Need help with diy grow tent

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design & Setup' started by Indica Sloth, Feb 18, 2015.

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    Indica Sloth

    Indica Sloth Member

    2 primary questions:
    1. Am I silly in thinking I need this much access room to the plants? Should I make it smaller?
    2. How does one attach Foylon to 1/2" pvc pipe? I am thinking adhesive velcro and overlapping flaps at the edges.

    The Grow tent will be about 5’x5’x6′ made from 1/2" pvc, with a 400 watt lamp (which covers 3’x3′). 4 plants, each in a 5 gallon bucket on top of a milk crate. By putting the buckets on milk crates, I should be able to drain back to the reservoir with gravity. There is a carbon filter in the top corner and an air intake in the bottom corner. The brown rectangle will be the controller home, with built in relay controlled outlets, sensor hook-ups and relay hook-ups.


    The grow tent will be anchored to a sheet of pressure treated plywood, to help insulate it from the basement floor and give me a more level working surface. I also plan on anchoring the roof piece to the basement ceiling (which is bare beams).

    The siding material will be Foylon.

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    nomofatum

    nomofatum Well-Known Member

    Cool CAD. 400w is weak for 5x5, bump up to a 1000w or even better a 600w + 400w of supplemental lighting ,HPS hits mostly red end spectrum, add in Blue end spectrum (6500k LED or Florescent or MH) and UVB (tanning/reptile bulbs) for better results than HPS alone.
     
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    Indica Sloth

    Indica Sloth Member

    The 600 400 combo is a great idea, thanks!
     
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    Red1966

    Red1966 Well-Known Member

    Turns out to be a lot easier to draw it than make it, huh?
     
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    Indica Sloth

    Indica Sloth Member

    well, yes.
     
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    nomofatum

    nomofatum Well-Known Member

    Test contact cement on the Foylon, it will work on the PVC, then just make sure you have it lined up right the first time.
     
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    WeekendSupervisor

    WeekendSupervisor Well-Known Member

    1/2" pvc will not hold much weight structurally. Or will it? You decide. Also, I think uv light degrades pvc.
     
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    Indica Sloth

    Indica Sloth Member

    that's a great idea, I will test it out for sure.

    I hadn't really thought about PVC degrading, will research it more. I think I will be upgrading to 1" PVC for better structure.
     
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    nomofatum

    nomofatum Well-Known Member

    Put the PVC on the outside of the foil. PVC can get brittle after years in the sun, but it takes a good long time. I use PVC in my vegi garden.
     
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    Red1966

    Red1966 Well-Known Member

    If it does, it doesn't do it very fast. I've had PVC out in sunlight for years with no noticable effect.
     

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