Michael Gaglio

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Here is a video of a portable tippy tap design.  Pardon the plug for the GoFundMe...it's the only vid I have right now. The splashing on the feet is kinda nice on a hot day in the desert, where I am.  All scrap lumber.  Really only need a total of 16' of 2*4 and a skinny broom handle for the foot lever and bottle holder.  Bleach bottles work great, as do minute maid OJ.  

Have fun.

Tippy Tap: https://youtu.be/8UkxLnP_8hU

7 months ago
We do a lot of water harvesting work in West TX/southern NM.  The tool that we all love for shaping swales is a really sturdy McLeod.  We use a pick mattock and pointed breaker bar (that big heavy metal toothpick thing) to loosen things up a bit.  Then shape it with the McLeod.  It has a sturdy hoe end for moving sand, the tine side works great with bigger rocks ~4-6" and it is just wide enough that it moves a good amount of material without being overly heavy.  

Pro tip - procure good quality, sturdy hand tools.  Personally, I prefer middle- priced, wooden handle tools.  The new expensive tools are nice, and hold up well, but in my case (I own a landscape/land restoration business and run a botanical garden and nature preserve) even the best tools are still no match for a tractor or truck wheel when errantly left on the ground, or a forgetful employee, or an ambitious yet inexperienced volunteer, or, worse a thief.  I've seen a lot of folks weld metal pipe handles on to thier tools...okay, but heavy.  Middle-of the-road tools are great.  I love to find used tools, but when I need 20 shovels for a volunteer work day, a trip to the hardware store is usually necessary.

Anyway, I went off on a tool tangent here.  To work Rocky soils, a McLeod is great.   In this case, get a really good one.  And have patience...everything good in the desert seems to go a bit slower.  
11 months ago