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S/H container

This is a discussion on S/H container within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, I've been thinking about moving couple phals, zygo, and paph (eventually at Spring ...

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    Hi all,
    I've been thinking about moving couple phals, zygo, and paph (eventually at Spring time). I was able to find a store that sells Hydroton near my house (Thanks to Marissa aka orchid lady for the info ) I've been looking around for containers locally but I haven't seen them yet. I'm sure many of us have these CD/DVD Spindle sitting around our computer desk. Now my question is.. can I use these as S/H container? I am sure I have plenty more of those somewhere lol

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    Yes, I've used some of these. It is a bit harder to cut that plastic than the plastic quart size deli containers from my local grocery store. they also hold more than a quart of clay pellots. With the height of these containers, you might want to raise the height of your drain slot to about 2 inches from the bottom.

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    When I find it hard to drill/cut the plastic, I switch to burn method. That works well for me.

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    Poking holes using a stove heated screw driver tip always works for me since I don't own a drill....lol

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    Sure, that will work. Be careful if you use the burn method. Plastics burning gives off harmful fumes. I recommend using a drill bit if possible.

    Cheers,
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    I use sharp knives, but that is *really* dangerous. Don't burn plastic, those are carcegonic fumes they give off. start the hole with a knife, then just slowly pry though it. You can also buy pre-made S&H containers...PM me for info.

    P.S. - beautiful granite countertops BTW!!!! WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    ...P.S. - beautiful granite countertops BTW!!!! WOW!
    I thought the same thing! So beautiful!

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    Thanks guys for the different methods of making the air holes. I do have a drill at home so I can use that I happened to stop by The Container Store today to pick up one of my relatives who came to visit and I happened to find some plastic containers (54 oz 4"x4"x6.75") which is a lot better than what I saw at the grocery store (32 oz max for the 'tall' canisters). So now I have couple of them. I am going to do some tests on how high the reservoir line should be for the water to wick to the top then drill the holes.

    Thanks for the comment about the counter top, I like them too. Unfortunate I can't tell you what the name of that granite is off the top of my head.. the remodeling was done 3 years ago so .... :|

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    I've been burning holes with a soldering iron. You do need ventilation though. Stinks.

    When I tried to drill I just split the containers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hera View Post
    I've been burning holes with a soldering iron. You do need ventilation though. Stinks.

    When I tried to drill I just split the containers.
    Hera, I've had the same problem with splitting pots by drilling. (Like you, I burn holes with a soldering iron--the warnings about having good ventilation if you go this route are valid.)

    There are, however, special drill bits for drilling--they are rather like an emory board in consistency and they won't split pots like a standard drill bit does. One member of my OS has one and it does a beautiful job. Of course, he also has a drill press--a bit beyond my means! LOL

    Cheers,

    Rob

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