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How to Run a Timed Plant Watering System for Starting Saplings
Brian starting seeds, wants pole barn to harvest water, needs to automate to water
Scenario 1 (Best and easiest)
- Run waterhose from house to bed
- Place timer at your home tap going to hose
- Elevate your totes off the ground, just under the gutters of the pole barn.
- Catch rain in gutters that drain into totes
- Place timer on bottom of the totes that open and gravity feed to the bed
- If you do this, don’t use a sprinkler system, use a drip system
Scenario 2 Electrical setup
- 12v 8AH SLA (sealed lead acid) battery for holding power
- Sunforce 7 Amp Charge Controller
- Renogy 10 Watt Photovoltaic Solar Panel
- Docooler Mini Micro Brushless Water Oil Submersible Pump (5W)
- If nighttime came and never showed day again, the pump could continuously run for 19.2 hours
- Which you will not
- It will take about 10 hours of sunlight to charge the battery fully
- Woods 50015 Outdoor 7-Day Heavy Duty Digital Outlet Timer for the pump
Alternate setup to remove electrical costs
- Orbit 62061N-91213 Single Dial Water Timer
- 4000 on and off cycles per 2 AA batteries
- Use Enloop Batteries to have recharge capability.
- Use this setup, off of a water hose. When you expand your operation, you may want to so some more permanent piping.
Another thing to Consider
- Elevate your bed that you will be starting seeds in
- Let bed overflow into another tank to reclaim what overflowed in the bed
- Similar to a hydroponics setup
- Could run a pump to recirc back into the top tank if you wanted a closed system with rain makeup
How to Make a Candle out of an Altoids Tin or Nivea Tin
- Martin asked a question about making a candle in an Altoids tin.
Melt the Wax for the Candle
- Use Paraffin wax or Bees wax for your candle
- Melt the wax in an old soup can or a pot
- If you want to color your wax, you can melt crayon wax into the pot with the wax
Make Some Wicks for Your Candle
- While wax is melting, you need pure cotton twine or some tea candle wicks
- Just remove metal and wick from tealights
- If possible, go ahead and prep your wick by coating it in wax, but this step isn’t necessary.
- Glue tealight wicks to bottom of altoids tin so they stay in place when you put the wax in
- If using cotton twine, or a wick without a base, just build a small stand you can tie the wick to above the tin to hold it vertical
- I would recommend about 3-4 wicks in the tin so you have the ability to use all the wax when burning… not to burn them all at once.
- Cut the wicks flush with the top of the altoids tin.
Pour The Wax into the Altoids Tin
- Pour the melted wax into the altoids tin taking care to leave the wicks where they are meant to be.
- Before the wax solidifies, you can make some adjustments to the wick position.
Solidify the Wax
- Place the Tin in the freezer
- Solidify faster
- Candles burn more evenly
Add “The Extras”
- Take two old cardboard match books and glue them to the lid of the Altoids tin, and you will have a way to light the candle.
- The tins stack well for long term storage
Interview with Todd Jarrett (Audio Skipped ALOT… Sorry)
- Things to practice to get motor skills for drawing firearm under stress
- Todd Jarretts preferences in a firearm
- Why a laser is important on a firearm
- The responsibility of using a firearm