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10. Now it's time to drill the drain holes in the back drainage rail (the one with the t-piece). Set the three Batos onto the frame so they line up evenly between the elbow and the T-piece and mark on the PVC pipe where the drain holes come out:
11. Using the 7/8” spade bit or a 1” hole saw bit, drill the three holes in the very top of the PVC pipe. This is where the Bato drain elbows will fit into the drain pipe.
12. You're really getting there now. This is what it looks like with buckets in place:
13. The remaining 6” piece of PVC pipe is the drain pipe extension. Glue it into the down port of the T-piece. Then using the 2-¼” hole saw, cut a hole in the reservoir lid right where the drain port extension hits the lid, so it will enter it. Cut a smaller 1” hole in the front corner as shown. This is where the hose is going to come up from the pump to the feeder lines.
About Bato (Dutch) Buckets:
Dutch buckets are a fantastic complement to the highly efficient drip irrigation systems. The bucket has a unique patented internal drainage system. The two elbows included with the unit suck overflow water from the lowest level of the bucket and discharge it into a central drainpipe. By doing this, the older, more stagnant nutrients are removed from the bottom of the container, allowing the fresher mix to flow from the top.
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