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6. Now get the pot ready. Drill several 1/4” or 3/8” holes in the bottom and lower sides of the pot. Use care with this or you will bust out the bottom of the pot and have to go back to Home Depot (I hate when that happens). Clean up the holes with a razor knife to remove burrs.
7. Cut a small “V” in the top lip of the pot for the airline tubing to pass through. Use a hacksaw or razor knife to cut this.
8. Mark the orange bucket at the level of the bottom of the flower pot when it is seated on top. You can do this by measuring down with a ruler and marking the level with a permanent marker. Mark this level on the side of the bucket and on the clear indicator tubing. With my pot, it was 7” down from the top of the bucket.
9. Set the bucket up off the floor on a sturdy table or other support; (its final resting place). You need to have it elevated so you can drain solution from it easily. Start adding water one gallon at a time. Check for leaks at the elbow. Stop after adding each measured gallon and mark that on the clear level indicator tube, so you will have the volume indicated once the bucket is set up.
10. Stop adding water when the level reaches an inch above the “bottom of pot” mark. In my case, this took 3 gallons of water.
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