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Old January 23, 2016   #31
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I'm especially interested in following your posts because of the similar zones we are in. Not too many CA members here post as informatively with descriptions and photos as you do, so it is very helpful. I like to try what others have found to be tasty and productive and it helps if they have similar conditions like mine--mild and dry (so far, El Nino has visited only the northern part of our state).
Many of the varieties you have picked seem to be of Russian origin. What influenced your decision and are these first-timers for you?
Thanks Gerardo!
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Old January 23, 2016   #32
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Sounds good peebee, glad I can help.

I chose the Warsaw pact ones because I figure my least favorable months mimic their springs/late falls, so I'm hoping I can find a few gems.

The aim is to adjust the population of my garden (cold tolerant vs heat tolerant) so that I can harvest tomatoes year round, and hopefully sacrifice only a little flavor. A good candidate has been Titan Red, as you can see from the previous pics, its been setting fruit during relatively cold evenings.

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Old January 23, 2016   #33
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Default Hybrid RGGS day 1

Some progress today.

The plan is to have 4 of these in series. Thank the deities for quick release mandrels and uniseals. So far so good.

Tomorrow I build a 2nd .

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Old January 24, 2016   #34
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Very nice, I want to build a RGGS this year as well. Yours is like what I envisioned.

Oh and if you paint those baskets they will last better. Krylon has a good spray paint for plastic.
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Old January 24, 2016   #35
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Very nice, I want to build a RGGS this year as well. Yours is like what I envisioned.

Oh and if you paint those baskets they will last better. Krylon has a good spray paint for plastic.
THanks for the tip. Here's one back, make sure you have the drill in the reverse setting, otherwise it's no fun. And chalk line is a must.

Off to the hydro store to get a few things and my free sunday worm tea.
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There is another brand that now makes a plastic paint too that works pretty good.

What is up with the busted cinder blocks.

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Old January 24, 2016   #37
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THanks for the tip. Here's one back, make sure you have the drill in the reverse setting, otherwise it's no fun. And chalk line is a must.

Off to the hydro store to get a few things and my free sunday worm tea.
I say is that worm tea Tequila or something else that had a worm at the bottom that I brought back from Mexico?

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I have another tip for drilling those holes if I may.
If you have access to angle iron or if you can screw 2 2X4's together to make right angles you can set the pipe in it and clamp it down.
This is what you call a V-Block.
It is how I line up pipe to weld and what I use on the drill press to hold down round objects.
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What did you use to attach the water supply tubing to the end cap and float valve?
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THanks for the tip. Here's one back, make sure you have the drill in the reverse setting, otherwise it's no fun.
Using a hole saw without having the handle on the drill to brace it with your other hand is dangerous. It's a good way to break a wrist. Be careful.
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I say is that worm tea Tequila or something else that had a worm at the bottom that I brought back from Mexico?

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Back from the states. I forgot my container so no worm tea. It's the hydro store's lure to get you in there. Theirs is heavy on the Orca Mycorrhyzae products and all the plants enjoy it.
A simple rule to save your liver and eyesight is if the mezcal has a worm in it you probably don't want to drink it. So watch out Carolyn, using a walker and eating the worm = danger Will Robinson.

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There is another brand that now makes a plastic paint too that works pretty good.

What is up with the busted cinder blocks.

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I have another tip for drilling those holes if I may.
If you have access to angle iron or if you can screw 2 2X4's together to make right angles you can set the pipe in it and clamp it down.
This is what you call a V-Block.
It is how I line up pipe to weld and what I use on the drill press to hold down round objects.
Worth
Great idea Worth. I have a large workbench set up to handle most things, it just doesn't handle 10 ft lengths of tube well. It's actually Pops' workbench, so that's why you see the vintage tools being put to good use. I made it pretty snug for the tube by nailing those 4 temporary pieces across the whole thing. So it wasn't moving around at all. I made it a point to pick out tubes that were straight. If I come back with anything construction related that is warped or, full of knots, etc, I get an earful. I have to admit its made me into a good building materials shopper, and it does save me some work later.

cinder. I was hammering in some long nails and I guess they're living up to their name, as they were labeled "bloque económico," a good 40% less than the "bloque estándard." Then again, they were designed to be used in the other direction....

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What did you use to attach the water supply tubing to the end cap and float valve?
Many ways to skin a cat, I went the uniseal route, with a threaded nipple right through it. If you get the float valve female threaded you can go into it directly with the nipple, and on the other end screw in something that'll receive a hose. I'll take some pics later, since plumbing things are much easier visually than verbally (at least for me). I'm sure others will chime in with different solutions. I recommend the uniseals based on simplicity alone.

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Using a hole saw without having the handle on the drill to brace it with your other hand is dangerous. It's a good way to break a wrist. Be careful.
Yes. The teeth dig into plastic like crazy and come to a dead stop, the torque is immediately transferred up and into your wrist. A true test of ligament strength and trigger finger reflex speed indeed!
In the reverse setting, the teeth barely nibble and you can control it with minimal effort. Quick release mandrel makes it a breeze to take apart and pull out the PVC disc. Like reloading an old musket or something along those lines.
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I've had an old LS Starret quick release mandrel for years.
Very expensive and worth every penny, I don't know how many mandrels I have.
If yours is LS Starret don't lose it.
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Old January 25, 2016   #43
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Worth: My mandrel is run of the mill, seems to be ok. I just realized I never answered the roof question, access open to all tenants. Naughty teenagers notwithstanding, everyone is cool and the children haven't been harmed...yet.

I'm gonna take over part of the stairway w some dwarfs and compact ind to see how it goes. Railing should do just fine as support. I'll get some saucers soon. If it drips it'll hit my car so no big deal.

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Old January 26, 2016   #44
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You might like this.
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My eyes have been opened to the portability of dwarfs, I will dot the open landscape with these bad boys.
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