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PostPosted: Mar 18th, '12, 18:31 
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Having all the bits and pieces sitting in the driveway for the last couple of months I thought I better get started on the second system before my wife starts to complain about the 'mess'.

For those who have followed my other system build you will know that I not allowed to play this game if things look ugly. So the rules are, it needs to look good and fit in with the general look and feel of the backyard; it needs to be incorporated into the existing garden without removing any mature plants; it needs to be as functional as possible as well as being an aquaponics system; hopefully contect with the existing system; and "don't spend to much money".

The first thing I needed to do was to remove enough soil so I could sink the IBC down into the ground. The reason for this will become apparent as the build progresses.

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Oh the fun of burying an ibc :( Hope you have softer soil than we do here :thumbright:

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I've dug down nearly 500mm so the garden bed will need to be retained. Initially I've just put some cement sheeting down so the dirt doesn't collapse into the hole. This will be strengthened as the build continues.
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I also put a piece of aggie pipe down to allow for drainage under the IBC.

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A bit of reo and about 150mm slab of concrete

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The aggie pipe was cut flush with the concrete slab


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Time for the big test. Have I measured the IBC correctly!

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From the side you can see the height above the existing deck.

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Nice work Fordy!

Glad to see number 2 in process and hope it all goes well :thumbright:

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The new system is close enough to my first system. Once the plumbing starts I'll see if I can plumb them together

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So after two days I've made enough progress to get I reasonable idea of what this will look like when finished. The finish will be similar to my first system.

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Looking great

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looks good so far... and if the first is anything to go on then it will look amazing when finished!!

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Nice Fordy, can't wait to see the finished product.

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Another Sunday on the tools and things are beginning to take shape.

The frame around the system is nearly finished. It just needs a few more uprights and support under the GB. Then a coat of paint to protect against rust.

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As mentioned in a previous post I intend to link up the new system with the old system, so I have designed the new system to be the same height for both the GB and FT.

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(Macca gets his head in another shot!) I've got about 350mm between the bottom on the GB and the FT - plenty for a syphon system, and a storage cupboard.

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hey Fordy, Nice work so far....

- i think you should look at some type of support under the main section of the Growbed.. use some solid support..

how much volume does the growbed have...

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hey Fordy, Nice work so far....

- i think you should look at some type of support under the main section of the Growbed.. use some solid support..

how much volume does the growbed have...

Juergen

Thanks Juergen. I ran out of time today to finish the frame. There will eventually be enough support under the GB. Should be finished next weekend. The GB is 200lt


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Hey Fordy, I see your welder uses screws instead of welding rods :think: . Nice set up by the way :thumbright:


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Hey Fordy, I see your welder uses screws instead of welding rods :think: . Nice set up by the way :thumbright:


The tubing is only 1mm gauge. I had the welder out but the welding rods were just burning great holes in the tubing. No wire in the mig so out came the brackets and screws.


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