For those of you who follow my trials and tribulations, you will know that I prefer 500mm PVC pipes as growbeds. As they say, “go BEEEG, or go home.” Problem is these pipes weigh 100’s of kg’s and present huge logistical problems to get to site and then to work with.
On Friday last week the truck with our 12 pipes (and 26 x 110mm pipes for strawberry towers) arrived. Well, not exactly arrived. We got it as far as Simola Golf Estate at 7pm and then I chickened out. There was absolutely no way that the truck would fit down the narrow pass to the Gouna site and I made a spot decision to offload just outside the main entrance. If the truck had got stuck in the pass it would have caused huge problems, not able to go forwards or backwards and effectively blocking the pass. With a R50 payment to the security guard to keep an eye on our R30 000 pipes for the night, we offloaded in pitch darkness, with the first pipe (ouch) shattering against a stone as it fell off of the truck.
The next morning we arrived with a landcruiser and a long trailer and slowly (and very carefully) transported the pipes to site over four trips, braving sheer 300m drop-off’s, hairpin bends and 6m long pipes hanging off the end of the trailer. Nerves shot, we finished at 1PM. Some action shots.
In case you’re wondering what in heavens name I do with pipes this size, we cut them lengthwise and make growbeds that look like this.
Cheers for now.