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tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 11:56 am    Post subject: Water butts, recycled juice containers  Reply with quote    

Anyone know where I might be able to get really big juice containers for use as water butts? Have Googled, but only come up with the Natural Collection (all its links are broken), and the Green Shop in Hereford (no sign of them on its site).

TIA

Tawny

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Taaa daaa www.thetankexchange.com


but how you get hold of them before they have been tarted up and priced up, I dunno...

anything else you could use? I'm interested too.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm racking my brains, but I can't remember where ours came from - I'll ask OH this evening. We do have a spare, but getting it to Hampshire might be a bit of a problem.

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
but how you get hold of them before they have been tarted up and priced up, I dunno....


I'd just spotted this one too, but aren't they dear? I mean, I can get a 190 L water butt from Bournemouth & West Hampshire water, complete with lid, tap, stand and water diverter for 30 quid including delivery, and here they are selling a used container with no stand or diverter for 27. As for the giant tanks, 163 quid, ouch! You certainly don't save water to save money!

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Judith wrote:
I'm racking my brains, but I can't remember where ours came from - I'll ask OH this evening. We do have a spare, but getting it to Hampshire might be a bit of a problem.


Ye-es - big as our van is, I think we might struggle. Thanks for the implied offer though, and any info most welcome.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tawny owl wrote:
You certainly don't save water to save money!


You do if you are on a water meter

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Woo-hoo! I've found some on ebay!

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 05 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jack's in colchester used to sell them, but I don't even know if they are still there - Tahir might know - it's his neck of the woods(ish)

Also, try the local council, ours sold off a load of water butts and composters cheap in a car park sale, manned by local sixth formers - the still do composters (one of which I have) but I can't find the water butts (which I kicking myself for not buying at the time!)

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 05 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Also, try the local council, ours sold off a load of water butts and composters cheap in a car park sale, manned by local sixth formers - the still do composters (one of which I have) but I can't find the water butts (which I kicking myself for not buying at the time!)


Our council doesn't seem to. The water authority (Bournemouth and South Hampshire) do, and in fact, for a normal water butt, their price is quite good - 30 including lid, stand, tap and rain diverter. Anyhow, I'll see how this ebay thing goes (anyone thinking of buying it from the chap in Poole, I saw it first! ), and if I don't get it, then he seems to have lots for sale at 49.99 (1000 L, so about 4 normal water butts).

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
Posts: 2595

PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 05 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Quote:
Tawny Owl: (anyone thinking of buying it from the chap in Poole, I saw it first! ), and if I don't get it, then he seems to have lots for sale at 49.99 (1000 L, so about 4 normal water butts).


OK I won't, I promise

L

Rikki



Joined: 09 Jun 2005
Posts: 35
Location: Bucks
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 05 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have been talking to my Father who has a 300 gal one he got from someone in Sleaford a quarter of a century ago - he thinks he saw it advertised in the Farmers' Weekly. Anyway, he says you can have problems with the UV making the plastic go brittle and cracking in a hard frost. He's covered his with an old tarpaulin to protect it from the sun, and wrapped it round with polystyrene to give it a bit of insulation. Ice is "plastic" and provided freezing occurs slowly the ice will flow to fill a vessel: it is only rapid freezing that bursts tanks etc.

He also has his overflow fitted with a pipe on the inside that goes down an inch so that when a heavy down pour over fills the butt it syphons out, cleaning off any scum that may be floating. The outside overflow pipe needs to have a good drop down to the drain to get a good flow of water, and it mustn't be too large a diameter - say 15mm - or it won't actually start syphoning.

sue ievers



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: powys
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours came from our local builders merchant I believe.
sue

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 05 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks, Rikki - that's useful info.

Sue, never even thought of builder's merchants - will have a look today.

Tawny

Ferdinand
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 05 8:45 am    Post subject: Storage Tanks Reply with quote    

Try LBS Horticulture (not on web, use phone 01282873333). They sell 1520 ltr storage tanks 2m high and 1.07m across, for 120 ex VAT.

Ferdinand
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 05 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi again,
Just realised that the LBS tank is more expensive / per litre storage than the tank from the 'Chap from Poole' who apparently charges 49.99 for 1000 ltr.
Having given you a contact, will you reciprocate and let me have contact details for the chap in Poole, please ? You say he has lots. I think his size of tank would fit more easily where I intend to place it. I grow orchids and rainwater is essential.
Thanks.

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