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  • Turn Any Flower Pot Into a Self-wicking Planter

    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade, as to understanding the process, so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil.Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials and since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, I may try and experiment with different wicks or maybe use several.The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am ...

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    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade, as to understanding the process, so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil.Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials and since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, I may try and experiment with different wicks or maybe use several.The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supposed to fill with coconut bark or similar, then soil.I did line the planter with a fine chicken wire first to facilitate containing the soil, then the coconut bark, which the birds seem to love stealing to make their nests, then the soil inside of that.I guess technically the coconut bark could act as a wick if I had more but it’s hard to keep with the birds borrowing it.The planter mounts to the side of our house and of course if it’s not watered almost daily, anything in it will dry up and die.I guess with the soil exposed to the air, having it mounted on brick, and me forgetting to water, there’s not much chance of anything living in it except maybe a nice plastic bouquet 😂I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though. I’ve been inspired by your Instructable (not to mention the Mrs’s spent a bit of time painting it and it’s already screwed into the house 😬.

    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade, as to understanding the process, so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil.Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials and since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, I may try and experiment with different wicks or maybe use several.The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am ...

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    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade, as to understanding the process, so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil.Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials and since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, I may try and experiment with different wicks or maybe use several.The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supposed to fill with coconut bark or similar, then soil.I did line the planter with a fine chicken wire first to facilitate containing the soil, then the coconut bark, which the birds seem to love stealing to make their nests, then the soil inside of that.I guess technically the coconut bark could act as a wick if I had more but it’s hard to keep with the birds borrowing it.The planter mounts to the side of our house and of course if it’s not watered almost daily, anything in it will dry up and die.I guess with the soil exposed to the air, having it mounted on brick, and me forgetting to water, there’s not much chance of anything living in it except maybe a nice plastic bouquet I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though. I’ve been inspired by your Instructable (not to mention the Mrs’s spent a bit of time painting it and it’s already screwed into the house.

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  • Turn Any Flower Pot Into a Self-wicking Planter

    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade as to understanding the process so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil. Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, and then experiment with different wicks or maybe use several. The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supp...

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    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade as to understanding the process so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil. Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, and then experiment with different wicks or maybe use several. The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supposed to fill with coconut bark or similar, then soil. I did line the plantar with a fine chicken wire first to facilitate containing the soil, then the coconut bark, which the birds seem to love stealing to make their nests, then the soil inside of that. I guess technically the coconut bark could act as a wick if I had more but it’s hard to keep with the birds borrowing it. The planter mounts to the side of our house and of course if it’s not watered almost daily, anything in it will dry up and die. I guess with the soil exposed to the air, having it mounted on brick, and me forgetting to water, there’s not much chance of anything living in it except maybe a nice plastic bouquet 😂I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though. I’ve been inspired by your Instructable (not to mention the Mrs’s spent a bit of time painting it and it’s already screwed into the house 😬.

    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade as to understanding the process so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil. Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, and then experiment with different wicks or maybe use several. The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supp...

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    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade as to understanding the process so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil. Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, and then experiment with different wicks or maybe use several. The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supposed to fill with coconut bark or similar, then soil. I did line the plantar with a fine chicken wire first to facilitate containing the soil, then the coconut bark, which the birds seem to love stealing to make their nests, then the soil inside of that. I guess technically the coconut bark could act as a wick if I had more but it’s hard to keep with the birds borrowing it. The planter mounts to the side of our house and of course if it’s not watered almost daily, anything in it will dry up and die. I guess with the soil exposed to the air, having it mounted on brick, and me forgetting to water, there’s not much chance of anything living in it except maybe a nice plastic bouquet 😂I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though. I’ve been inspired by your Instructable (not to mention the Mrs’s spent a bit of time painting it and it’s already screwed into the house 😬.

    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade as to understanding the process so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil. Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, and then experiment with different wicks or maybe use several. The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supp...

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    I completely understand your thoughts. Unfortunately, the whole “wicking process” may be beyond my pay-grade as to understanding the process so I may have to schedule some time to build the thing and then see if it is possible to use maybe a thick piece of cotton or maybe some synthetic type of material that won’t break down so quickly in soil. Thanks to your Instructable I have the “how” figured out. I simply need to try and gather materials since my planter is similar in shape to a window box, and then experiment with different wicks or maybe use several. The planter I’m wanting this for is, although attractive, going to be a pain to grow almost anything but a cactus in I’m afraid because it literally has no reservoir in it. It’s basically a steel frame that I assume I am supposed to fill with coconut bark or similar, then soil. I did line the plantar with a fine chicken wire first to facilitate containing the soil, then the coconut bark, which the birds seem to love stealing to make their nests, then the soil inside of that. I guess technically the coconut bark could act as a wick if I had more but it’s hard to keep with the birds borrowing it. The planter mounts to the side of our house and of course if it’s not watered almost daily, anything in it will dry up and die. I guess with the soil exposed to the air, having it mounted on brick, and me forgetting to water, there’s not much chance of anything living in it except maybe a nice plastic bouquet 😂I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though. I’ve been inspired by your Instructable (not to mention the Mrs’s spent a bit of time painting it and it’s already screwed into the house 😬.

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  • Turn Any Flower Pot Into a Self-wicking Planter

    We’ve been looking at doing something like this for one of our planters and I enjoyed the structable. I do have a question though. You are using the T-shirt as a “membrane”, as you put it, to keep the soil out of the water container and that makes sense but isn’t the shirt to some extent the wick? I mean it is what’s saturated and feeding the soil in your small plant container correct? If this is the case, would it be feasible to forego the smaller plant container with all the holes in it and just use a longer/bigger piece of material that goes from the soil in your plant down and into your water container? I don’t know if that would carry enough water to the soil or not but seems like it would simplify the design quite a bit. I guess a lot of it would depend on the wicking c...

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    We’ve been looking at doing something like this for one of our planters and I enjoyed the structable. I do have a question though. You are using the T-shirt as a “membrane”, as you put it, to keep the soil out of the water container and that makes sense but isn’t the shirt to some extent the wick? I mean it is what’s saturated and feeding the soil in your small plant container correct? If this is the case, would it be feasible to forego the smaller plant container with all the holes in it and just use a longer/bigger piece of material that goes from the soil in your plant down and into your water container? I don’t know if that would carry enough water to the soil or not but seems like it would simplify the design quite a bit. I guess a lot of it would depend on the wicking capability of whatever fabric you use. I guess this isn’t a question entirely for the author but an inquiry to find out if doing this same project with just a wick or piece of fabric is doable and if anyone has done this could they share what was learned. Obviously if the author has tried this approach or tried and failed, I would be very appreciative of any advice you could share. Great Instructable and Thank You!

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  • SRDsPoppa made the instructable How to Make Slime Without Borax + Lesson Plan11 months ago
    How to Make Slime Without Borax + Lesson Plan

    Actually my daughter made it, with a twist on the ingredients. She used School Glue (+/- 5 oz), Glitter glue (maybe 1-2ml)Food coloring (2-3gtts)Glitter (per taste)Arm and Hammer detergent (2-3oz)She added ingredients liberally until she got the desired consistency and color and interestingly enough ended up with as near as I could tell a borate salt/ boric acid free recipe. I’m not sure what the issue is with borate salts since we commonly use in some of our wash, but I guess if you’re sensitive to one or the other you could lean towards these ingredients as well. Thank you for the instructible!

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  • SRDsPoppa commented on Techgenie's instructable DIY - Magnetic Connectors1 year ago
    DIY - Magnetic Connectors

    I was recently perplexed with this very same issue and had started researching solutions online when I found this Instructable completely seperate from my research. This is a very easy solution!!! Thank you!I do have a few questions though. Do you find that the magnets exhibit a decrease in their attraction when you apply heat from the hot glue or electricity from the battery? And secondly, since you are essentially making your electrical connection magnet to magnet, how great of a loss in current is there as compared to just plain old conventional wire to wire contacts?

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  • SRDsPoppa commented on HowToLou's instructable How to Fix a Door That Won't Stay Open3 years ago
    How to Fix a Door That Won't Stay Open

    Buoyah!!!! Thank you! That trick worked like a charm. I had resorted to using rare earth magnets to hold some of the doors open at our house. It worked pretty well unless you bumped into the door. I put one under the rubber cap on the door stop and then I glued another to the door and added magnets as necessary to hold the door open.

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