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!