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Dual Cabinet Scrog Build
What's up everyone? I am putting the finishing touches on my 2 grow boxes, figured I'd finally post the build thread. I wanted to post as I went but was too into the work itself to stop for computer time. So here is most of it and I'll update as I do the final touches. Big thanks to those who answered my many questions and to everyone who posted how-to's in the past that helped me.
Starting with a small portion of the tool
Working on the base of the box
Frame of box done
Carbon Filter done. Sorry I didn't post during pictures, its the basic setup: duct, cap, screen, filter, elbow
When attaching walls, I used wood glue before screwing panels down to help give a better seal/strength
Couple Pictures of the Box essentially done
Expanding foam into every joint to prevent light leaks and air escaping
Filter installed into box
Here's a drainage grate from lowes that I used for exhaust. I got 2 with 4" piping and just hammered the inside grates out with a chisel. Place the fan on top of one, put the other on top of the fan, tape and seal the middle chamber, and you have a very small exhaust fan.
Inside the "inline fan"
I hung another computer fan across from the exhaust for circulation. Speaker wire wrapped through eyelets at the top and bottom of the cab allows me to easily raise and lower the fan. I can now recommend 2 of these fans (105mm I believe) if you are trying to reach across a 2-3 foot cab. Any more than that and they won't be worth it. Also, if you are trying to seriously cool the cab with these fans, you won't have much luck. But they do a good job of keeping some circulation.
Plants inside the box
Last edited by mike91sr; 08-25-2011 at 05:04 PM.
Here is my late veg/flower scrog cabinet. The box measures 3x8x5. The current setup includes a u-shape scrog screen. Although the box is 24 sq ft, with the u-shape, I'll be able to extend the screens footprint to 33 sq ft.
The box was built with 2x2 framing throughout and covered with 1/2" waferboard. It came out extremely sturdy, my buddy and I can both be on top of it working.
Here's a component list:
2 - 600w hps lights, 1 ultrasun and 1 ushio bulb
2 600w digital ballasts, 1 nextgen and 1 hydrofarm
2 unknown hoods, both air cooled with glass
Homemade carbon filter, cone shape 8"-6", 32" long
6" ducting throughout
2- honeywell tabletop fans ($15 at target)
2- 4" personal fans ($6 at walmart)
4 - Leftover computer fans, 90-120mm
Hydrofarm 6" 440cfm inline fan in the mail now
I really didnt get many pictures during this build, I had 2 other people helping me and didn't really want to tell them to stop so I could take pictures. I'm afraid they would take a toke break and never come back, so I kept cracking the whip instead.
This is the earliest I took pictures, the frame was built, several panels on, and this picture shows the center screen frame. My dog really wanted to help too.
2 intake holes on the left side of the box, across from the exhaust filter. There's also one smaller hole on the bottom of the right side.
One of the frame before we put on the roof. Each 2x2 crossbeam has a screw through it to hold the light so its weight is spread between 2 of them.
Being that the box is 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide, I just used a 4x8 sheet and then cut a 1x8 to attach above it. I also ran out of white paint before I got this panel in. I'm just going to wait until I can get enough stain to do the ceiling, all the way down the sides, and the top panel. Being that the bare areas are above the lights and below the screen's canopy, I don't foresee too much of a loss in reflectivity. Hole for exhaust is cut into this as well
Left side of the cab coming along
Pots are in, awaiting plants.
Computer fans, power strip and shelf all mounted
4" fans mounted
Portable ac on top of my box. Room temps were getting to 93. Some exhaust blows back in because I haven't gotten my exhaust fan which will push the ac exhaust out the window with it. I've gotten room temps down to 79 with this ac running as well as leaving the closet door open for the central ac to cool the room. I'm rerouting a duct this week to put a vent directly into this room, hopefully that will bring room temps to 72-73.
Any advice/criticism/kudos is greatly appreciated. I'm going to be starting a grow journal, I got my clones sunday. Purple Kush, Strawberry Cough, and Super Silver
I'm a big fan of cabinet builds, very nice. I cut a square out of mine and used a window a/c though, very effective.
Thanks. I would like a window ac but its a walk in closet window, narrower than any ac ive found. Plus my exhaust fan has to go out there unless i route it into the attic. I should mention that i took the filter off the smaller box. Plants barely smell at all and i needed more airflow through the box. Pc fan flows a lot better without that drag
Nice job, I've found proper ventilation is the key to growing in a box.
In my case I cut a hole in my floor and exhaust out a window.
By running the lights at night I keep it a few degrees cooler too.
Thanks for posting this. This is probably how I'm going to have to grow at first if I can't find a place with a proper basement.
So far so good dude, I'll chime in again soon to see your progress - STELTHY
Thanks guys. Waitin on the inline fan, installing a/c vents into the room tomorrow, and I'll be fully operational. For now, all I need is the smaller grow box. Grow journal just started is in my sig. I'm psyched to have this goin, it's been a couple years since I've even helped with a grow!