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A Water Level Indicator
« on: July 06, 2017, 11:15:52 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, benhuntin. This user is located in Crawfordville, Florida Zone 8b. This was originally posted on March 15, 2011.

I use 2 or 3 plastic drinking straws linked together with a piece of Styrofoam attached to the end. Put this into the fill tube. With the foam end of the indicator resting on the bottom of the earthbox, cut the straw even with the top of the pipe. It makes a great light weight water level indicator. I just look out my window to see which boxes need to be filled.

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 11:17:45 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, alwayslearning. This user is located in SF Bay Area near SJ Zone 8b. This was originally posted on March 15, 2011.

That's a great idea for early in the season, especially if you have to hand-carry containers of water to fill your box.

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 11:19:32 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, czfl_jo. This user is located in Zone 9 on the East Coast in Central Florida. This user is located in March 15, 2011.

Absolutely stupendous idea!! I will be copying this tomorrow! Awesome!!

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 11:21:42 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is located in Zone 10a - near Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on March 16, 2011.

If you cut the straw even with top of fill tube, when water level goes down, you can't see the straw.

Oh, cut it when reservoir is empty!   But if box is already running, can't do that.  How about a mark or colored tape around the straw at full level and at "add water" level?

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2017, 11:23:01 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, benhuntin. This user is located in Crawfordville, Florida Zone 8b. This was originally posted on March 17, 2011.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is located in Zone 10a - near Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on March 16, 2011.

If you cut the straw even with top of fill tube, when water level goes down, you can't see the straw.

Oh, cut it when reservoir is empty!   But if box is already running, can't do that.  How about a mark or colored tape around the straw at full level and at "add water" level?

It doesn't matter whether the earthbox has water or not. If it already has water just push the straw down until it hits the bottom and then cut the straw even with the top of the tube. When you let go the straw will pop up from the buoyancy of the foam. The tape thing will work also, just try to keep as much weight off the straws as possible.
I just look out my window and when I cant see the straw I go and water.

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 11:23:49 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, sgtbob. This was originally posted on December 24, 2011.

I used some old wine corks I had on hand and a piece of wire (light weight shirt hangers), allowed the cork to sit on the bottom of the fill tube in my EB, painted a line at the top of the wire, bored a hole in a cheap plastic cap (any spray paint can top) inserted the wire, filled the EB with water. I am able to see how much water the box needs from the wire protruding from the cap. Not very sophisticated, but it works.

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2017, 11:25:10 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, baileyj. This user is located in Zone 7A---Annapolis, Maryland. This was originally posted on December 26, 2011.

I like the  cork and wire idea...the wind here would make it hard with the straw, but I guess the straw is in the box so it should not matter if it is windy....I will try the cork/wire....
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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2017, 11:26:40 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, BethanyJ. This was originally posted on January 28, 2012.

My husband has a couple really long bobbers that may work. I also have plenty of corks and coat hangers that I could try. I do like the water level indicator. It makes it easy to see at a quick glance whether I need to add water or not.

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2017, 11:27:29 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, jphillips. This was originally posted on February 23, 2012.

A very small diameter wooden dowel (fitted into a cork) works great also.

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2017, 11:28:51 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, mobius. This user is located in Zone 5a. This was originally posted on February 23, 2012.

I used longish bamboo skewers (normally used for barbecuing) poked into wine bottle corks, and used a black Sharpie to mark low water level on the top end of the skewers. They bob along just fine and the skewer is sharpened on one end to push into the cork. Easy to spot from inside the house (my garden is on two decks).

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2017, 11:30:48 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on June 1, 2012.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, mobius. This user is located in Zone 5a. This was originally posted on February 23, 2012.

I used longish bamboo skewers (normally used for barbecuing) poked into wine bottle corks, and used a black Sharpie to mark low water level on the top end of the skewers. They bob along just fine and the skewer is sharpened on one end to push into the cork. Easy to spot from inside the house (my garden is on two decks).

Let's see... 105 EBs = 105 corks = 105 bottles of wine... I LIKE that idea

Mickie

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2017, 11:33:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, bdank. This user is located in Zone 7 - Northern Virginia (Fredericksburg). This was originally posted on June 1, 2012.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on June 1, 2012.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, mobius. This user is located in Zone 5a. This was originally posted on February 23, 2012.

I used longish bamboo skewers (normally used for barbecuing) poked into wine bottle corks, and used a black Sharpie to mark low water level on the top end of the skewers. They bob along just fine and the skewer is sharpened on one end to push into the cork. Easy to spot from inside the house (my garden is on two decks).

Let's see... 105 EBs = 105 corks = 105 bottles of wine... I LIKE that idea

Mickie

I need 50, looks like it's going to be a busy weekend

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Re: A Water Level Indicator
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2017, 11:36:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, Avalone. This user is located in Catalina Island, Southern California, Zone 10. This was originally posted on February 24, 2013.

I use bristles from a broom set in a wine bottle cork.