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PostPosted: Jun 16th, '12, 10:31 
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I find using a big hammer and a short crowbar with curved ends on it works really well dissembling pallets. Then I cut the sharp side of the nails off with an angle grinder and cutting disc.


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hey...

sounds like it works....

I just pound the head of the nail down through the board and it comes right off... no cutting, just have to sand the back side as it does pull some of the fiber out....

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Well, getting close to starting construction....

I will be replacing my dirt garden with 12-14 wicking beds.... yeah no more weeds LOL

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Question:

I know that pool liners are not good for aquaponics setups... because of the acidic water....
and the plasticisers can leach out into the water...

but can you use pool liners in wicking beds, especially if not using AP water to fill them?

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I have used black platic which concretors use as a base under the concrete, and the fact of no more weeds :laughing3: is about all I can say

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thanks

if you saw my dirt garden, lots of weeds in a raised wicking bed would be like a drop of water in a 100 gal tank :cheers:

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Definately better on the back I will agree

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some pool liners have algeacide products in the make up, which can be harmful to fish - not an issue for wicking beds :thumbleft:

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a little progress is better than no progress....

did a little rototilling to get the weeds out of the way...

will be putting down some old pool liner to eliminate any further growth....

this section is for the first 3 wicking beds...

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progress is slow as I'm trying to procure free stuff to build this wicking bed....

made some parts and modified the design a little ...

it's starting to take shape and looking like something

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File comment: End panels are ready, just need to lightly sand and clear coat, will be building the sides over the next few days.
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Your lucky with the crates, in Queensland the milk company owns them un to death and by law you can be charged if you posses them without a receipt

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they are left behind the stores all the time.... they pile up and the store owners would almost pay you to take them....

I'm also getting bread flats.... they are about 6" (15.25cm) tall and about the size of 4 crates, length and width....

I have only hit one store so far :cheers:

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Left here as well but collected each delivery, both milk and bread. Caught taking them and it is theft. Bl@@dy tempting some times.

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that's to bad... here in america.... they just toss them.. and make new ones.... what a waste, so I'm doing my part to recycle :headbang:

I'm going to need about 188 of them for all 12-13 beds..... maybe more... if I keep going
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Recycling is good best of luck and look forward to more photos as you proceed. Cheers

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