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post #2626 of 5754
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Originally Posted by Medwed View Post

Thinking of installing Fontini electrical switches in my home. Anyone have experince with them? My concern is reliability.
http://www.lab-electro.com/catalog/fontini/switch/fontini.html

For the bathrooms:


For the rooms:



I' ve never realised that there are so many options and designs...


why?

especially the bathroom ones

if you have an older house, get some of the faux vintage push button switches if you insist on being different.
post #2627 of 5754
The 2nd looks pretty cool but I think I'd tire of it.

I have finally gotten around to buying some supplies to do some in door herb planting. I have the pots, a bag of potting soil, and a bag perlite. Could I reasonably make decent potting mix with just soil and perlite? If so, what's a good ratio? Some web searching I've done so far suggests I'd need some more items like moss in addition to soil and perlite. I'm not a serious gardner (at least for now) so would really just want something that can keep some decent herbs (basil, rosemary, mint and thyme/oregano) alive for a while (a few months minimum).
post #2628 of 5754
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

The 2nd looks pretty cool but I think I'd tire of it.

I have finally gotten around to buying some supplies to do some in door herb planting. I have the pots, a bag of potting soil, and a bag perlite. Could I reasonably make decent potting mix with just soil and perlite? If so, what's a good ratio? Some web searching I've done so far suggests I'd need some more items like moss in addition to soil and perlite. I'm not a serious gardner (at least for now) so would really just want something that can keep some decent herbs (basil, rosemary, mint and thyme/oregano) alive for a while (a few months minimum).

1/4 perlite. You might consider a compact cfl set up if you live in the northern latitudes.

Edit: Be sure to post a smoke report.
post #2629 of 5754
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(basil, rosemary, mint and thyme/oregano)

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
post #2630 of 5754
Your local dispensary should be able to answer those questions.
post #2631 of 5754
On the subject of gardening, the container tomatoes did really well. Never did have any serious fungus problem though spider mites took their toll. Next year I'm going to invest a hundred bucks in a bottle of real miticide. The various oils and soaps sold in garden stores don't work at all.

Next year I am going to grow more determinate tomatoes or "semi-determinates" like the celebrity that stay the same height but continue to produce new branches. Maybe it was just the spider mites but the indeterminates tended to get very defoliated on the bottom even as they grew tall. I bet I would get more fruit overall by growing more determinates, closer together, and rotating them out.

Also, the "Homestead 24" tomatoes were awful. Not only did they not do any better in the heat than any of the other plants, but after the first crop their fruits were all tiny (and thick-skinned and poor-tasting to boot). I pulled them out back in July.
post #2632 of 5754
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Originally Posted by Medwed View Post

Thinking of installing Fontini electrical switches in my home. Anyone have experince with them? My concern is reliability.
http://www.lab-electro.com/catalog/fontini/switch/fontini.html

For the bathrooms:


For the rooms:



I' ve never realised that there are so many options and designs...

We have a couple of dozen of these from fontini in our house -



We had two intermediary switches that just inexplicably didn't work at all, fresh out the box, but the supplier replaced them and we have had no other problems. They've been up and running about 18 months now. They make a very satisfying click and feel sturdy - I have no worries they'll last. They look great too.
post #2633 of 5754

I'd be willing to bet those violate our local building codes.

post #2634 of 5754
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

On the subject of gardening, the container tomatoes did really well. Never did have any serious fungus problem though spider mites took their toll. Next year I'm going to invest a hundred bucks in a bottle of real miticide. The various oils and soaps sold in garden stores don't work at all.

Next year I am going to grow more determinate tomatoes or "semi-determinates" like the celebrity that stay the same height but continue to produce new branches. Maybe it was just the spider mites but the indeterminates tended to get very defoliated on the bottom even as they grew tall. I bet I would get more fruit overall by growing more determinates, closer together, and rotating them out.

Also, the "Homestead 24" tomatoes were awful. Not only did they not do any better in the heat than any of the other plants, but after the first crop their fruits were all tiny (and thick-skinned and poor-tasting to boot). I pulled them out back in July.

You Could also try lady bugs to take care of the spider mites. You can get around 1500 for like 7bucks. You mix soda (coke, dr pepper, etc) with water 50/50. and spray it on the lady bugs so they can't fly off of the plants. They eat spider mites while both there adult and larval stages. Cheap and Organic.

post #2635 of 5754
How long does that spray concoction keep the lady bugs flight out of commission?
post #2636 of 5754
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You Could also try lady bugs to take care of the spider mites. You can get around 1500 for like 7bucks. You mix soda (coke, dr pepper, etc) with water 50/50. and spray it on the lady bugs so they can't fly off of the plants. They eat spider mites while both there adult and larval stages. Cheap and Organic.

I think I'm going to go with the poison, thanks.
post #2637 of 5754
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Originally Posted by E,TF View Post

We have a couple of dozen of these from fontini in our house -



We had two intermediary switches that just inexplicably didn't work at all, fresh out the box, but the supplier replaced them and we have had no other problems. They've been up and running about 18 months now. They make a very satisfying click and feel sturdy - I have no worries they'll last. They look great too.

Thank you, nice to know. Love the porcelain body. I bet they were not cheap in UK.
post #2638 of 5754
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

How long does that spray concoction keep the lady bugs flight out of commission?


About a week or so. What most people do is get say 1500 which is good for 500sqft or so. and release half one week and one the next week. 

post #2639 of 5754
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Skatenc123 View Post

You Could also try lady bugs to take care of the spider mites. You can get around 1500 for like 7bucks. You mix soda (coke, dr pepper, etc) with water 50/50. and spray it on the lady bugs so they can't fly off of the plants. They eat spider mites while both there adult and larval stages. Cheap and Organic.

I think I'm going to go with the poison, thanks.

 

 

Ataturk never met a chemical he didn't want to immediately spread on his lawn, while ranting about how the MSM lies about it but the police are always right when they spray it in someone's eyes, and bragging that he gets it for cheap from his off-shore sources.

 

:)

post #2640 of 5754
The MSM does lie about chemical pesticides. That's why this guy is suggesting buying 1500 live bugs and spraying them with Fanta orange. I spent a whole summer spraying 2 gallons of useless oil/water mixes once a week and I'm through with that crap.
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