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TCLynx's Blog – November 2010 Archive (8)

A blog about blogs from the one who didn't want to blog in the first place

Crazy right, I don't really like writing and never thought I was very good at it being dyslexic and spelling challenged but luckily the dyslexia (what a terrible work to expect some one who is to write) I have is very mild and I've been able to cope and work around it (only thing I've never been able to cope with is flash cards,) especially with the advent of spell checking. I do like sharing and this is why I write things, to help teach those who are interested.

Actually, this isn't… Continue

Added by TCLynx on November 21, 2010 at 7:27am — No Comments

More About Indexing Valves

So I got some more questions about these indexing valve things so I figured I should go ahead and write a bit more about them. They may not be appropriate for every situation but they do have their place.

Want to sequence the flow of water into your grow beds to only flood one at a time? Want to avoid extra wiring and control electronics? Then consider an aquaponics indexing valve. All that…


Added by TCLynx on November 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Raft Bed Saga, New Liner

Raft Bed Saga Part 5

So Friday Afternoon I went down and picked up the new liner for the bed.

Yesterday, I spent the day installing that new liner.

First I drained the existing liner (involved setting all the grow beds to constant flood to hold the extra water so I didn't waste it all. I also filled up some other tubs with water to try and conserve. Even so, I of course lost some.…


Added by TCLynx on November 14, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Raft bed saga continues part 4

Raft bed saga part 4

Got up this morning to check on the new bed, still leaking but the bowing problem seems solved.

I used the time while that part of the garden was sunny this morning to add the rest of the arches over the bed for holding netting or frost blanket to keep the leave out.

I fear the leaks are not going to be slime healed and the used billboard liner is just so brittle and easy to abrade that I'm either gonna have to… Continue

Added by TCLynx on November 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Raft bed saga continues Part 3

Raft Bed Saga Part 3

Grrrr, Here is what I found this morning when I cam out to see how the raft bed did filled over night. The Stays didn't, stay that is, they sprung off. I must admit I didn't secured them very well.

The bed was bowing out even wider than before. So I set the pump to draining it to the sump tank. I set the main grow beds to hold water so hopefully I wouldn't loose too much to the sump tank overflowing and I headed to… Continue

Added by TCLynx on November 7, 2010 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

My first AP winter without a greenhouse

My first two years doing Aquaponics, I had my structure over my main Aquaponic system which provided handy support for plastic to turn it essentially into a greenhouse.

However, as many know, last spring code enforcement came around and said I had to take it down unless I got a building permeit for it (to get a building permit requires drawings stamped by an architect or engineer.) I could have made drawings but I never figured out how to get the proper stamps. So, the "greenhouse"… Continue

Added by TCLynx on November 6, 2010 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Twas a little chilly Raft Bed Saga Part 2

Raft Bed Saga Part 2

This day in November, to be plumbing wet liner and splashing in water.

But once a project thus started, it must be completed, unless paying work is what is competing.

I'm sorry my poetry may not be compelling but here are some pictures to quell your misgivings.

Last night I did fill the liner with water to see what would happen.

Come morning I found that… Continue

Added by TCLynx on November 6, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Uh Oh, I have another bit of material I probably won't resist trying to use. Raft Bed Saga Part 1

Raft Bed Saga Part 1

On my Visit to Cosmo Back in October to witness the install of the indexing valve in the Man Cave, Michael bestowed upon me one of his used billboard liners.

I'm often not good at leaving useful items just sit by taking up space, I tend to try and make use of them when I can. Anyway, we will see how it does for me.

The liner is folded in half in the picture below. …


Added by TCLynx on November 4, 2010 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

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