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 Post subject: Re: arbe's system
PostPosted: Dec 15th, '10, 14:59 
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Gday arbe
iv got a small arc welder if you want to borrow it

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 Post subject: Re: arbe's system
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Wolly - I will have to take you up on that offer.

Some pics of the improvements I have made to the shade house.
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You can (hopefully) see the new method of mounting used. Previously it was mounted under the eaves (you will see a conduit strap/bracket still there as I have striped the head of the screw and haven't removed it yet)

I ended up installing 6 rafter bolts and connecting some treated pine to the facia and then using the 32mm conduit braket/strap to hold the 25mm PVC T-Pieces to the pine.

It works a treat as we had some strong easterlies again overnight. I never heard a noise from it (it used to groan and creak) and it was still standing (previously it may have inverted)

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Redesign time. Just purchased a new fish tank - See here.

The IBCs I originally planned to use as a fish tank and sump will now be joined together to make one large sump.

Have my friend coming over on the weekend to finish welding up the grow bed frames - finally some more progress.

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:) Good stuff arbe :thumbleft:

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Got the tank home on Saturday and cleaned it out with the assistance of my son.
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Most of the pond scum came off with a broom. The more stubborn 'stains' with a weak solution of bleach and a scrubbing brush.

About an hour and a half later the tank (or swimming pool as everyone else likes to call it) was rinced out on the back lawn and was as good as new.

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Today saw the tank located to its new location - behind the garage, under the 'shade house'.
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I drained all the rain water I had collected (about 2000 litres worth) into it and hardly made a 'dent'. I dont think we much rain soon so I will have to get the hose out. Before that happens I am going to have to make a cover - can any one point me to any threads on here with some tank cover designs?

I have also placed the grow beds in their positions:
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Now all I need is for my mate to come over and weld up the frames so I can complete the system - may have to find someone else me thinks - been trying to get him here since before Christmas.

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Nice new setup.
What kind of dog, looks cool?


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Nice new setup.
What kind of dog, looks cool?


Thanks JD.

The dog is a Red Cloud Kelpie X.

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The tank certainly makes use of that space :D

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And it's good to see you using child labour... I mean... instilling the necessary work ethic... :mrgreen:


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The tank certainly makes use of that space :D


With the added bonus of stopping the dog from getting into the garage - which makes it easy when getting in and out with the car - although she is a smart dog I dont want to risk her being injured.

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And it's good to see you using child labour... I mean... instilling the necessary work ethic... :mrgreen:


He was the first one in! He is always willing to give his mum and I a hand around the house.

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The tank certainly makes use of that space :D


With the added bonus of stopping the dog from getting into the garage - which makes it easy when getting in and out with the car - although she is a smart dog I dont want to risk her being injured.



I'm hearing ya

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Ray,

Id offer to come over and weld for you but been very hectic, on thursday this week I will know how the weekends going to be.... I will let you know if you want.


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im home now you can use my welder Ray without any time line just drop around and pick it up


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OK - I now have Red Beard's welder and I gave it a crack the other night when I got home from work on some scrap. Not a bad job (if I do say so myself), not the neatest job but not the worst I have seen either. BTW I have only ever had a crack with a mig about 10 years ago so welding is new to me.

Will be aiming to complete the grow bed stands on the weekend and will post pics when complete.

Now I have that part under control I have been thinking about the plumbing side of things.

I am planning a CHIFTPIST system.

Currently the tank I have has a 40mm hole cut with a fitting through it, however many people suggest putting as large as possible so I am thinking 90mm - where do I get a fitting to go through the tank wall for that? So far my searches have failed to return anything.

Next thing is a pump. I have been looking at the Grunfos and the Pondmax. Additionally there is the one rkdraft has for sale here

What are peoples suggestions/comments/ideas?

@adrianwith6 - thanks for the offer. You are too kind.

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