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Hi GG,

 

How's your garden now ? Hope you have transformed it again.

 

After reading your post on Spinach, tried  it out and yes the results are good.

 

Sown in Cocopeat(soaked in hydroponic nutrient overnight). 2-3 seeds per hole (1cm deep) 3" apart. Germinated on the 5th day. After thinning did not want to waste hence transplanted the seedlings in 2 " starter tray with cocopeat and a few in solil(Yes they have taken the shock very sportingly and have picked up too). Will be posting the pix today.

 

Hi Srikanth good to hear that you have been able to source your stuff and can't wait to hear what you would be sowing. All the best to you.

 

Happy Growing !

UG

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geekgardener said:

 

Hi STS,
 

You are in Blore right?. Go to SJP road and every store has this Takeout-lead plus the washer. They are  a set(sometimes sold along with endcap).. If you are not from B'lore.Ignore this.

Do update your profile with your location so that its easy to guide.

 

GG

Thanks GG for the info!  SJP road is way far off from my residence and work location. Will plan to go there sometime soon. 

 

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Hi,

 

I am yet to get the main 12 mm lateral as my supplier is out of stock. I got a sample local 20 m 12mm lateral to play with.

 

I could not source the round connector pictured below.

Round Connector

 

Instead I had to make do with this.

Pin Connector

 

The problem I have found is even with the poker it is very difficult to insert the connector into the 12 mm lateral. I spent over an hour using various techniques (applying direct heat to the pipe, hot sun, boiling hot water, oil etc). All I could manage was 18 connectors and one really sore thumb. As if this is not enough, after connecting the spaghetti tube I have two problems.

  1. The water is leaking from the point where the pin connector connects to the 12 mm lateral.
  2. Though the emitter is supposed to be 4 Lph I am only getting about 1.2 Lph though I have only connected 9 microtube/spaghetti outlets  The submersible pump has a capacity of 900 Lph or so the manufactuer claims.

The water leak is a problem. Currently I am using water to expand the grow bags but I cannot afford to have leaking Nutrient Solution. I tried M-Seal Wet but that did not help much.

 

What is the best option to get a leakproof spaghetti tube connected to the 12 mm lateral? How can I make the job of connecting the pin connectors easier?

 

Thanks,

Srikanth

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The round connector you got is exactly what I am using. So you do have the exact component.

When I was setting it up, I first fix the 'pin connecter' to sphagetti and then insert the other end into 12mm. Its a bit easier this way. There are 2 reasons for leakage. 1) Quality of 12mm drip pipe. 2) Hole larger than necessary.  Initially  I went for a cheaper drip pipe and it showed by leaking all over.

Make the punch hole little smaller. Use grease or oil, dip the pin connector and poke it into the 12mm drip and pull it back a little. Sometimes you might find leakage in terms of drops. This will stop  in a while. The joint should not be moved/disturbed oftern this causes gaps and leads to leakage.

I can totally relate to the sore red thumb ..

 

GG

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geekgardener said:

The round connector you got is exactly what I am using. So you do have the exact component.

When I was setting it up, I first fix the 'pin connecter' to sphagetti and then insert the other end into 12mm. Its a bit easier this way. There are 2 reasons for leakage. 1) Quality of 12mm drip pipe. 2) Hole larger than necessary.  Initially  I went for a cheaper drip pipe and it showed by leaking all over.

Make the punch hole little smaller. Use grease or oil, dip the pin connector and poke it into the 12mm drip and pull it back a little. Sometimes you might find leakage in terms of drops. This will stop  in a while. The joint should not be moved/disturbed oftern this causes gaps and leads to leakage.

I can totally relate to the sore red thumb ..

 

GG


GG,

 

Your connector is round while mine is pin connector (the smaller picture in the earlier post). Aren't they different?

 

Quality of the 12mm pipe could be an issue. I am waiting for the Jain Irrigation pipe to be available. It is probably a good idea to first insert the spaghetti tube and then into the 12mm drip pipe.

 

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The drip pipe I have now is actually little rubbery and doesn't coil up. When I unroll and lay the pipe, it doesn't bend and try to go back to its original shape. Jain pipes must be good, going by the reputation they have.

Do keep me posted on how it goes. These little things sometimes make us unsatisfied with the job we do. isn't it?

GG

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This is regarding the query made, some time ago, on this thread, on where one can source drip irrigation components in Delhi. I did quite a bit of running around, until I was told that Delhi does not qualify for the subsidies offered in Agriculture intensive states, and therefore, it makes little sense for merchants to stock these components. The neighbouring Haryana and UP would be better bets.

I headed for, and after considerable leg-work, located Jain Pipe Agency, referred to in an earlier post on this blog.

It turned out to be a pretty small, scruffy-looking godown, strewn with pipes and connectors of varying ranges, not just drip irrigation related. The place is at 293/1 New Railway Road, Adarsh Nagar, Gurgaon. Once past IFFCO chowk you have to take a right turn into this road towards Sector 12, keep going past a crowded area, until you see St Crispins School on the left. Go into the lane opposite this school, and you find the place about 100 ft inside.

The owner Mr Sanjiv Jain is a pretty pleasant person, who regretted that drip irrigation does not seem to have the market he thought it would, so he might not have everything in stock. He is available on 91-124-4267144 and +919810633922

He deals in "products made by Automat Industries Pvt Ltd, Delhi, under the brand name of HARIT.

He gave me 100 m of 16 mm lateral pipe  for Rs 7 a metre. He assured me that the 60 microtubes and drip emitters that I required  would be delivered with necessary connectors, to my house in Delhi by courier, and that they are pretty cheap,. He did not know the exact price.

They ought to fetch up by tomorrow.

Other miscellaneous components that he could scratch out from his godown like T-connectors, L-connectors etc he gave me gratis.

 

Ganesh Mahadevan

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