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PostPosted: Jun 27th, '12, 06:39 
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Looking good! :headbang:

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Don't assume that since they're not in the store they are free for the taking - good idea to ask. We used to stack milk crates in back of a grocery when I was a kid but the dairy wanted them back, the store just didn't have the space to keep them inside.


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I always ask first..... and they are happy to have them gone... some have been sitting there for a year

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Ours are actually labeled with stuff like "always remains the property of dairy farmers australia"


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I always ask first..... and they are happy to have them gone... some have been sitting there for a year


I figured you did. That earlier post about them being tossed and not re-used, got me thinking someone might get in trouble if they hooked into the wrong pile 8)


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I got my last ones from a dumster there was 30 or so in it most were well weathered

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I like progress, even if its just a little.... got really hot today... going to be hotter by saturday.....100 degrees (37.7c)

Got the long sides completed.... now have to clear coat them and then assemble them
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Starting to tie the milk crates together.... using nylon ties... quick and easy......
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When they are all tied together, they are much easier to handle.. will wrap them last...
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Starting to add the fill tube... I had a section of 4" drain pipe (101mm) I have a cap for it as well.....Im just going to tie it to the top of the crate.... dont need to put a hole in the crate as I see it....
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have a lot of pieces of EPDM liner laying around ..so thought I would use it to help keep the sand out of the crates... marked the outline of the pipe, cut the hole smaller and pulled it down over the tube which helps to seal it......will place the ground cover under the rubber and the weight of the fill will keep it there....

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getting close to adding the liner and getting this thing up and running... hopefully by the end of next week....

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Looks great.

Will you be using gravel at all JT or just sand in the bottom part?

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I will be using sand.... it seems the smaller the spaces between the media, the better the wicking effect....

my dirt depth will be right at 304 mm - 12" at the upper reach of wicking.....

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Looks very neat, excellent job my friend :thumbright:

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The heat has finally broken....

heat index was 112 degrees (44.4c) for the last couple days....

it's now back to just above normal... yeah.....

started sanding the wicking bed panels and got the first couple coats of an oil base
outdoor clear coat on them.....

hope to be putting the sand and topsoil in by the weekend..

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hey

not sure why my post posted twice.... moderator if you could erase the second one

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Looks great JT. I wish I could find a dairy with some of those milk crates they want to get rid of. So far no luck. Keep up the good work :thumbright:


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