Grow Room Design with Professor Matt "Veganics" Rize
by, 10-02-2010 at 03:26 PM (2438 Views)
Okay, just figured out how to post, and the nation is demanding a journal.
I'll start with room design, since I have no idea how these journal are supposed to work. And some vague terms are used for safety, I am a public Cannabis figure.
My room was built from scratch to meet local regulations. There is no way my garden will be illegal, unless 19 passes and the city decides to ban indoor. Or 215 is overturned. Then I'll move.
The room is a simple design, built for ease of maintenance and simplicity. My room is a basic 10x12, with an additional 4x4 addition. The addition has a 4x4 tray on which sits my hydrofarm AC, a dehumidifier, and my reservoir. These drain into the tray, and then out. If the reservoir is ever left filling, and I'm so high that I forget, it can run over forever because it just drains out. Res overfilling happens to many indoor growers, casualty of the industry, lol ZAP.
Above the equipment in the addition is a shelf to hold nutes, and the CO2 system. I use a fuzzy logic sniffer/controller with a 50 lb Aluminum tank (located outside the room). Also, this is where my small boy is mounted. The work zone, if you will.
I have one large tray, the black plastic 8x4. One 4x4 black plastic tray, and one slightly smaller 4x4 white tray. You will see why that is later... but it comes down to I move the two smaller trays, but not the big one when I water. The drays are plumbed to drain, and hooked up to outflow hoses, just like the tray that hold my AC/dehue/res. This allows me to wash down my trays during the grow cycle. I will never drain into 5 gallon buckets and hand empty again. Gravity does the work for me, so I can rinse my trays after watering.
My res has a tiny sump pump, hose, high quality wand/breaker. I rinse out the breaker after every watering if I'm using mosquito dunks. That is how I top feed, minimal effort. All I do is slide the trays apart, lift pots to see what needs water, stake it if it is dry, then water, then rinse, then push the trays back together. BOOM
What else. The room is painted with a mildew resistant semi-gloss white. The ceiling are 7 ft, and the room in technically free standing and my garage door still opens (to a wall 6" inside, but still operational for the landlady. I can also wipe the ceiling without a stool, super nice for between round cleaning.
The hoods are yield master twos. I balance MH and HPS. digital galaxy ballasts. the ballasts are located in another room as well. The hoods are aircooled by an 8" fan, and sealed from the room. THERE IS NO INTAKE OR EXHAUST in case you missed that the room is 95+% sealed (always a leak, but that is good for pressure equalization)
The room that houses the ballast, is also my air exchange room for my A/C, and it has its own exhaust.
The floor is cement, ..time to go check out the outdoor, more later. I'm bringing down ((sour diesel x lavender) x a local kush). Two points if you can come up with a cool yet representative name for me.