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Drainagenet fixing

Post  Klaudia & Martin on Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:04 pm

Hello together

In the past we have been a little annoyed by the fixing of the nets on the drainage holes.....the wire never really fits Embarassed.

Some weeks ago while working on a pot Martin came up with the idea of 2 small extra holes beside the drainage holes. This works very fine....easy to do and you can use the finest wire!

I'm pretty sure someone has done that before....but I don't know and never the less like to share it!

A few pics will show best.....

Kind regards
Klaudia


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Re: Drainagenet fixing

Post  Kev Bailey on Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:26 pm

I bet every bonsai potter is now wondering "why didn't I think of that!" Such a simple idea but so obviously of great benefit. Less wire used, no wires de-stabilising accent pots and no straggly ends to scratch valuable stands.

I get really fed up of bending those little figure of 8 "staple" things (that should have a name, but if they do I don't know it) to hold my mesh in at repotting time. They always need lots of tweaking to get them just right. It also still annoys me that I once saw someone producing them almost automatically with a few flicks of the wrist, and I still can't do that after 30 years of trying!

Genius, Martin. Keep on innovating!

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Drainage net fixing.

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:37 pm

I just use a bigger piece of netting, & I don't bother with a staple. I have too many other catastrophes to worry about.
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Post  Tom Benda on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:48 pm

I´ve done that on some few of my pots. I don´t use it since last spring, when I used bigger nets, as bonsaisr wrote. But to Kev´s note about scratching valuable stands - I use to do a little depression between the holes for the anchoring wire. Wire is then hidden under the surface of the bottom. And I don´t do that on every pot, just because I didn´t get used to that yet.

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:50 am

Tom Benda wrote:But to Kev´s note about scratching valuable stands
That's why professional bonsai pots always have feet.
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Post  Erik Križovenský on Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:59 am

...very nice idea, thank you for sharing.
Can see that a company MKW is creative - super.

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Post  Tom Benda on Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:47 am

Sure, bonsaisr! :-) I was caught by the idea so much. I did my nuts with the answer :-) I should not write about scratching, but the other thing - about the view under the bottom, wires are not visible.

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Post  peter krebs on Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:43 pm

Hi Martin,

a nice idea from you, that fits well with the good quality of your pots. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: Drainagenet fixing

Post  Kev Bailey on Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:48 pm

That's why professional bonsai pots always have feet.

Not always, accent pots quite often don't. Crescent pots usually don't either. Some pots are so small or the feet so shallow that they are difficult to wire in the tree or drain hole mesh without the wires being obvious or sticking down so far that they make the pot wobbly.

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Re: Drainagenet fixing

Post  Klaudia & Martin on Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:22 pm

Hello together

@Kev...thank you!
I get really fed up of bending those little figure of 8 "staple" things to hold my mesh in at repotting time. They always need lots of tweaking to get them just right.
That really could be Martin's words.... Very Happy .....!

@Tom
I think I know what you mean! Martin has tried it on his pots but wasn't really satisfied with the final look!

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Thanks for your kind words Peter and Erik!

Kind regards
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Re: Drainagenet fixing

Post  Storm on Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:29 pm

Ive actually thought of that before too, but I cant make a pot to save my life...
I have a few pots with holes, but Ive used them to easier secure the tree in it. To me, thats the hardest bit, to actually not make it wobbly.
Now, hopefully, pots will have more holes in them!

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Re: Drainagenet fixing

Post  prestontolbert on Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:54 pm

I tried those "mole tunnels" same as you, Martin. My problem was that the groove was prone to cracking.

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Post  bumblebee on Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:33 pm

I have been simply putting in a piece of mesh a little bigger on the bottom of the pot without anchoring it down at all. What is the reason for the wire to hold the mesh in place? I don't think I've had any adverse effects from doing it my way. Could it be just tradition? Or is there a more substantial purpose?

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Post  bumblebee on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:55 pm

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Re: Drainagenet fixing

Post  Klaudia & Martin on Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:25 am

You are absolutely right Libby....there is no real need for the fixing.

.... but personally I like this tradition Smile

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Post  Klaudia & Martin on Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:28 am

....and thanks for your tipp Preston.....I hope you are wrong....that pot has only been bisque-fired yet.

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