DIY Grow Tent - Cutting all cost corners.

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by ADLpotter, Dec 16, 2009.

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    wonderblunder

    wonderblunder Well-Known Member

    I don't know if I would have cut that many corners........ PVC can be picked up free almost anywhere....... The fittings would cost a few bucks. And Panda plastic and duct tape would get it done real cheap.......
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    well im on a wage of $0 a week but got given some chrissy money so i did up the quality a bit
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    DST

    DST Well-Known Member

    Too true, hahaha, I don't even live in the UK anymore, we Scots always complain about the weather....but then we complain about everything....hahaha. :lol:

    So what's been happening, any pic updates after yer Xmas bonus?

    Peace, DST
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    Well after my chrissy bonus I pretty much built the entire tent I just need some more tape to finish off the plastic, here's a photo


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    DST

    DST Well-Known Member

    Very good, so what sort of light did you go with? Is that one of your gilrs under there at the moment?

    Peace, DST
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    supertank

    supertank Active Member

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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    ended up with a 400W HPS


    and when that photo was taken I was growing Mint and Coriander under it. I now have 2 seedlings in there though :)
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    DST

    DST Well-Known Member

    400, nice choice for that space, are you cooling the light in anyway?

    :peace:
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    not right now, there will soon be an inline fan that sucks air directly from under the light out of the wardrobe and into another room
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    loolagigi

    loolagigi Well-Known Member

    buy a tent........make sure noone turns on a hair dryer within 25 feet, dont wanna knowck it over, haha. not too bad, but seriously, just buy one.
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    well overall it cost me about $50-60 to make this tent minus the light, all the hydro shops in my area sell tents of similar sizes for about $230+ and mine is pretty damn stable the way I've built it, the only reason the plastic is hanging is because it isn't going to be sealed until the fan goes in, and I could build it to an exact size. Not only that but when mine is completely taped up (and yes I've done this and tested it) it's 100% light proof, not a single light leak. No premade grow tent I've seen has been light proof in fact most of them shine heaps of light straight out. I've also built it without any glue so it's also very easy to disassemble should I need to move or hide it.


    So ye if you wanna waste an extra $150+ be my guest.


    Going and buying a fan for it today actually.
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    Sustainable420

    Sustainable420 Active Member

    You should check out plastic lumber instead of PVC. It's made out of recycled plastic, no maintainance, and alot sturdier than piping. PVC blows and it's bad for the environment.
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    Can't believe the people who are worried about PVC being bad for the environment. If you were worried about the environment you wouldn't be growing indoors using a ton of extra electricity.


    It isn't a bad idea but I looked it up and while it'd be a lot sturdier it'd also be a lot more pricey.
    DST and cheesefish like this.
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    DST

    DST Well-Known Member

    You stand your corner bru, +rep.
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    Sorry to all those that didn't get the full instructions i was going to do.


    Will be taking some more close up pics tomorrow and hopefully will be able to properly explain how I built it further by drawing some diagrams and referring to photos. Stay posted
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    2012junkie

    2012junkie Member

    Just saw a pic of your diy grow tent. Holy hell, that is quite possibly the ugliest thing I've EVER seen! LOL! Brother you could of made a sweet little cabinet for 20-30 bucks out of wood! I did. I even had the dude up at home depot cut the plywood down to the exact sizes I wanted so all I had to do was take them home and screw them together. I'm not knockin your project, I love diy projects. Going diy saved me at least $300 on my set up, EASY.
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    I know how easy it is to make out of wood. For my purposes though a wooden cabinet isn't really helpful.

    It isn't the prettiest tent but it does a damn good job and is easy to disassemble (will fit into a postal tube quite easily). And like I've said a million times the reason it looks like arse is coz I haven't sealed the plastic yet.

    The only way wood would be helpful would be to build a wooden frame without any glue and wrap it in plastic, and really whats the point?
    Not only that, but if I ever need to, I can remove sections to rearrange the height/width of it for certain areas. Can a wooden cabinet do that? And being lined with plastic means its waterproof and easy to clean, not to mention the reflectivity of the panda plastic is very high. Not as good as mylar but still pretty good. I can also cut holes and replace them as needed and all I need is a pair of scissors and/or some al tape.


    It's all good I'm happy, I know my plants don't care what it looks like.



    My veg cabinet is a small wooden cabinet but for my flowering I needed something a bit more versatile for my circumstances.
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    2012junkie

    2012junkie Member

    I was actually looking into making a pvc set up when I first thought of the idea. It is more versatile than a wooden cabinet. Like you said, you can easily add and remove shelves or make it bigger if need be. All you need is some pipe, cutters, glue and some fittings. The only reason I decided to go with wood is because I couldn't locate a material I thought was durable and reflective for a reasonable cost. If you know where to find something like that let me know! I would use it for future grow for sure!
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    buggin69

    buggin69 Active Member

    hwo big of a cab did you really make for 20-30 dollars... one sheet of 3/8 pine plywood costs almost 10 dollars these days... that's damn near 30 bucks just for walls
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    ADLpotter

    ADLpotter Active Member

    also keep in mind all prices I've stated are Australian dollars

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