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55 gallon barrels

Where can I purchase barrels for a floating dock that are priced reasonable?  I live in the country and don't have or know anyone to try to pick up barrels for free.  The prices are all over the place for plastic ones, so I thought someone who purchased them might give me a heads up where to purchase them. jdvallet@aol.com

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1 gallon cans

At my job we through out at least 200 1 gal. cans a week. I have some in the past to make bird feeders,put screws in etc... when my daughter was in 7th grade I used some to make stage lights for the drama club that included 2 sets of 4 lights each mounted on a 8 ft. black pipe stand .She is 18 now and they still use it. I am now starting to fix up my apartment and want to see if anybody has any ideas of what I could make from them,from lights to furniture. So show me what you got out there.

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Cleaning a 55 Gallon Drum?

Hey, I'm looking to build a rain barrel, and found out that my local car wash is willing to give me a 55 gallon drum. The thing is, I don't know what kind of soap they use (I would have asked, but the guy was impossible to understand) or how to clean it out. If anybody has experience in this, that'd be great!

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5 gallon bucket acoustics

Hello, I have made a bass out of a 5 gallon bucket and I was wondering how to improve acoustics without a microphone or sound system...

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5 Gallon Bucket Projects

I've seen several projects that incorporate 5 gallon buckets.  Has there ever been a contest for the best use of a bucket?

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free 5 gallon water jugs wanted

I am looking for anyone who has 5 gallon water jugs that they don't want/need in the georgia area

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15 litre/4 gallon water bottles

I have a lot of 15 litre/4 gallon empty, non-refillable water jugs. I keep searching, but, cannot find ways to use them. There are so many ways to use 2 litre pop bottles:  making nifty stuff, building green houses etc. Surely there are creative ways to use these. Can anybody help with ideas or maybe point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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Where can I get the blue 55 gallon drums? Answered

Where can I get the blue 55 gallon drums, like the ones people use for rain barrels?

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Converting gallones into litres for acquarium. Please, help.?

Hello everybody. I'm thinking about to make the Lava Rock acquarium bakground at https://www.instructables.com/id/Lava-Rock-Aquarium-Background/ . But when I want calculate the volume I have a problem with converting gallones into litres. Does somebody know If there are used the usual gallones (=4,55 litres) or american ones (=3,79 litres)?

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Arizona Ice Tea 1 gallon containers.

The Ice Tea in 1 Gallon plastic containers are Bake in. I am sure there is a way to remove the color. If anyone knows how to remove them please let me know.

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plans for a gallon paint can lid sealer? Answered

The kind you see at a paint store, a hand cranked thing that gives even pressure to close lid. I called the place where the paint store bought theirs and it costs $485.00

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Good place for Food-grade barrels?

Trying to do some of the rain barrel projects, but I don't know where I can find 55 gallon food-grade barrels without spending an arm and a leg to have them shipped.

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Where can I find a metal trash can for little to nothing?? Answered

I need to get a metal trash can for a project, but I don't want to spend a lot of money. I need to know where to get one at. I would like a 20 - 30 gallon one. BTW: A large metal pot would work also. Thank you. Killer~SafeCracker

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Would it be possible to take the trim off of the top of a 42 gallon hexagonal aquarium or would the aquarium fall apart?

I was thinking about making my aquarium into an open-topped aquairum, and the trim would take away from the effect. Would the aquarium fall apart or would the silicone hold it? It would still have the bottom trim. I'm probably not going to do this but I would like to know if I could try it.

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where can i find 55 gallon steel drums? Answered

i need one for projects like a charcoal burner or just storage. but they cost about 60$ new. i always see them as trash cans in parks in such so i guess their cheap use, but where do you find them used?

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Converting a 55 gallons (200 liters) drum into an oven and grill

On the Chilean TV show Hagalo Usted Mismo (Do it yourself) it is showed how to make a combination of an oven and a grill using a 55 gallon (200 liters) steel drum. Although it is in Spanish, the video shows how to make it step by step. An important note mentioned in the video is that the drum must previously stored non toxic products.

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How to setup heating element to heat 2 gallons of water?

Hi All, I have a thought on something that I'd love to build, but I'm having some trouble figuring out the best way to do it.  I'm new to everything electricity, so please bare with me on my lack of knowledge on the subject. What I'm building is a coffee maker that you can take with you as you leave the house.  I need to figure out how to create a way to heat up the coffee to roughly 60-80 degrees, then once done you can detach it and take unit with you.   Now, here is the catch.  I don't want to rely on the battery source to heat the water, ideally I'd be able to setup a removable plug that both charges the batteries and heats the element that gets the water up to 60 degrees while plugged in.  Once the water is heated, I'd then like the ability to detach the cord, and you can take the coffee maker with you.  The batteries at this point just need to keep the water warm/hot, not heat it from scratch.   Also, I'd like to figure out how to have a timer on this with an LCD screen.  That way, just like with any coffee maker, you can set the time before you go to sleep and have it ready by the time you go on your commute. Any help on how I should set this up, battery sizes, places that I can find parts I would need would be a gigantic help!  I've been searching the internet for a few hours but cannot find anything. Thanks in advance.

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What animal can you put in a ten gallon fish tank?

No fish ! im interested in tarantulas but i dont know if they would be happy in that sized environment thanks Sincerley, Ctholden

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can u use a plastic 5 gallon bucket for hanging tomatoe?

I say one of these but I hit the wrong key and I can not find it I am new to the site. can you help?

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Common problems with 1985 VW golf diesels? Answered

Hello Instructables community! The time has come for me to terrorize the streets with my driving skillz! (I say "Skillz" jokingly) I'm looking for a car, and found a good condition 1985 VW Golf Diesel on Craigslist. The owner says it gets 42-47mpg, and, being an old diesel I believe it. But I was wondering if there are any common problems with Golfs of that age? Anything I should be worried about when buying one? Thank you in advance!

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8 Reasons you'll rejoice when we hit $8 a gallon gasoline

This article in MarketWatch written by Chris Pummer mostly matches my opinions. My favorite is #2Here is the text:SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- For one of the nastiest substances on earth, crude oil has an amazing grip on the globe. We all know the stuff's poison, yet we're as dependent on it as our air and water supplies -- which, of course, is what oil is poisoning.Shouldn't we be technologically advanced enough here in the 21st Century to quit siphoning off the pus of the Earth? Regardless whether you believe global warming is threatening the planet's future, you must admit crude is passé. Americans should be celebrating rather than shuddering over the arrival of $4-a-gallon gasoline. We lived on cheap gas too long, failed to innovate and now face the consequences of competing for a finite resource amid fast-expanding global demand.A further price rise as in Europe to $8 a gallon -- or $200 and more to fill a large SUV's tank -- would be a catalyst for economic, political and social change of profound national and global impact. We could face an economic squeeze, but it would be the pain before the gain.The U.S. economy absorbed a tripling in gas prices in the last six years without falling into recession, at least through March. Ravenous demand from China and India could see prices further double in the next few years -- and jumpstart the overdue process of weaning ourselves off fossil fuels.Consider the world of good that would come of pricing crude oil and gasoline at levels that would strain our finances as much as they're straining international relations and the planet's long-term health: 1. RIP for the internal-combustion engineThey may contain computer chips, but the power source for today's cars is little different than that which drove the first Model T 100 years ago. That we're still harnessed to this antiquated technology is testament to Big Oil's influence in Washington and success in squelching advances in fuel efficiency and alternative energy.Given our achievement in getting a giant mainframe's computing power into a handheld device in just a few decades, we should be able to do likewise with these dirty, little rolling power plants that served us well but are overdue for the scrap heap of history.2. Economic stimulusNecessity being the mother of invention, $8 gas would trigger all manner of investment sure to lead to groundbreaking advances. Job creation wouldn't be limited to research labs; it would rapidly spill over into lucrative manufacturing jobs that could help restore America's industrial base and make us a world leader in a critical realm.The most groundbreaking discoveries might still be 25 or more years off, but we won't see massive public and corporate funding of research initiatives until escalating oil costs threaten our national security and global stability -- a time that's fast approaching. 3. Wither the Middle East's cloutThis region that's contributed little to modern civilization exercises inordinate sway over the world because of its one significant contribution -- crude extraction. Aside from ensuring Israel's security, the U.S. would have virtually no strategic or business interest in this volatile, desolate region were it not for oil -- and its radical element wouldn't be able to demonize us as the exploiters of its people.In the near term, breaking our dependence on Middle Eastern oil may well require the acceptance of drilling in the Alaskan wilderness -- with the understanding that costly environmental protections could easily be built into the price of $8 gas. 4. Deflating oil potentatesOn a similar note, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently gained a platform on the world stage because of their nations' sudden oil wealth. Without it, they would face the difficult task of building fair and just economies and societies on some other basis.How far would their message resonate -- and how long would they even stay in power -- if they were unable to buy off the temporary allegiance of their people with vast oil revenues? 5. Mass-transit developmentAnyone accustomed to taking mass transit to work knows the joy of a car-free commute. Yet there have been few major additions or improvements to our mass-transit systems in the last 30 years because cheap gas kept us in our cars. Confronted with $8 gas, millions of Americans would board buses, trains, ferries and bicycles and minimize the pollution, congestion and anxiety spawned by rush-hour traffic jams. More convenient routes and scheduling would accomplish that.6. An antidote to sprawlThe recent housing boom sparked further development of antiseptic, strip-mall communities in distant outlying areas. Making 100-mile-plus roundtrip commutes costlier will spur construction of more space-efficient housing closer to city centers, including cluster developments to accommodate the millions of baby boomers who will no longer need their big empty-nest suburban homes.Sure, there's plenty of land left to develop across our fruited plains, but building more housing around city and town centers will enhance the sense of community lacking in cookie-cutter developments slapped up in the hinterlands. 7. Restoration of financial disciplineFar too many Americans live beyond their means and nowhere is that more apparent than with our car payments. Enabled by eager lenders, many middle-income families carry two monthly payments of $400 or more on $20,000-plus vehicles that consume upwards of $15,000 of their annual take-home pay factoring in insurance, maintenance and gas.The sting of forking over $100 per fill-up would force all of us to look hard at how much of our precious income we blow on a transport vehicle that sits idle most of the time, and spur demand for the less-costly and more fuel-efficient small sedans and hatchbacks that Europeans have been driving for decades. 8. Easing global tensionsUnfortunately, we human beings aren't so far evolved that we won't resort to annihilating each other over energy resources. The existence of weapons of mass destruction aside, the present Iraq War could be the first of many sparked by competition for oil supplies.Steep prices will not only chill demand in the U.S., they will more importantly slow China and India's headlong rush to make the same mistakes we did in rapidly industrializing -- like selling $2,500 Tata cars to countless millions of Indians with little concern for the environmental consequences. If we succeed in developing viable energy alternatives, they could be a key export in helping us improve our balance of trade with consumer-goods producers. Additional considerationsWeaning ourselves off crude will hopefully be the crowning achievement that marks the progress of humankind in the 21st Century. With it may come development of oil-free products to replace the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fertilizers and pesticides that now consume 16% of the world's crude-oil output and are likely culprits in fast-rising cancer rates.By its very definition, oil is crude. It's time we develop more refined energy sources and that will not happen without a cost-driven shift in demand.

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how could I make a smaller solar heater to heat a half gallon of water?

It must be smaller than 55cm and be able to heat up a half gallon of water

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where do i find free 55 gallon or more barrel here in toronto, canada?

Can you please give me suggestions where i can find a free 55 gallon or more barrel for rain water that i plan to collect? i'm currently located in toronto, canada. really appreciate any help i could get!

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what animal reptile,mammal,fish,amphibian can fit in a 3 gallon tank?

I dont know what can i fit in a 3 gallon tank but i cannot find any catterpillars in any shops lol so i decided to ak some questions thats why i love to explore about animals cause i've been seeing animals and when i try to stop them i dont even know their language so i also want to learn language of the animal u are talking about in the answer.it is really a waste of money so can you help me.

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best way to connect 3 55 gallon barrel together under ground.But can use the submercible pump 1 barrels & equal out ?

I need help on how to connect three 55 gallon barrels under ground that will allow them to equal out all at once and allow me to keep my 12v submercible pump in only one tank.And then itll all flow to that one tank as its draining.

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does anyone know a good source of barrels?

I am looking for some barrels to do some projects with, but i am not sure where to get them from, im looking for 55 gallon drums, any suggestions?

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home brewing question?

I have 3 pounds of muntons extra light malt, can I make a extra light malt wine mead with that and do you think it will turn out ok. I have several glass carboy's/demijohns I have a 5 gallon, 3 or 4 gallon, and several 1 gallon carboys. I have seen several recipes for 1 gallon honey mead or mead wine and those recipes call for 3 pounds of honey. so I guess this should work but I don't no if I should put some kind of sugar with it, if so what kind and how much. so many questions 

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How can I use a 5 gallon water bottle to make a giant bird feeder?

I would like to use a 5 gallon water jug as a bird feeder. It would be mounted on a 4x4 post. There would need to be a hole in the top approx 6 inches in diamer to allow for filling it with sunflower seeds. The top would be covered to keep moister and squirrels from getting into the filler opening and top. I assume the seed would pour out of the bottom (mouth) of the jug and controlled by a feeding tray of some sort. I would want it framed for sturdiness with either wood or PVC pipe.

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How do I clean a 55 Gallon Plastic Drum that contained Industrial Grade Detergent?

I picked up three free 55 gallon plastic drums after seeing them posted on craigslist.  I was inspired by the compost tumbler and rain collection instructables, and I was looking to build my own.  However, the plastic drums contained an industrial grade detergent used in food and beverage processing facilities.  Two of the barrels were FiChlor Foam HD and the other contained Liqualin CC.  Do you think I could clean these out enough to make them safe for these projects?  Would the chemicals have leaked into the plastic? For rain collection, I was going to use the water for flushing my toilet, so it wouldn't be for watering a garden, and definitely not for drinking.  For the compost, would the chemicals remaining in the plastic leak into the compost?  And then would any plants exposed to that compost die? I really appreciate some feedback on this.  I've read most instructables on here that involve 55 gallon plastic drums, and the recommendation is to use Food Grade containers.  I'm just disappointed about the possibility of not being able to use the ones I picked up because they contained a detergent.  The containers are marked as "Corrosive" and "Do not reuse this container unless it is first professionally cleaned and reconditioned."  This is definitely a bad sign. :( Thanks guys, Eoin Here's some information I found from the manufacturer, Chemetall: Safety and Handling Precautions: Oakite FiChlor Foam HD is a highly alkaline chlorinated material containing sodium and potassium hydroxide. Direct contact causes irritation of eyes and skin. It is harmful if swallowed. Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing. Wear safety goggles, rubber gloves and other protective clothing when handling. Wash thoroughly after handling. Avoid breathing vapors. Use only in well-ventilated areas. Do not take internally. Liqualin CC:  Heavy-duty, low foaming, non-silicated alkaline liquid for use in CIP systems or spray washing stainless steel processing equipment in beverage and food plants.

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Where can I get 55 plastic drums?

I need to get several plastic 55 gallon drums for various projects. Does anyone know any good non-specific places to get them?(non specific i.e. schools, car washes, resturaunts, or national chain stores and the like)

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how many psi can a 5 gallon plastic bucket (found in home depot) can take?

So im doing this for a chemistry project. My plan: to create a cannon with buckets and tubes with ping pong ball. I use dry ice and water to compress gas in the bucket and release the air through the valve. i realized that when i puff air into it and conceal it, (3 to 4 times) the bucket starts to deform.

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How do i plug a leak on the bottom of my 5,000 gallon well water tank? Help!? Answered

I can patch the side leaks on me metal tank easy enough with marine epoxy. but there's no way i can crawl in the tank without destroying the bottom with my weight. i would like to find something i can pour in there that would sink and find the hole and cover it up. wouldn't take much with the water pressing against it. maybe some sort of saw dust? it would eventually sink and find the leak? but it can't rot over time or have bad chemicals in it...  or something made of much smaller particles? really needs to be a remedy tested by time, maybe something from our grandfather's day. or, i could make a remote controlled robot with manipulators and a camera! nahhhhhh..... thanks

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water inline low pressure gauge at output

I don't know if they sell them , water Inline  pressure Gauge  made for 5 lbs and under, or is there an easy way t to make one, doesn't have to be inliine, it just needs to  measure the psi at 5 gallons and at 1 gallon.. Even A balloon that burst at 3psi would be good/. it is for a medical device. i spent the last year going crazy cause it was defective brand new.  it was putting out the correct  pressure at the start, 5 gallons, at the half way point it was putting out about half the pressure, didn't know it, almost had  surgery because of the poor results thanks for any ideas

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E85 to G15 and E100

Is there some way to remove the gasoline content from E85 to leave denatured ethanol? Is this even legal? I'd like to have some denatured ethanol on hand for my alcohol burner (isopropyl leaves soot), but a gallon can at the hardware store is $13.99. Since E85 is still well under $3.50/gallon, it seems like it would make more sense to remove the stinky, explosive gasoline from E85.

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Reshaping a Poland Spring Jug!

Hello everyone, I'm currently in need of a 5 gallon water jug but have not come across anything that will fit exactly where i need to put it. I was wondering if anyone knew of a decent way to go about re-shaping an old 5 gallon Poland Spring water jusg I happen to have kickin' around. Thanks.

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Electrolysis

What is it that affects the speed of electrolysis amperage or voltage? How much of it would I need to electrolyze 100 gallons in a reasonable amount of time?

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A Carbon Tide: Past, Present and Future

The New York Times has a really nice graph showing the world's historical and projected carbon emissions here at A Carbon Tide: Past, Present and Future Global emissions of carbon dioxide, measured by the weight of carbon it contains.Their choice to display it in flash rather than a similarly-sized image is somewhat annoying, but the chart itself does a nice job presenting a type of data that is often difficult to comprehend. Getting people to truly grasp the size and scale of some of the world's energy issues is one of the key challenges in making progress on those issues. In 2004, 7.9 billion metric tons of carbon were released -- did you make good use of your metric ton?Here's a thought experiment in that same vein: The San Francisco oil spill was originally reported as a 140 gallon spill, but turned out to be approximately 58,000 gallons. How much worse is a 58,000 gallon spill compared to a 140 gallon spill?

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hanging tomato buckets

I imagine a 5 gallon bucket with soil and water weighs quite a bit. Thinking of using a ladder. Any suggestions?

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How thick does a 17.5-inch round piece of plexi-glass need to be to support a 3 gallon fish tank?

I have a round wooden table with a 17.5 inch diameter (outer edge to outer edge).  However, the diameter of the recessed part of the table is 15.5". The 3 gallon fish tank will be centered over the recessed part of the table.  How thick does the plexi-glass need to be to hold the tank without bending or breaking?

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What can I do with all this sulfuric acid?

I have a half gallon sitting around. Anything neat I can do with it?

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rotating compost pricicng

How much do you think people would pay for a rotating composter made from a recycled 55 gallon drum and all recycled materials?

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I have a few gallons of leftover ammonium hydroxide at work. What should I do with it? Would anyone want it? Answered

I work at an engineering company and we use ammonium hydroxide for making blueprints. After a while we have to change out the bottles. I'm assuming the leftover bottles are not pure ammonium hydroxide anymore, but it is still very strong. We have about 8-10 jugs of it sitting around that we would like to get rid of. I'm not sure if it could be useful to anyone. I'm also not sure how to properly dispose of it if nobody wants it.

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How to repair the bottom of a fish tank?

My 15 gallon tank (24 inches long and 12 inches wide) has a cracked bottom. Does anyone have a fix it idea?

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how to clear up foggy fish tank water using house remedys?

I have a 5 gallon tank and would like to clear it up any suggestions?

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I have a plasma cutter and an 80 gallon tank to make a fire pit. I need help on the design Thanks,Steve

I've googled fire pit and seen some really fantastic designs from John T Unger. I'd love to have something anywhere near as cool as some of his stuff... I have a plasma cutter and a mig welder, however this is my first project with the plasma cutter... so I don't want to try to get too fancy and blow it. The tank is large enough that cut in half I have 2 chances to make something nice. I've googled pumpkin stencils, buddha stencils, flames and flame stencils and dragon stencils. I like arabic art and design along with the list above. Please help with ideas. Thank you!!! Steve

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greenest possible aquarium?

I was given a 50-ish gallon aquarium and stand, and would like to get it up and running in the most environmentally friendly way possible. I have purchased some gravel already. Help! And thanks!

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