The recycler: patio-umbrella stand

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Date:3 August 2012 Tags:, ,

Popular Mechanics reader Ted Abt found a good use for PVC pipe and a 20-litre plastic bucket left over from a remodelling job.

How to make it
Dump most of a 40 kg bag of concrete into the bucket, add water, and mix. Use duct tape to seal one end of a piece of 40 mm PVC pipe, and push that end into the slurry. After the concrete sets, bore 5 mm drain holes through the bucket. Top the concrete with a layer of gravel covered with potting soil. Plant flowers, and insert a patio umbrella. Enjoy!


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