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Old 07-17-2019, 11:54 PM
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my wife is blind and it is some work for her to lift each orchid and water it over a bucket to flush it. Plus she has a hard time keeping some of them in the pot that are freshly potted in bark. the s/h are even harder for her to to manage them and dump the dray and then flush them.
so I came up with full table trays. they have taped slots running to a hose fitting. I will run a tube out of the house and they can drain in the plant beds. I was going to have them drain in a bucked but it is hard for her to dump them when they get full and sometimes the dog will try to drink out of them and knock them over.
I made these out of spare material I have in my shop. I used a material called sintra of expanded pvc. it is a pvc foam board lighter then solid pvc and less expensive.
I wanted to do it all out of white sintra but I did not have enough for the edges. my wife won't notice and no one else would so all it cost me is some time and a couple tubes of silicone glue and some screws. I glued and screwed the edges on then sealed around them just to make sure. Now we can take the trays out and she can water them in place and flush them easier. I should have them installed this weekend. the largest one is about 8'x20"
one cool thingI can easily make and attach trellis to it s oI don't have to try to wire up pots.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:18 AM
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I'd like to see those in place. Keep us posted please.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:46 PM
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will do I should be able to put them in Saturday.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:27 AM
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I can't tell from the photos. Are the slots routed or milled into the material? The second photo seems to show material with no real edge thickness to it, but yet the drain hole seems to imply depth. Nice design.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:24 PM
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ya it was hard to get good pics. the base is 3/4" thick. I would have used 1/2" but someone years ago left the 3/4" the slots are tapered down to 5/8" depth with the end slot at 5//8" to the drain hole. when I got them home I glued in a barb fitting for the drain tubes. the edges are 1/2" thick. I was going to sue 1/4" but I was afraid my wife would accidentally break them. I did not have much of the sintra long enough for all the edges so the big one has acrylic edges and the others a mix of acrylic and sintra.
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They look nice. I too look forward to seeing them in place!
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:03 PM
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ok I have two of the 4 in place. I found my drill was too short to drill through both walls so I will get another one tomorrow. but I bucket will work till then. they work great. the top one drains into the lower one. though maybe I will use a t to connect them so my wife does not bump the hose. or fasten it down.
I thin kI will drill 1/4" holes to hold rods for a trellis.
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Very impressive!
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:37 AM
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this could easily be done with separate plant trays with a little effort it will make her life easier and she could have a few more plants.
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