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Offline Grub

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Wicking principles
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:36:32 PM »
Can anyone explain to me the basics of wicking? Does water generally wick from wetter to dryer, or from higher to lower (gravity)?

For example, my idea is to have a tub of water that I have self watering pots sit in, and then have some kind of wicking medium (like a rag) that goes in the hole of the self watering pot and the other end in the tub. Am I right in thinking the water flow direction is from wetter body of water to the dryer body (ie. inside the pot reservoir)?
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Offline Whwoz

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Re: Wicking principles
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2017, 06:30:17 PM »
yes the flow is from the wetter body to the dryer body.

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Offline Grub

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Re: Wicking principles
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 09:33:45 AM »
Does this mean that water will flow from a larger body of water to a smaller body of water, generally?
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Offline donnyboy

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Re: Wicking principles
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2017, 10:32:28 AM »
Wicking is basically absorption. If you want to understand the science behind it look up "capillary action".