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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2001
2:53 AM

Post #16092



If this turns into a hyperlink...we'll be in business!

My DH discovered that most everyone in our area uses these to help ease the work of digging holes in our hard soil. He drew the diagram for me. I'm sure some of you know about this Handy-Dandy work saver, but we lived in Fla. and was no problem making post and shrub holes in that sandy soil. If it saves just one gardeners back...Good-O! Jo

Failed Again! Drats! Jo
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tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2001
3:18 AM

Post #146875

try uploading the picture to your journal and give us a link to it.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2001
11:37 PM

Post #148720

http://davesgarden.com/gj/roadrunner/viewentry/10099.html

YIPPEEE!!! Thanks TiG. Third times a charm! (actually, Dave (bless him) sent me DETAILED instruction on how to post a picture to my journal...thanks, Dave.)

I'm going to laminate these instruction and they will be for sale on here to help supplement my meager income! What? Dave has them copyrighted? Oh, shucks!

Anyhow...I hope someone can use this design! JO

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Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 4, 2001
7:22 PM

Post #157743

This looks like it would help in hard soil...now do you have one that will get past the rocks?
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 21, 2001
3:25 AM

Post #165954

Zany, if you find something that does, please let me know. I dig with a pick and crowbar. A shovel is worthless in this ground.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 21, 2001
4:16 AM

Post #165966

Girls, This will help you around those rocks too...just put the tip to the side of them and LOOSEN the soil...small rocks can then be picked up with a post hole digger! Get DH to make you one. We couldn't work this hard soil without one...too OLD and DECREPIT! Jo

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2008
11:01 AM

Post #4681548

Jo, I couldn't get that link in the thread to pull up, but I went to your journal and found it. Wanted others to know if it didn't work for them.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2008
3:14 PM

Post #4682257

Thanks...Lots of people out here make themselves one! Jo
bgrumbin
Barstow, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2008
6:28 AM

Post #4694069

Thanks Sheila_FW for the hint on how to see roadrunner's Water Pic hole drilling gizmo. It was easy to find by that method, nothing found via the original URL. The original link is to a forum where it isn't but I found the gizmo drawing at http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/si/20813/
which is the direct go to roadrunner's journal entry. Kind of a neat idea although I have my doubts about its workability against the hard compacted mixture of sand, gravel, rock, and clay (with some caliche mixed in at times) that constitutes my own land and much of the Mojave Desert. Only suggestion I've heard that sounds workable at this point (after a tough day with the Heavy Duty Roto-Tiller) is using an *augur* to go through the stuff before beginning to civilize it by amendment.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2008
2:51 PM

Post #4694801

This works wonderfully on all the above types of soil...just be sure and not pull it out of the dirt before shutting off the water...it will splatter mud all over you!!

When we moved here from Florida...we had a lot of 4 X 4's to set in the ground for our 12 X 16 porch...and DH had just been diagnoised with cancer...he could never have done this job with out this tool. Jo
blpender
Dowagiac, MI

March 22, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #4696539

I have a question. Is it made with PVC pipe or real pipe?
blpender
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2008
11:59 PM

Post #4696573

It's made with real pipe..is it called "galvanized pipe"? JO
blpender
Dowagiac, MI

March 23, 2008
12:07 AM

Post #4696599

Thanks.
bgrumbin
Barstow, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2008
3:02 AM

Post #4697292

Talked with a local handyman about the "water pic". Without even seeing the picture of it, he agreed that it would be a major help digging through the concrete like ground around here. Said he even had something like it. The water pressure around here may not be as strong as you have, but a garden hose nozzle was able to accomplish "a little progress". So I'm quite likely to put one together more or less like the drawing shows, using real metal pipe and fittings as you indicated. Thanks roadrunner.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2008
3:06 AM

Post #4697312

Be sure to put the little cut off thingy on it so you can turn the water off BEFORE pulling it up from the ground.

A note:

When my DH drew this picture he was in the final stages of brain tumor...I never dreamed he could draw it so well...I just asked him to do it to give him something to do...he drew it beautifully...except my DD added the little cut off valve. I know he would be proud to share it with all of you!! Jo
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2008
3:13 AM

Post #4697334

That is an amazing little device. That pic is so descriptive even I could build one. The soil around here is old strip mine ground so I have horrible tan clay that turns into horrible blue clay. Most of the time I do not bother trying to dig it and just make raised beds but sometimes (due to my water garden obsession) I have to. This will make life a LOT easier.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2008
1:56 AM

Post #4719336

I went by my Church today and one of our members was there to do some gardening...it just so happens he was using a Water Pic...and I had my camera...as usual...here are some pictures of Ralph using the tool. Jo

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2008
1:56 AM

Post #4719342

another...

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2008
1:57 AM

Post #4719346

and another...Jo

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2008
1:58 AM

Post #4719348

last one...Jo

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CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2008
3:43 AM

Post #4790503

BTW I built something like that to sink post for a dock in our lagoon. I used PVC. It worked well.

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