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  1. So I was reminded how much fun planting seeds can be this week when my 3 yr old grandson helped me plant some tomato seeds. Not sure which one of us had more fun. His older brother loves it as well. I was also reminded of the importance of good potting mix. I tried to use something new for some seeds this year- trying coir- which is from coconut husks. I put it in the same category as peat pots- it dries much too quickly. I'm glad I didn't use it for everything.....
  2. A couple of quick points- No- I haven't used fans, but I have considered it- Fluorescent lights (probably LED also) let you get the plants closer to the bulbs without the excess heat you can get from other sources. They can be just a few inches away and that helps to keep the plants from "reaching" to the light which can lead to leggy plants. As Cheech mentioned, it's essential that you harden off the tender young plants before placing them outside. So a few hours a day to start, back indoors at night, not in direct mid-day sun to start, sheltered from strong winds, keep inside on days with harsh weather, etc If you need more guidance on that i am sure one of us can provide. It's not rocket science, nor do you have to be perfect in following the schedule. But if you just place them directly outside, they will not be happy.
  3. If it has worked for you in the past, no need to change up. If you're trying to grow full size plants and get them to the point where they will flower/fruit, then you really need to pay attention to the color spectrum of the bulbs. You can get full blown grow lights or just mix a daylight and cool light bulb in a 2 bulb fixture to better approximate full spectrum bulbs. I've used incandescent, fluorescents, and even a metal halide fixture over the years. Cheap fluorescent shop lights with daylight and cool light bulbs have proven just fine for me . 16-18 hours on day . Since you'll presumably be moving these peppers out to natural sunlight I wouldn't worry about it if it's been working.
  4. PS- I prefer plastic pots- those Jiffy peat pellets are a great concept, but I've found them and peat pots to dry out too quickly. I recycle the pots each year- a 10% bleach rinse or dunk and a rinse in the utility sink. A silver Sharpie is a quick way to label vs tags
  5. I find planting seeds as good wintertime therapy- I've been ending up with 16-20 flats of flowers, veggies and herbs most years Some don't make it every year, but enough do to fill the gardens up and there are a lot more varieties available via seeds than as plants....but i still do buy a lot as plants each year. I grow lots of heirloom tomatoes I'd never find as plants A couple of quick thoughts 1) Cheap shop lights work just fine- get the plants close to the bulbs- I move mine up as the plants grow- it keeps them from getting leggy. 2) heat mats are really helpful for some plants, but it depends what you are growing. Tomatos, peppers and other heat loving plants will germinate much faster with a $20 heat mat. 3) Don't over or underwater- those plastic domes work well until germination. The seedling mix, size of pots, airlfow, and temp all really influence how often you need to water. I've lost many plants due to both under and over watering. My best tip would be to avoid very small pots- eg 4 packs are better than 6 packs and to check the plants often. 4) Seeds are usually pretty cheap- at least for what you've described. It's OK to overplant as far as density and thin them. Or just you can just transplant the extras and give them away- it's why I give away dozens of tomatoes each year Have fun...and start soon ,,,,wishing I had a small green house and a bigger garden
  6. Just a thought, but if it was me, I'd try to verify that this didn't need more than a flooring guy vs dealing with an underlying structural issue. A buddy fixed a ~ 3/4" did across a hallway before he redid the floor. Bag after bag of leveling compound. Never could convince even himself that he shouldn't have addressed something in the basement. The previous carpet hit it well.....
  7. thoughts on what looks like plastic plumbers tape as a hanger vs metal tape or the plastic J hangers?
  8. all good. back up running. Thanks for the thoughts
  9. Actually it was the service guy that did that. Pulled a hot off the board and jumped it to the valve to verify it was working. He had already come to conclusion board was bad (no 24v at valve, no connections loose,, etc). He said he just wanted to double check and make sure valve was still good- said that they don't fail very often in his experience but he wanted to be sure. I had not detected 24V to the valve but wanted verification that there wasnt' something else that might be a simpler fix.
  10. Thanks for all the thoughts. I had someone come by and take a peek. Turns out my board is bad. Ugh. But he did look at all the easier stuff first and also "hotwired" to verify that the gas valve is good. Hopefully new part will be in a day or two. The joys of home ownership. FWIW, I had done some testing on my own yesterday and had come to the same conclusion, but wasn't confident enough to just spend $150+ just to swap out another part. Thankfully I've got this guy that does this on the side so the hit wont' be too bad and I'll have him check my AC and heat pump for a spring checkup while he's here next.
  11. OK. So new ignitor installed and unfortunately that doesn't solve it. I pulled the gas rail (or whatever it is called so that I could listen to the orifices over the sound of the fan. I didn't hear any gas either before or after the ignitor glowed. Any tips on anything else I might do to diagnose? No flashing lights/ error codes. i'm guessing either a bad gas valve or the valve isn't getting the signal from the board.
  12. I had the same thing happen with a Ryobi a few years after I purchased it years ago- batteries were dead and the replacements were more expensive than upgrading to a larger and better unit- also Ryobi. I really liked the ergonomics of that little 12V drill, but couldn't rationalize the expensive replacements- also from a 3rd party supplier. I've subsequently been able to swap the Nicads that came with the 2nd unit to Lithium Ion and have never looked. Worth every penny. FWIW, my brother-in-law had the exact same experiences with Makita NiCd. He's got several gently used Makita's sitting on the shelf with bad batteries that don't make economic sense to replace. As Wayne said- old technology. If you got 4 years out of a HF cordless I'd be satisfied.
  13. pulled the ignitor. Nothing obvious. Very gently cleaned with alcohol and wet-dry paper. Restistance of 47 ohms. Heard some clicks when I turned furnace on, ignitor glowed, then another click, but no ignition..Worth replacing ignitor?
  14. Would still see a glow if the ignitor was bad?
  15. No pilot light- ignitor gets hot and fires up gas. When not running there is not pilot flame. might be able to try cleaning ignitor