073: Timed Plant Watering System and Candle From Altoids Tin or Nivea Tin and Interview with Todd Jarrett

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How to Run a Timed Plant Watering System for Starting Saplings

Automated Watering System


Brian starting seeds, wants pole barn to harvest water, needs to automate to water

Scenario 1 (Best and easiest)

  • Run waterhose from house to bed
  • Place timer at your home tap going to hose

Scenario 2

  • Elevate your totes off the ground, just under the gutters of the pole barn.
  • Catch rain in gutters that drain into totes
  • Place timer on bottom of the totes that open and gravity feed to the bed
  • If you do this, don’t use a sprinkler system, use a drip system

Scenario 2 Electrical setup

Sunforce 7 Amp Charge Controller

  • 12v 8AH SLA (sealed lead acid) battery for holding power
  • Sunforce 7 Amp Charge Controller
  • Renogy 10 Watt Photovoltaic Solar Panel
  • Docooler Mini Micro Brushless Water Oil Submersible Pump (5W)
  • If nighttime came and never showed day again, the pump could continuously run for 19.2 hours
    • Which you will not
  • It will take about 10 hours of sunlight to charge the battery fully
  • Woods 50015 Outdoor 7-Day Heavy Duty Digital Outlet Timer for the pump

Alternate setup to remove electrical costs

  • Orbit 62061N-91213 Single Dial Water Timer
  • 4000 on and off cycles per 2 AA batteries
  • Use Enloop Batteries to have recharge capability.
  • Use this setup, off of a water hose.  When you expand your operation, you may want to so some more permanent piping.

Another thing to Consider

  • Elevate your bed that you will be starting seeds in
  • Let bed overflow into another tank to reclaim what overflowed in the bed
  • Similar to a hydroponics setup
  • Could run a pump to recirc back into the top tank if you wanted a closed system with rain makeup

How to Make a Candle out of an Altoids Tin or Nivea Tin

altoids tin

  1. Martin asked a question about making a candle in an Altoids tin.

Melt the Wax for the Candle

  • Use Paraffin wax or Bees wax for your candle
    • Melt the wax in an old soup can or a pot
    • If you want to color your wax, you can melt crayon wax into the pot with the wax

Make Some Wicks for Your Candle

  • While wax is melting, you need pure cotton twine or some tea candle wicks
    • Just remove metal and wick from tealights
    • If possible, go ahead and prep your wick by coating it in wax, but this step isn’t necessary.
  • Glue tealight wicks to bottom of altoids tin so they stay in place when you put the wax in
  • If using cotton twine, or a wick without a base, just build a small stand you can tie the wick to above the tin to hold it vertical
  • I would recommend about 3-4 wicks in the tin so you have the ability to use all the wax when burning… not to burn them all at once.
  • Cut the wicks flush with the top of the altoids tin.

Pour The Wax into the Altoids Tin

  • Pour the melted wax into the altoids tin taking care to leave the wicks where they are meant to be.
  • Before the wax solidifies, you can make some adjustments to the wick position.

Solidify the Wax

  • Place the Tin in the freezer
  • Solidify faster
  • Candles burn more evenly

Add “The Extras”

  • Take two old cardboard match books and glue them to the lid of the Altoids tin, and you will have a way to light the candle.
  • The tins stack well for long term storage


Interview with Todd Jarrett (Audio Skipped ALOT… Sorry)

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