I'm starting this in hopes, that if you have a little tip or trick, that doesn't seem 'big' enough to have it's own discussion....you can post it here.
Hopefully, this won't get bogged down by too many 'casual' responses.
OK, let's see your tips and tricks :-)
When I clean my swirl filter or bio-filters out, I like to use the water on my citrus trees and other things growing in dirt. Scoopping it out with a small bucket gets to be a pain quickly.
So I started to use a pump. Holding the house and moving around for small plants is OK....it's another story for the trees.
I use a 'no moving parts' sprinkler...that way, the solids can pass through it. (No pun intended)
Sometimes the spray goes further then I want. So now I have a very short section of hose between the pump and the valve ( in the picture below) and a longer hose going to the sprayer.
I can reduce or enlarge the spray pattern, simply by opening/closing the by-pass. Any extra sprays back into the tank, that I'm trying to drain.
JD, I really recommend you look into these hole cutters that attach to your drill. Back in my hydro days, and hopefully soon in my AP days, I've drilled hundreds of raft holes using these bad boys. They work like a charm - you can do about 10 holes a minute.
JD Sawyer said:I did try heating my box cutter blade and that helped a little and I've definitely heard of people making hot wire cutters for cutting the foam so that would probably work, but admittedly, I'm not sure how to do it. The straight cuts aren't a problem, it's the holes. I also want something that is relatively easy to perform multiple times over.
I'd like to know if anyone has good tips on cutting holes in the polystyrene raft sheets. I've tried holes saws and tapered punch out bits that some have recommended and they still chew up the raft and leave lots of little fragments. For straight cuts I use a box cutter or fine jigsaw blade and either of those works pretty well.