Let me start by telling you that DIY in Dubai is taking the concept to a whole new level. Between sourcing all the pieces and parts to do something, to actually finding the location Google Map thinks he knows exactly where is or best, getting yourself understood by the salesman when you don't even know the name of what you are looking for... It has been a huge challenge. The challenge was very interesting, I learned a lot and am confident to take any DIY project today in Dubai.
Power Tools and spanners
I must admit, I took a certain pleasure finding those places in dark alleys around Al Qouz or venturing as far and daunting as going to Deira.
I haven't done previous to this project any major DIY built. I know for a fact that I can coordinate my hands thanks to my brain and so, my confidence level was high :)
A little bonus was that the office where I work is still a construction site, so I could get some parts and above all, some precious cordless power drill and other grinders.
I needed to get equipped with the minimum power tools needed for building a DIY aquaponics IBC tote system. All in all, a power drill, a grinder with metal and wood cutting discs will be a good start. They come in a variety of prices and of course, you get what you pay for. I was lucky to find a used DeWalt power drill and got the grinder from Dragonmart. I also bought a sanding machine as I had big plans for a nice cladding all around the IBC.
Measure twice, cut...once
The saying goes as the title says: measure twice and cut once. Why is it so famous and yet so few of us are brave enough to use it... :)
It is a learning curve and I am grateful to live in the YouTube era where you can find videos on how to build anything that is legally doable. So thanks to YouTube big time. I will eventually have my own Dubai Aquaponics YouTube channel at some point. In the same time, put your protective glasses, face masks, gloves and other PPEs you will need to do this job the safest way possible.
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I am a French expat, married, dad of one, nature lover and firm believer of sustainable living. My background is leisure and tourism industry. I fell into aquaponics and now I am sharing with you my adventure.