Introduction: How to Make a Filter for Garden Water
Im using water from inside the house to water the garden.
But the pipes, normal garden hoses, get blocked, especially
by the stuff from the washing machine. Here is how i avoid
getting my pipes blocked. I made a filter out of a tea strainer
and a tin.
Step 1: Lets Sift the Dirt!
The water from the house runs into a barrel, and before it reaches the garden hoses I decided to filter it. I found a tin, a normal chopped tomato tin, and a tea strainer that had similar measurements.
So i cut off the handle of the tea strainer.
Step 2: Here Comes the Tomato Tin
The thing with threads is the same dimension as the out-pipe in the water drum.
So I took a nail and a hammer and started making holes in a circle to the pipe can fit.
Step 3: Cutting the Hole
When I got a circle of holes I took a knife blade and used it as a chisel to cut between the holes, to make a (almost) circular hole.
Step 4: Cutting the Tin in Shape
When the hole is there I cut the ends of the tin off, to make the filter smaller than the size of the tin.
I used a grinder, but a knife or a scissor of some kind will also work.
Step 5: Shaping the Metal
I took a plier and bent the bottom part of the tin into a star shape.
This I learnt from another instructable when someone made a alcohol stove out of a coke tin.
When its happen as a star it becomes smaller than the top, so with the tea sifter in between you can squeeze the bottom and top part together.
Step 6: Heres the Filter!
Before I pushed the parts together with the tea sifter in between I put some glue on the edges just to make it tight. I used something called shoe glue, but I think any kind of glue is fine.
Step 7: Lets Put It to Use
I put the filter on the thread of the pipe that goes out from the garden drum.
I realised the hole was a little too big and not perfectly round, but i think some dirt is going to get stuck there eventually and make it tighter.
Step 8: Done!
The water comes in in the big pipe, and goes out through the filter.
The small pipe to the upper left is a hole in case the drum overflows
When the filter gets clogged I Brush it off with a broom.
I also put another hole in the bottom, which I sometimes open, and flush out the dirt with a garden hose.
Hope this helps someone!
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6 years ago
That's a neat way to fix it for cheap!
Reply 6 years ago
Thanks. Im not sure i would find a filter for a garden barrel, and if i do, I'm sure its expensive.