Re: [gardeners] Putting it by (
Sun, 14 Jul 2002 00:31:43 -0400

George, Jimmie says your idea about bringing along a piece of wood
when making tight tube and hose connections sounds like a very
good idea -- and he thanks you! 

In general, we employ a propane torch to warm up the tubing. Jim
has a heavy hand, and occasionally melts the tubing right down!  My
son-in-law Gino, who is a weight-lifter for exercise, can make his
tubing connections with his bare hands -- but even he finds it a bit
difficult, at times. I remember watching the Hispanics installing my
original underground system about 20 years ago - they would light
up a piece of newspaper, and hold it under a supply pipe just long 
enough to make the ends pliable, and would then press the ends 

We're mking progress -- helper Marco lifted up the very heavy 
stone by our steps, and Jimmie chiseled a groove across which
could fit the 12-strand cable. Then he started to chisel another
deeper groove to fit the 3/4 inch piping, but it went too slowly, so
Marco finsihed the job with the point of the pick-axe. That means
we now have the wire and one supply hose getting across the
front walk, and out of the way of any future change of shrubbery. 
He then put enough pipes together to give me back the water
flow to the three flower beds in front of the house, hooray! Now
at least I don't have to sprinkle them down three times a day by
hand!  Next will come another groove for the 2nd water supply
line, intended for the shrubbery -- and then all we will have to
do is to wait for the mason to repair the sidewalk where we
demolished it last week. The stones are way too heavy for us to
tackle the repair by ourselves, at our tender ages -- the strength
is gone, sad to say, altho the brain still dreams big dreams ....

Penny, NY


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