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What a drip…

Holidays.  A time to relax, unwind…work on another project!  Well, with a heat-wave pending, I decided that I better get the garden ‘soaker’ system set up.  First step was to dig out some trenches for the water pipe, black 75 PSI.  Here’s a tip; don’t buy irrigation materials (hose, connectors, faucets etc) in the irrigation section of your hardware store – they’re twice as expensive as the components in the plumbing section.  I checked into wholesale prices but didn’t have the volume to get deals.  Anyway, I looked at a brass faucet manifold (one hose connection, expanding to 4 faucets) and it was $99.  Crazy.  Anyway, if you can’t buy it you can make it.  The manifold I made, with two tap faucets and two ball joint faucets cost me about $25 and some time and I think it actually works quite well.

So after the trenches were dug and manifold complete, I laid out the water pipe, added some connectors then Josée helped me to lay out the soaker hose.  We can now water the entire veggie garden (about 25×40 in the main garden, 15×40 in the corn and bean garden) with the flick of one ball joint tap lever.  In addition, I calculated that if we use the soaker hose at night, we’ll reduce our water consumption for the veggie garden by about 70 percent versus conventional sprinkler watering.  This fact along with the ease of watering made this project very satisfying from a few perspectives.

Next project – retaining walls!

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Woodshed – Phase V (and now we’re done)

Hockey tournaments, trips to Vancouver, bad weather and, of course, work have all done their best to derail my attempts to complete this blasted woodshed.  With a four day weekend ahead of me, I was determined to put this thing to bed once and for all.  After visiting Black Creek Farm and Feed (yes, Home Depot doesn’t corner the market on all projects) where I picked up the 3×10 sheets of galvanized roof, I called up my trustee labourers, the Queen of Sheba and Manuel.  We unloaded the roofing sheets ($20 at BCFF versus $33 at Home Depot) and laid them out on the roof, anxiously double checking my measurements.  Thankfully they were accurate.

The Queen, as Manuel so aptly named her, perched upon Bob’s spring-loaded seat, barking out commands like a sergeant major at parade.  I spent most of my time perched upon a ladder, drilling roofing screws into panels of galvanized metal while Manuel arranged them from the ground.  Josée was busy cleaning up around the backyard and brought us a cup of tea as well – thanks, love!

We wrapped things up by stacking what little firewood we have left for this year and then standing back to admire our work.  The shed should hold 5-6 cords of wood once full and, judging by the rainfall we’re having tonight, is nice and dry.  I just have to tidy up a few loose ends and then figure out my rain-water collection system but that’ll be another day!

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