VERY Stupid Question

drgonzo

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Anyone have a good trick to snapping taracoa(sp)pots into two usable pieces :wall:
 

Moltar

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I only tried once. I bought 3 pots, went home and broke all 3 of them into unusable pieces then went back out and bought some grapewood.

There must be some special kung fu technique for this...
 

Aurelia

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Can you just make the substrated deep enough so you can half-bury it without breaking it?
 

cacoseraph

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i have done three usable pieces, but not a perfect chop in two


i did three pieces by using a knife to stab the pot to break it. needless to day, becareful if you try such a tactic


i do believe i shattered a couple before i got the tech down enough to get a good half piece and two decent sized other pieces


i bury the scraps into centipede and other burrower cages so as to give the substrate some substructure
 

patexan

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A dremel tool with a cutoff wheel should do it, but I agree with the earlier post, bury half of the pot in the substrate.
 

siderdude

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You can buy a masonry blade for a standard circular saw and that works great , just watch your fingers and take it slow.
 

Bark

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I'd ask the guy at the store if he has any broken pots. You may even get a discount.
 

Mina

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With terra cotta pots you can saw them in half with a hacksaw, or cut them with a dremel. They still can break though. They aren't very expensive. I would just buy them and half bury them.
 

mwh9

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First, let me say that I don't think that it is a dumb question. Just some one looking for a good answer. I crossed this bridge once and found that a hack saw with a good blade, fine tooth, will work well. The result was two almost perfect halves. I must also say that I will never do this again. Find something else that will work. Those things come in plastic also.
 

pinkfoot

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A word of caution here ~ terracotta pots and even plastic pots to a lesser degree, can have extremely sharp edges once cut/kung-fu'd, etc, so don't forget to file or sand the edges and resultant corners. :razz:

I don't advocate using a whole pot with half of it buried for all species. Some are too big and will dig down to the 'other side' of the pot....and then what? Just a thought... ;)
 

dragonblade71

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Pinkfoot: "Some are too big and will dig down to the 'other side' of the pot....and then what?"

I guess they'll turn around...!
 

Moltar

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I've found that i get more enjoyment out of setting up an enclosure around an interesting piece of wood. It looks more natural and i get to be more creative.

Grapewood for dry t's, cork for wet ones.
 
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