12 Hydroponics System Designs – One For Every Budget!

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Here are examples of hydroponics systems with enough variety that there's one for every budget and (almost) all of them have complete instructions.  (There are tips and knowledge links throughout and at the very bottom.) 1.  A nice setup using Rubbermaid tote.  The instructions have lots and lots of … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day 5

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Haul Gravel, Then Haul Some More We got a load of gravel - 10 cubic yards, which weighed in at about 14 1/4 tons according to the delivery driver. Of course the dump truck couldn't get all the way back to the hoop house, so we have been shoveling and hauling gravel for the last several  nights. … [Read more...]

Build A Solar Water Distiller

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You can thank me later, but know that I just watched over three butt-numbing hours of videos about building your own solar water distiller to find only this ONE (two part) video that seemed sufficiently informative. There may be some better ones out there, but I didn't find them. They each had a … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day Four

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Really it's about day 14, but this is only the fourth post, so we'll just count them that way. Spent the rest of the week - including the weekend - putting up the rest of the columns.  Also filled in all the columns with gravel to keep the gophers and squirrels from digging up through them.  T … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day Three

Just a real quick update.  Tonight after work, got three columns of concrete blocks up and filled in the holes in the previously done columns with gravel.  We have on our property a population of gophers and ground squirrels like we're raising them on purpose.  The entire floor of the hoop house had … [Read more...]

DIY Septic Cleanout Covers

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The cleanouts for our septic tank needed to be covered.  At least I think that's what these are - cleanouts for the pipes leading to the septic tank.  They need to be covered up so they are easy to get to if ever it is needed.  That's why they're there.  To clean out possible "sewage stoppages" - ugh … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day Two

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Well, since it was a work day, not as much got done as we might have accomplished on a weekend.  Plus, there was just one person working on it tonight. Decided to rename this whole thing "Aquaponics" rather than "Barrelponics" but not exactly sure why. It's kind of hard to see in the photo in the … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day One

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We saw an interesting article and set of instructions (look for download link later in this article) about a type of aquaponics called barrelponics, so we decided to add this to our growing list of projects and add a "barrelponics" system to our hoop house.  The photo here is representative of what … [Read more...]

Easy Method To Take Wood Pallets Apart – No Tools Required

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We have read many articles and watched many videos about taking wood pallets apart - all in hopes that we would find a method easier than the one we were already using.  Using free wood pallets to build furniture and other things is a very enticing prospect.  Of course, the easiest way to take apart … [Read more...]

15 Ideas For Using Free Harbor Freight Stuff

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Well, first off, if you didn't know about getting free stuff at Harbor Freight, we'll cover that briefly.  Harbor Freight puts out coupons like the example here (it's just an example, it can't actually be used) in all of their one page circulars.  We get these in the mail (they arrive at the same t … [Read more...]