On Friday, April 25, 2014 6:29:16 AM UTC-4, dadiOH wrote:
And as others have said, temperature plays a big role. If it's 70s
and the weeds are actively growing, it's going to kill them faster
and more effectively than if it's 40F. Even in the best of times
you're not going to see them totally dead in just a few days.
I just got off the phone with a friend. When he and his family moved
to a new old house, he went around cleaning things up. On top of the
hall closet (which didnt' reach the semi-cathedral ceiling) he found a
box or two with wires, so he cut them out. It turns out the box was
the receiver for the remote control so someone coming home at niight
could turn on 2 floodlights at each of the four corners of the house, 8
big floodlights. After he cut the thing out, of course that didn't
It was hand-designed and assembled, and spread over the wall in his
basement, the latching relay and another relay and the wires to the top
of the closet (and a manual switch to turn the lights on), and it took
me an hour to figure out how it all worked. I bought a receiver for
about 4 dollars that seemed to burn out right away, and the online
vendor sent me another one, that also seemed to work for a second and
then burn out. They had no specs but I still thought they would work
with the small current to the relay coil. But after that I found a
transmitter and receiver at Sears, for Sears and other garage door
openers. I installed that, and tested it from 20 feet past the far
curb, and it worked fine. But for some reason they're not using it. I
asked him and he just mumbled. His wife is 67 and walks slowly for
overweight or some medical reason, and she's probably not going to slim
So I don't know why it doesn't work now, but it doesn 't.
That's the sort of thing my husband would do. Daughter once came in
yelling, "Mom! He's done a bad thing. Took down something that looks
important from the roof of the back house." Turns out it was the gutter.
Why did he take it down? Dunno. So now we have some rotted siding. He did
put some gutter back up after I got after him but it is white. The rest of
the gutter is green. So now when I look out there I think I see snow.
That sucks. I try not to mess with stuff if I don't know what it is.
On Friday, April 25, 2014 1:24:36 PM UTC-4, KenK wrote:
Pre-mixed weed killer is worse than buying pre-mixed antifreeze. At
least with pre-mixed antifreeze, you're only paying 2X. With weedkillers,
it could be 10X+. Generally, the more concentrated, it is the less
expensive it is per gallon applied. If you need anymore than a very
minimal amount, buying a tank sprayer and the concentrated form is the
way to go.
Yeah, I wonder who chooses the colors. I bought a digital meter from
Amazon with, for a couple settings, dark green writing on a black
background, and even though I turned on a bright light and saw what they
are, under normal conditions, I can't see enough to remind me.
Do you think the light is different in China?
Agreed. And if you buy concentrate, don't buy it at HD, Lowes, et al...buy
it at an agricultural chemical supply place. For example, the last
RoundUp/Rodeo I bought was a 2.5 gallon jug of concentrate, enough to make
200-300 gallons. Cost was $45. If that is more than you need, sell it to
your neighbors (at a profit, of course).
On Friday, April 25, 2014 4:27:20 PM UTC-4, dadiOH wrote:
Yes, my 10X+ estimate was conservative. If you buy 3 gallons of the
50% stuff, the cost advantage is many times that. I bought 3 gallons
of glyphosate for about ~80 a decade ago. It's just about gone now.
IDK how much I've made, but I've filled up my 3 gallon backpack
sprayer many times. I used it to kill my entire lawn for a renovation,
among other things. Probably made somewhere around your 200 gallon
number and I still have maybe 20% of it left.
BTW, the joke was that he complained about all the warnings, so I warned
him about the warnings.
Tomorrow became today and I looked.
Almost half of the dandelions are drooping, and the others may be
drooping by tomorrow. At first I thought new ones had opened since
yesterday, and maybe they have, but I also saw those about to open that
were drooping badly. So even the new ones are likely to die, I think.
I guess I've never used weed poison whilie the dandelions were
flowering, because I thought they were invincible. But they're not.
Some rain today and tomorrow. I will spray on Sunday.
On Friday, April 25, 2014 6:06:45 PM UTC-4, Pico Rico wrote:
Forget about the trips to the store. I paid ~$80 for I think it was
3 gallons a decade ago. DaddiOh says he just paid $45 for 2.5 gallons.
I see online where 2.5 or 3 gallons is $65. So, who cares if the price
has come down a little? The point is that if you buy the pre-mixed
you're paying 10 or 30X that price, not that 3 gallons of 50% concentrate
is $25 less today. You're saving $1000+ so who cares about +/- $25?
yes, of course. I was just chiming in. I have my own stash of gly, etc. in
the big jugs and high concentrations. But I limited my purchases when I
knew the price was going to be coming down - buying just a couple 2.5 gallon
jugs, rather than more. Timing is everything.
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