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Just what are you looking at?
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Not again...look Sonny...ask your Elders... Rolling Eyes
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Maybe it was that masculine jawline of yours in the mirror.
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Beg pardon. The '...jess' confused a simple foreigner.
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Blowin wrote:
Beg pardon. The '...jess' confused a simple foreigner.


Jessie James or Jessie Ownes wouldn't let you off as lightly...just as well you caught me on a good Night... Wink
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Someone told me that you are a big Jessy!
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I'd be interested to hear about what kind of pump you buy. I'm getting tired of carrying watering cans up the steps from the water butt to the veg plot. Also, what dimensions are those ibc tanks?
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They are approx. a 1000mm cube and they hold 1000 litres. Not getting out of bed to go measure mine in the dark!!!
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The morning will do!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a thought, GG, but I was wondering how much higher your veg plot is from the building/shed that'll be catching the water. If, for example, it's only say 6ft you could mount your tank just below the gutter and use gravity plus a length of pipe to transfer the water to where you need it.

You can also buy pumps that are powered by an electric drill (or, I suppose, any other small electric motor that you might salvage from an old hoover etc.).

One word of caution - one cubic yard of water = one ton!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good guy wrote:
I'd be interested to hear about what kind of pump you buy. I'm getting tired of carrying watering cans up the steps from the water butt to the veg plot. Also, what dimensions are those ibc tanks?


Good question, Good guy, you beat me to the draw. I have 25ltr drums hook up to my downpipe, pain in the rear carrying them to the water butt and then getting them up on to it. 5 pallets high.
So here's my plan, stick a hose in to the drums at the house and stick the other end of the hose into the IBC tank.
Problem, what kind of pump do I need ?, what voltage ?, what wattage ?. Would a bilge pump for a boat be the job, lidl, aldi, what's the best move.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
Just a thought, GG, but I was wondering how much higher your veg plot is from the building/shed that'll be catching the water. If, for example, it's only say 6ft you could mount your tank just below the gutter and use gravity plus a length of pipe to transfer the water to where you need it.

You can also buy pumps that are powered by an electric drill (or, I suppose, any other small electric motor that you might salvage from an old hoover etc.).

One word of caution - one cubic yard of water = one ton!


Morning Blowin,
Salvage, now that's a word that gets me excited. . Besides making up a pedal powered water pump and pedaling like a buoyo every time I need to transfer water, Wink , what every day or fairly common implement would be suitable for this purpose.
What about the pump from a washing machine, must be plenty of them lying around for free, any other ideas,

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion AJ, but the gutter is way too far below the plot. At a guess, I'll have to raise the water by at least 4 metres to get it into any kind of useful tank in the veg garden.
I wouldn't mind buying a small pump, if that's what it would take (pump, water, electricity, outside, shock, death......)
What does Ponddigger have to say on the subject?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've actually got one of the pumps that are powered by an electric drill - never used it though - but, by implication, any power source, e.g. hoover, you could attach to the pump's spindle in lieu of the drill chuck would do the job. Even some sort of belt arrangement, rather than a feat of engineering, could suffice.

Alternatively, you've mentioned washing machines as having pumps and there's something that whirrs away in freezers which might be pumping something round. Flow rate needn't be huge although, even in a small pipe, distance equals weight and may govern the size of pump required.

Final thought is the old idea of a wind pump that folk used to employ to draw well water in the old days. No knowledge of the technology involved I'm afraid.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doing a quick google for solar powered pumps found this

http://purchase.ie/solar-powered-water-butt-pump

Now there are plenty of options out there, so search about

It will be option like this that I will look into when I get my ibc setup to get water around my garden for a simple reason I plan to have more than one ibc and getting power to all locations will probably be just as expensive as getting solar powered pumps.
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