三级短片The good (whoa!s) and bad (woes) of my garden hose world

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Watering Cones

8 April 2020

I bought a 6-pack of "watering cones" from Harbor Freight last summer. First use today, for my first two "type 1" lawn grass that I grew under lights over the winter.

Jammed two cones into the ground, filled two soda bottles with water, turned a bottle over & tried to shove it into the cone. No good: The bottle collapses, squirting water out. You can't shove the bottle into the cone if the bottle collapses.

Tried the second bottle anyway. Same result.

Went to the comments at HF. Love2ski says:
Fill bottles with tap water and attach water cones as shown [bottles shown right-side up]. Note, you'll need to give the bottle and cone a little "TWIST" for it to fit snugly. That's it!!Turn the bottle upside down without squeezing it and check the water flow.
Okay Art
1: fill the bottles
2: mount the watering cones on the bottles
3: insert cones in ground
I'll give it a shot next time.

I thought it'd be better to avoid pulling the cone out of its hole in the ground and shoving it back in, repeatedly. Maybe that's not a problem. Will see.


Note: Love2ski also says
...there's a plastic ring thingy that is left behind when the bottle cap was initially opened. Remove plastic ring thingy from bottles. Use a utility knife, scissors etc. (plz. be careful)
I removed it anyway, out of habit, but the thought is worth repeating.


3/4" SCH40 PVC pile fits easily into the cone (where the bottle should go).
The OD of that pipe is given as 1.05".
The cone opening as I measured it is 1 1/16", so 1.0625, so the 3/4PVS is a nice fit. Goes in about an inch and a quarter.
What's the OD of a 1/2" PVC pipe fitting?
Aetna Plastics says 1 5/16" for half inch PVC tee. Way big.
but for a reducing tee, 1 1/16" for half inch legs. Possibly perfect.
Are these threaded or slip fit? Or does it even matter.
These questions might merit a trip to the hardware store, but not in a coronavirus environment.
I would consider a PVC adapter 3/4" Spigot (1.05" OD) to Female GHT (easy to make soda bottles fit FGHT)
PVC pipe to Garden Hose Thread adapters.

Not finding it.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

That, and fixing the economy, that's my life.

Mowing the lawn this past spring, I stopped short when I saw a little patch of grass, the kind you might say Wow, I wish my whole lawn looked like that! It was dense, it was short, it was a pretty shade of green, and the blades were narrow but not too narrow, just like I like. It was a couple weeks since I mowed that spot, and that little patch of grass was still short and even. I shut the mower down right there so I didn't lose the spot, went up to the house and got a shovel, scooped up a bit of that precious green patch, and planted it in my garden where I could keep an eye on it.

It used to be a farm, where I live, a cow farm. I don't know if they ever planted lawn grass after they built the house, or if people just mowed what was there and it started looking like lawn. But I know that beyond the rock wall, where I found my precious little green patch, it wasn't mowed when I moved in. Looked like it hadn't been mowed, ever.

I'm there now 10 years or more, and mowing beyond the wall since the start. It looks like a lawn now, mostly. But it's patchy, a little of this, a little of that. That's why I look it over when I'm mowing, looking for things I like and don't like about the different patches of lawn. And when I saw that patch of short grass, I knew that was what I wanted.

Most people would buy some grass seed and "overseed" their existing lawn, or just hire somebody to make it nice. Me, no. I'm gonna dig up a little bit of it and grow my own lawn from scratch.


The bit of lawn that I dug up was about a four-inch circle. (About four inches, but not really a circle.) I measured it this morning, in the garden: It's a foot square. (More than a foot, but not really square.) Across the long points, 20 inches by 24, where it's reaching out with runners to take over more territory. So it's fast-growing.

No, that's not right. It is fast spreading. I could take my 12-by-12 clump, tic-tac-toe it into nine little four-by-four squares, plant the squares a foot apart, and a year from now have nine, maybe 10 square feet. After another year, 90 or 100 square feet. After four more years I could cover a couple acres. Two or three years after that, maybe the whole county.

Hey, I'm retired. What else am I gonna do? (But not the whole county!)


I didn't tell you the best part. It's fast-spreading, but not fast-growing. When I got back to that original patch of grass with my shovel, I mowed it before digging up a sample. So it was 2½ inches tall when I transplanted it to the garden. That was back in May. Five months have gone by, and I didn't mow it again after transplanting it. Didn't mow it for five months. I measured it this morning: It's five inches tall. In five months it only grew 2½ inches.

It grew half an inch a month. Oh yeah, that's what I want. I'm doing it. I'm doing my whole yard.

Saturday, September 28, 2019


To me it's a pretty new word, thermoplastic. You get some, heat it up, form it to the shape you want, and let it cool. Done.

Links so I don't lose them:


Owen Duffy's idea

At owenduffy.net: Garden hose couplers – there has to be a better way.

Not sure what I'm looking at in the picture. Looks like a hose end repair fitting where instead of a threaded end you have a quick connect.

I was looking for something like that the other day, a hose-barb fitting that slips into a hose end, a hose-barb fitting with a quick connect instead of a GHT threaded end. Th'aint no such thing.

But if I'm looking at what I think I am, owen duffy made one by modifying some other fitting.

GHT Tap & Die: Looks like I should do nothing with it

Dunno what to do with this, so I'm writing it down so I don't lose track of the links.

From the HomeOwnersHub forum, from 2010: What is the exact tap & die size for a USA garden hose thread (it's not NH):

From Terra Arcane:
I don't see how you could make these with just a tap or die, as they involve a pilot, a relief, and a different lead-in thread angle, not just threads. Google ".75-11.5NH tap die" = 0 hits."

From MonkeyButler:
Scroll down to 3/4-11-1/2. You will see a garden hose size tap listed. Don't know about the die though.

MonkeyButler's link, from 9 years ago, doesn't work. But http://www.widell.com does work.
I looked around a little. Under SERVICES on their menu is CATALOGUES.
I got it. The file is named catalog_wid.pdf

Page 1: Contents

Page 2: Popular Special Taps

On page 14 I come to "3/4-11 1/2 garden hose 6fl" and "call for pricing".



worth another look maybe:
"put 2 washers in a 3/4 female hose fitting they will seal to a clean 3/4 NPT."
"For a temporary setup where there isn't much mechanical force on thejoint (and a little leakage is tolerable), you can put male hose threadsinto female pipe with some teflon tape."


no shit! Home Depot:
"Set: Contains taper, plug and bottom taps."


but "for this tap we recommend a 63/64" drill bit"
yeah, nfg for tapping the inlet end of wye connectors with the swivel nuts broken off.


Suppose I round off the outside of the inlet end, and tap it for NPT ...
then buy a brass adapter to go from NPT female to GHT female ...
then put a quick-connect fitting into it.
I get swivel from the QC
and I get QC
and I get to use all these damned broken wyes and shutoffs I'm gathering...
plumbingsupply.com offers "3/4" FHT Swivel x 3/4" FIPS" for $1.54 apiece.
now... could I actually cut threads in a plastic part?
Okay, I can buy a 3/4" FIPS
so I would need to make a 3/4" MIPS at the inlet end of the wye fitting.
For $34.99 at Harbor Freight I can get a
"1/2 in. - 1 in. Ratcheting Pipe Threader Set"
"Cut accurate threads in 1/2 in. - 1 in. pipe"
but first I would have to make the inlet end smooth and round.
It has two full-circle ridges on it now that were supposed to hold the swivel nut in place.
so I need... a lathe or the equivalent.
and what size should the OD be? ...same as 3/4" threaded pipe...
1.050 maybe (?)
this one looks nice, from Amazon, $56.98
Not out of reach, at least.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Well we got a new thing.
Pressure washer.
The wife told me this morning it was coming, but she didn't say what was coming.


I see it has a hole in the box
looks like a forklift fork jammed thru it

Dragged it into the garage.
A label on one side of the box says THIS END UP with an arrow that points at the top.
The box is right-side up.

Why don't they put the "this end up" message ON the end they want to be up? Instead of pointing at it. The message as they give it is so ambiguous I'm just guessing what they mean.

I cut thru the tape on the top end. Opened it.
There's no way I'll be able to grab that thing and lift it up out of the box.
I looked things over.
I decided to look for damage where the forklift stabbed the box.
I cut down the two corners of that face and un-folded it out onto the floor.
I don't see damage... That's good...

Inside the box the first thing you come to at the stab wound is the "Quick Setup Guide".
One, two pages thick.
No stab wound in the setup guide.
That's good. Everything else should be okay.

Took down all four sides the same way, cutting down the corners and laying the sides of the box down on the floor.

Looked at what I had.
Mostly thin gray plastic bags full of foam, all around the thing.
Packing material.
I can picure the machine poking into the box and going FFFFFFT and pulling out,
leaving bags full of foam in all the right places.

It still depends on the forklift driver stopping before he breaks something.

It took me half an hour to get the foam-filled bags un-wedged and removed from the sprayer.

Next, I looked at the booklet in the baggie. It says

Fuck me.
At least they put English first.

First: Six pages of Safety Instructions
Then: the Quick Setup Guide. I saw that already. The forklift didn't stab it.

A few pages later: Assembly Instructions
1. Locate and remove all loose parts from the carton.
2. Cut four corners of the carton from top to bottom and lay the panels flat.
3. Place handle (G) onto frame (H) ...

Oh, well, good! At least I opened the box right.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Table of Bow-Tie clips (as used to mount [some] mower decks)

At pivotpins.com, from Pivot Point, Inc. Looks like minimum order is 100 pieces of a size, but the ones I'd want to attach my mower deck are less than 25 cents apiece (as opposed to maybe $4.95 each & Free Shipping.)

They also offer an 80-piece kit (at this writing, $13.99; shipping is probably extra).
The 80-piece kit includes 24 pieces I can use to attach my mower deck to the tractor.