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I went with the corrugated pipe. It works great. It's rigid enough to support a plant, so I'm happy. ...
nice! got pics of the whole setup from the inside?
That is pretty cool, I never would've thought to use that kinda pipe. I hope it holds up for you, I know its pretty thin. How much water are you pumping thru that thing?
Drolove, I'll grab some later today if I get a chance. It's all symmetrical. The frame is simply four 20'' diameter, side-to-side not corner-to-corner, octagons that have 2 legs on 4 of the sides. I used 2x3's for it. I did have a problem with the system leaning, but that's what the bungees in the photos are for.
Stonetech, I tried starting with 4'' pvc and bending it into a circle with heat, but it didn't work. Even with a heat blanket and plugs designed for PVC, it just kept caving in on itself. I haven't seen anybody use corrugated pipe either, so I was a bit skeptical. Although, this stuff is way more rigid than I thought it was. I was under the impression that the rigidity of the pipe wouldn't be enough to support the plants, but I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that it's strong enough. If you get a chance, hit up the big-box DIY store and feel some corrugated pipe. Plus, this pipe is designed to be underground, so it's designed to be fairly rigid.
Here's a video. Don't mind the music, it didn't even get to the good part. But that's your's truly on vocals
Looks good and really interesting use of that type of pipe. Might want to wrap those tubes in some type of reflective material to keep temps down though.
In the basement I'm constantly running a reservoir temp of 68 and the air temp is around then too. The black doesn't heat up like you'd probably think, plus it's got cool water running through it 24/7. I did think about it though, but I can't figure any way to neatly wrap the corrugated pipe. It's not straight, and it's corrugated.... it'd be a mess. I even thought about buying a reflective spray paint but decided it's not worth the hassle.
I hope everything goes well for me and the corrugated pipe, it may be a cost effective way for people on a budget. Plus, if it's available in 6''..... expect vertical TREES.
Wow talk about doin alot on a low budget, good job!
Yeah I use that pipe alot with the work i do so I know it can take alot of pressure when its buried, when its not tho it can be cut and torn pretty easily. Thats the only reason I asked, the more I think about tho I'm sure it will be fine. It sure would be easy to work with. The reflective spray paint sounds like a good idea to me, my friend used some that was made for plastics to spray his buckets with, worked like a charm. I guess if your not having issues tho...
So are you gonna flower those clones as soon as they root?
I plan on flowering when they are hopefully around 6 inches. The Purple plant stretches like crazy. I flowered one that was roughly 8-10 inches and it's over 30 inches now. Crazy amount of stretch. I'm hoping I don't have any issues with that. I can always throw them all on the bottom rack.
For what it's worth, the corrugated pipe was 35, the wood was 35, and the pump was 40. I figured this would be the most cost effective way. Everyone else seemed to use fittings. Fittings are incredibly expensive!
Try that out. That'll give everyone an idea of what I'm working with. It's photo's always looks confusing because of my room setup. Plus now, you can be soothed by my smooth voice!
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