractor Supply store for $20.00.

  • Ron28750861 Ron28750861 on Apr 12, 2018

    Find a taller shepherd to hold it.

  • Len Len on May 20, 2020

    Depending on how much you want to extend the height of your shepherds hook, you can use the following as a general guideline. In this example we will extend the height by an additional two feet.


    1. Dig a hole 2 feet deep and approximately 12 to 18 inches wide.
    2. Once the hole is dug, insert a 4 feet long by 8 inch wide concrete form tube into the hole and then back-fill the hole around the outside of the tube to keep it from moving. You will now have 2 feet of tube buried in the ground and the remaining 2 feet standing above ground level.
    3. Using a ‘quick set’ concrete for fence posts, pour your freshly mixed concrete into the tube and fill it flush to the top.
    4. Once filled, take a rubber mallet or a scrap block of wood and gently but firmly tap all around the outside of the exposed portion of the form tube to ensure that the any air pockets in the concrete are removed. This should not take longer than two or three minutes of tapping.
    5. Ensure that the concrete at the top of the form tube is flush with the top of the tube and has a flat surface. Now take your shepherd hook and stick it into the center of the form tube just deep enough to cover the ‘h’ shaped ground anchor at the base of the shepherds hook.
    6. Once you have buried the ‘h’ shaped ground anchor into the concrete, Ensure that the shepherds hook is plumb (i.e. Standing straight and not leaning)
    7. Quick setting concrete will begin to harden within 5 to 10 minutes after being poured so you can either continue to hold the shepherds hook in place for a few minutes or use something to brace it so that it does not move until the concrete hardens enough to hold the shepherds hook in place.
    8. Within a couple of hours you can remove the exposed portion of the form tube using a a sharp knife or similar cutting tool. Once cut you can just peel it away from your newly formed concrete pillar.
    9. now you can hang whatever you wish on your newly elevated and permanently secured shepherds hook.