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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 09-03-2009, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Awesome! I know where to get the barrels free, or at least I used to. Can't believe I never thought about doing that. Thanks for the inspiration and please update the thread to let us know how it works for you.
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Well done Bob!!!! good job, you will be very happy with the resulting compost and turning a barrel on "bearings " will save your spine which of course we all want to do. Good for you!
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Bob, how will you remove the finished compost?
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I was thinking if you made the front cross support removable you could slide a wheelbarrow under the front and let the compost fall straight into it. If it's not high enough just add to the legs or use blocks.
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I was thinking if you made the front cross support removable you could slide a wheelbarrow under the front and let the compost fall straight into it. If it's not high enough just add to the legs or use blocks.
Great Idea!!!! This would actually be an improvement over the open pile I've used forever........once again to save my perpetually aching spine.
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Nice bin Bob. Maybe if the door was bigger for easier access(?) Those are what they make rain barrels out of here.
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Great job Bob;

You asked about any suggestions. Put a bycicle pedal type handle on it to make it easier for you to turn it. Since the opening is where it is, try putting doors on the sides to make it easier to push the composit out the main door. When looking for paint, get the paint that adheres to plastic. The paint designed for metal or wood will just keep chipping or peeling off.

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Excellent job!

One question.. don't you need to make a few holes for ventilation?
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My compost bin is a big garbage cart. I drilled a ton of 1/2" or so holes all over it. I bungee the lid down & roll it on its side & turn on occassion.
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Awesome, I have a few barrels like that myself laying around waiting for me to show them some attention!
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This gives me an Idea, I could get hundreds of them!!

I might make the 60gal. drum a good composter
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All of the above posts are excellent ideas and I have one drum that looks exactly like in the picture. I was convinced that I will make one until yesterday when I went to Costco and there is a composter there that is similar to the one it is discussed here.
The cost is $99 compared to the cost $400 is selling on Ebay.
Now, is it worth $99 ? Will I get my moneys' worth?
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I almost think its better to home make one, CHEEPER.
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If I were to buy one I would go for, thanks rscotth fo posting this:
COMPOST BLACK GOLD~COMPOSTER TUMBLER BARREL BIN - eBay (item 260472048532 end time Sep-06-09 18:15:00 PDT)

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