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   Jun 23

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Linda asks…

What container can I put under a child-sized wheelbarrow to catch water from drainage holes drilled in it?

Yes, I asked this in another category, but crafters are very creative and I thought they might have some good answers too, so bear with me.

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I have made a fairy garden in a kid-sized wheelbarrow, and I need to drill holes in the bottom so that the excess water can drain out. Problem is, the wheelbarrow will then leak water, so I need something underneath it to catch the water. Obviously, it should be waterproof, so no cardboard boxes.

I checked the plants section at a couple of stores, but found nothing there. I’m thinking I may need some bizarre random object and I’m hoping someone has come across one.

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Here are the criteria:

It should be dull/dark to fade into the background, as I don’t want it to be noticeable (like not red or white or sky blue or something). The rest of the wheelbarrow is white and red.

The longest it could be is about halfway between 8 1/2 inches and 8 3/4 inches – so 8.5 inches is fine, but 8.75 inches is too long. For you metric users, that’s between 21.59 cm and 22.225 cm. For you non-measurement types, that’s a tiny bit wider than a piece of notebook paper.

The shortest it should be is approx 6 inches (15.24 cm).

The width should be no more than 5 inches (12.7 cm) but is flexible.

The depth can vary, depending on width and length. I don’t want it any deeper than necessary, but it would have to hold a decent amount of water. I’d say about the amount of a sports water bottle or something a little bigger.

I’m quite willing to cut/adjust things to fit, but I am working with exacto knives (like a flimsy box knife) and scissors here, so nothing that requires a blowtorch or bandsaw, please.

The cheaper, the better. I’m aiming for under USD $5, but $10 is about my limit.

Bonus points if it fits the slanted angle of the bottom of a wheelbarrow and/or has a rim that could sit on a metal wire framework or other similar support. At the least, it should be easy to pull it out while full of water and drain it, without significant effort.

I can built a framework around it, but some shapes would be more difficult than others, and keep in mind that it may get moved around, it being a wheelbarrow, so it should be reasonably secure. For example, a sports bottle, being round and having no rim, wouldn’t work very well. A bread pan, although too big, has a perfect rim.

Thanks in advance! Yahoo-ers have never let me down before! I await your ingenious responses.
That’s a good idea, but I need it to be mobile, so the hose couldn’t be connected to anything permanent. But that does open up possibilities; the holes will be in the lowest part, so maybe I could hose it over to somewhere less conspicuous? And I could use a tile as a support platform for whatever container I use. Good stuff! Keep it coming!

GardenersCardiff answers:

Maybe you could drill the hole in the wheelbarrow in the back lowest point and get a scrap piece of hose to put under it to carry the excess water away that way you dont need to empty it. You could also put a small climbing plant to cover up any hose and the water could water the plant. If you got a 2 foot piece of drain tile you could dig a foot and 1/2 hols and sink it in there so it drains into the ground slowly.

Sharon asks…

What long basin or container can I use to catch water under a child-sized wheelbarrow planter?

I have made a fairy garden in a kid-sized wheelbarrow, and I need to drill holes in the bottom so that the excess water can drain out. Problem is, the wheelbarrow will then leak water, so I need something underneath it to catch the water.

Here are the criteria:

It should be dull/dark to fade into the background, as I don’t want it to be noticeable (like not red or white or sky blue or something). The rest of the wheelbarrow is white and red.

The longest it could be is about halfway between 8 1/2 inches and 8 3/4 inches – so 8.5 inches is fine, but 8.75 inches is too long. For you metric users, that’s between 21.59 cm and 22.225 cm. For you non-measurement types, that’s a tiny bit wider than a piece of notebook paper.

The shortest it should be is approx 6 inches (15.24 cm).

The width should be no more than 5 inches (12.7 cm) but is flexible.

The depth can vary, depending on width and length. I don’t want it any deeper than necessary, but it would have to hold a decent amount of water. I’d say about the amount of a sports water bottle or something a little bigger.

I’m quite willing to cut/adjust things to fit, but I am working with exacto knives (like a flimsy box knife) and scissors here, so nothing that requires a blowtorch or bandsaw, please.

The cheaper, the better. I’m aiming for under USD $5, but $10 is about my limit.

Bonus points if it fits the slanted angle of the bottom of a wheelbarrow and/or has a rim that could sit on a metal wire framework or other similar support. At the least, it should be easy to pull it out while full of water and drain it, without significant effort.

I can built a framework around it, but some shapes would be more difficult than others, and keep in mind that it may get moved around, it being a wheelbarrow, so it should be reasonably secure. For example, a sports bottle, being round and having no rim, wouldn’t work very well. A bread pan, although too big, has a perfect rim.

Thanks in advance! Yahoo-ers have never let me down before! I await your ingenious responses.
I checked the flower pot section, but the only thing even close I found is a rectangular pot, which itself has holes in it and is too big.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Look in the flower pot section,

Susan asks…

How do you remove popcorn ceilings?

What mixture of solution do you use to spray popcorn ceilings? They do already have a coat of paint on them. My home was built in 93. I’ve seen on youtube to use water and even saw something about vinegar and water. Any suggestions to make the scrapping easier?

GardenersCardiff answers:

We did this – it was easy but just messy! We got a garden sprayer and filled it with a mixture of warm water and vinegar. At first we used a small hand sprayer – I wouldn’t recommend it! Definitely spend the $25 to get a garden sprayer. Just spray until the ceiling is coated (we worked in 4 foot sections at a time). Then wait a couple of minutes until it starts soaking in, and you can start scraping. If it isn’t soaking in, then maybe it would help to lightly score the painted popcorn. It shouldn’t use any muscle to scrape it off, if it does, then wait a couple more minutes or use more water – when it is ready it will just fall right off. Be careful of the tape along the seems and edges! It is very easy to gunk that up if you get your scraper under it.
As a tip – we didn’t do a good enough job covering with plastic and made a mess! I wish I would have spent a couple bucks more to get enough plastic to cover the entire room.
Also, the hardest part was definitely the spackling, sanding and smoothing that we had to do after the popcorn was off. It might not be a bad idea to bring in a professional just for this part of the job.
Have fun!

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