Burning drainage holes

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Burning drainage holes

I used to employ brute force to put drainage holes in the bottom of my recycled containers for planting, but somehow, the joy of stabbing plastic cups with a pointy object wears thin after a while.

I'd heard that some people use a soldering iron to melt the holes in, but I don't own one. So instead I found a small metal tool from a cheap nail care kit, and lit up a candle. I hold the metal tool in the flame for a few seconds, by which time it is hot enough to easily slide into the thin plastic of the yogurt cups I favor. The handle is long enough that the part I hold onto never gets more than pleasantly warm. An old screw driver or pocket knife would work just as well.

The plastic is so thin that I've never noticed any smell or fumes besides the scent of the scented candle. The metal tool does get rather crusty with burned plastic after a while, so I wouldn't use anything I wanted to keep in good shape. Using this method I can quickly and easily prepare a platoon of cups for spring planting.

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