Like most of us, I have fallen for the $5 plastic ones from giant hardware stores but have found that after a season, or maybe two on the outside - it simply falls apart or some one drops it from a great height (don't ask) or the dog thinks its a toy and I have to buy another and another and another. One day, not so many moons ago I found an old metal watering can at a garage sale that I managed to buy for a whole $2!
Its fantastic! It doesn't disintegrate in the sun, it takes dropping from a great height and even if the dog was still alive to use it as a toy, he wouldn't be able to do much damage to a metal watering can!
Then last week - my watering can developed a leak!! Its was a small but annoying hole and my can would water my foot as well as the plants. Now I love my $2 investments and love it even more when I can fix them and keep using them so I wasn't about to give up that easily!
Here's what I did...
One of our neighbours has a husband who has a welder thing-a-mo and today I heard him zzzz-ing things together and stuck my head over the fence. I asked him if he could zap my wee watering can and plug the leak for me and he reckoned the can was too soft/small/wrong for that sort of thing - and why didn't I just put a smear of silicon on the hole...
Well why didn't I think of that?? He took my wee can away and soldered it up anyway - mainly because he could and sent me home to put some vege oil on the inside.
So, with a bit of help from the neighbour - my watering can is back on duty, in its spot under the tap and waiting for me to get about my watering duties without getting a wet foot!
Green-ness: 4/5 for fixing it rather than binning it
Fruganess: 5/5 for waiting till the neighbour had his welder going anyway - cheaper for us both!
Time cost: About 2 seconds for the solder and 10 seconds for the oil!
Skill level: His very high - mine very low. Just splash and tip
Fun -ness: Now I can use it again without getting a wet foot its much more fun!