Mighty Marker Mount Answers the Age-Old Question – Where The Hell Is My Driveway?

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We have a small piece of farm property south of Lake Erie, in an area designated by the professional weather-guessers to be within the “persistent snow band.” Anyone living in such an area is intimately acquainted with the sight of snowplows, snow blowers, show shovels, salt trucks, rusted vehicles as a result of the salt trucks, and, oh yeah…snow.

And the driveway is right…here…somewhere
The term “lake effect,” if you live in California or Texas, may conjure up images of cooling off on warm, sunny days, magnificent red sunsets and drinks on the dock. In the realm of the persistent snow band, however, we experience the TRUE meaning of the lake effect. In a frozen nutshell, it begins with frigid winds sent southward by our Canadian friends. En route, they pick up approximately five billion gallons of murky water from Lake Erie, freeze it, and dump it directly onto our roads, roofs, driveways, heads, and any other surface large enough to accommodate a snowflake.

Welcome to the Frozen Tundra

Mark it fast, before it disappears again!

Our place is on a dirt road, with a 750’ gravel driveway, which is flanked on both sides by hay fields. In spring, summer and fall, we can generally navigate the driveway without too much difficulty. In winter, however, with the hay mowed down and a foot or two (or four) of snow covering everything, the driveway could be just about anywhere. 

In winters past, my efforts to chart the driveway’s location consisted of sticking a 4’ fiberglass rod with a reflector on top into the ground near the driveway at 75’ intervals. These efforts met with mixed results, as the ground there is fairly hard (especially when it’s frozen because I waited too long to install the markers — hey, who knew it was gonna get COLD in December…).

No four wheel drive? Don’t even try…

The markers that WOULD go in seldom took root in a pleasing, perfectly vertical fashion (picture a short, extremely skinny Leaning Tower of Pisa topped with a cracked blue plastic reflector). The markers that WOULDN’T go in got the persuader treatment, aka the hammer, which generally ended badly, with splintered fiberglass and shards of shattered blue plastic strewn around the yard. A week later, half of the reflectors would be face down on the ground, either blown over by the gentle Lake Erie breeze or knocked over by vicious, malevolent deer.

A Colorful, Multi—M’d Solution

The Mighty Marker Mount, in hi-vis orange and summery green…
This year, in an attempt to provide a longer-lasting guide for our snow plowing, I purchased a ten-pack of Mighty Marker Mounts (MMMs), in a stylish shade of orange. (It’s also available in green, for summer use). Mighty Marker Mount, contrary to what you might think, is NOT a huge hill where they make Sharpies; the Mighty Marker Mount is actually a MIGHTY piece of plastic formed into a stake shape, where you securely MOUNT your MARKER. It has a reflective strip around it, so in the summer you can remove the reflector posts and still navigate your driveway at a high rate of speed, reenacting a scene from Tokyo Drift.

The MMM folks developed the product because they were tired of losing THEIR driveways, and having THEIR reflectors (and lawns) mangled by errant snowplows. Their website has a short video relating how it all came to pass…

Staking Out My Turf

Ready to mount my markers, Mighty style…
Installing the MMMs in mid-December, in semi-frozen ground, was a piece of cake. The mounts are very sturdy, and have a large, 2” striking surface, which you can whack a helluva lot harder than you can a ¼” piece of fiberglass rod, trust me. I used a rubber mallet, as recommended, and the mounts went in easily, and were WAY closer to vertical than my typical marker insertion. After banging each one in, I just slid the reflector post into the center, where it fit snugly, and faster than a snow squall, it was on to the next. The whole process was completed in just a few minutes, and, barring a malevolent Bambi attack, are much more likely to still be in place next time I look. In the spring, when it’s time to start mowing, I’ll just pull them up, throw ‘em in a box in the barn, and be good to go.

Locked and loaded
The mounts are about 10 ½” long; the underground portion is just over 6”. According to the manufacturer, the Mighty Marker Mount was designed to work with a variety of commonly available property markers, including nearly all fiberglass reflective markers. Its built-in gripping channels allow it to work with driveway markers of varying diameter. For those who want to mark their driveways year-round, the green version blends in pretty well with the lawn (once you remove the 4’ reflector rod), and the 360º reflective strip helps to keep you on the proper glide path.

My turf is MARKED!
The Mighty Marker Mount is available directly from the Mighty Marker Mount Makers. (They hope to have the product on retail shelves by winter of 2013). The company is a small, women-owned business located in New Hampshire. The initial batch of 1,000 units was manufactured in China, but the mold is now back in the US of A. The owners are in the process of selecting an injection molder, and all further product will be proudly made in the U.S. The cost is roughly $5 each, and shipping is free if you spend $25 or more. It’s a well-designed, durable-feeling product, and if you are a fellow resident of the persistent snow band, or you just want to spiff up the edge of your driveway (or if you just like products with alliterative names), the Mighty Marker Mount will be an excellent reflection on you.

Bring on the snow and Bambis!
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About Phil

Phil’s path to the pinnacle of success as HomeFixated’s Senior Writer was long and twisted. At various stages of his life, he worked as a framing carpenter, attended motorcycle mechanics school, served as an Army MP, did a hot and itchy stint installing insulation in Phoenix, owned and operated a small contracting firm doing residential renovations, and worked as an employee of a major airline (Motto: We’re not happy ‘til YOU’RE not happy). He is currently semi-retired, but continues to take on little projects, such as the total renovation of an old farmhouse. Yes, he is a slow learner. Future projects include a teardown restoration of his 1965 BMW motorcycle, and designing and building a kick-ass playhouse for his grandsons. Phil loves spending time outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, cool tools, and a cold IPA when beer o'clock rolls around.

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7 thoughts on “Mighty Marker Mount Answers the Age-Old Question – Where The Hell Is My Driveway?”

  1. With the ground so flat it looks like the perfect opportunity to just put the truck in 4wd and hoon across the lawn making a new driveway with every pass.

    Getting back to the point of your post though the mounts look great, very sturdy. Do they retain the markers or did the force of the plow pushing snow pull the markers out of the holder?

    • Yeah, we actually HAVE made a new driveway or two while trying to guess the approximate location of the REAL driveway. Not so bad, ’til the snow melts, and the edges of the driveway look like a monster truck rally track…So far, after several plowings, all the markers have remained upright and on the job. These things are a simple product designed to do a simple job, and they do it well.

      • As a follow-up, it is now mid-April, and for the first time, ALL our reflectors are still standing. Three or four rotated in the mounts a little, either from the gentle Lake Erie breeze, from snow tossed up by the plow, or possibly by marauding Bambis trying to scratch an itch. Otherwise all standing tall and straight. Hopefully we won’t have TOO much more snow this year, although it was in the 30’s yesterday…damn global warming!

    • Okay, a RELATIVELY small piece of land, for farm country…it’s 25 acres, just big enough to accomodate my antisocial tendencies ;] No shortage of projects there, either, which is helpful in that I never have to worry about what to do in my spare time.

  2. Wow and we thought the snow here in the UK was bad at the moment! Never have to take precautions like this though…. 1 inch of snow here and the country comes to a grinding halt!

    • The same thing happens here, in Florida or Arizona, when they get a freak storm. They don’t have the equipment or the experience to deal with it, so everyone spends a day or so crashing into each other. The smart ones take a snow day, stay home, and make a snowman in the yard…


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