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Old 08-10-2020, 10:02 PM #1
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Basement Buds in Bed

Hey All! Just getting setup here, please pardon our construction. It's been a long while since I've been able to grow, but the time is drawing near.

We recently bought a house with a (mostly) finished basement, and I'm going to be utilizing some of the unfinished space in the utility room (approx. 12' x 20') to build a roughly 6' x 9' room containing a 6' x 6' space for veg/flower and a 3' x 6' space for storage, possibly cloning, drying, etc...

I've always been a soil grower, going to keep that going here. Using KIS Organics Water-Only soil this time, something new for me. Had a cubic yard shipped and used all but about 1 cubic foot of it in my 4'x4'x18" bed. It's propped up on a metal hydroponics stand, which is a little larger than the bed, flipped upside down (I intentionally bought the stand for this purpose). I plan to get a big drain pan underneath and pipe any runoff into the floor drain outside the room.



For lights, I'll be using a self-built rig from Pacific Light Concepts using their "Photo Boost Strips" (https://www.pacificlightconcepts.com...-light-engine/), each containing 96 Samsung 301B white lights and 4 CREE XP-G3 Photo Red. It is a spine-type setup with a center aluminum shaft, and 8 perpendicular shafts making it look like a spider. A total of 16 of the photo boost strips is expected to make about 600-660w at the wall. Haven't put it together just yet, but will report back once it's complete.

I dropped in a water line for a Tropf-Blumat irrigation system using their Maxi carrots (the longer ones) and Distribution Drippers for better coverage.

Will be using a 6" inline fan (not purchased yet) with carbon filter. Also considering installing a min-split HVAC system, but will run some tests first once the room is all setup. It's really cold down here in the middle of Summer, so not sure if I'll really need it or not yet.

For genetics, I've been collecting a lot of CSI Humboldt gear from Nspecta, mostly Bubba and Chem91 related hybrids with a few other freebies thrown in there. Also have an older pack of Bubba S1 from VerdantGreen; can't even remember when I bought them...2015? 2016? IDK...

Once the room is all setup and ready to go, my first run will be:
VerdantGreen - Bubba S1
CSI - Bubba S1
CSI - Mendocino Purple Kush (MPK)
CSI - Three Queens
CSI - Sugar Puffs



Other genetics in the stable for future runs are:
CSI - Double Take - (OG Kush* x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Double Trouble - (Fire OG Kush x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Great White Bubba - (Great White Shark x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Bubba's Coronary Kush - (Heart Attack Kush x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Good Ol' Days - (Panama Red x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Chemdog '91 S1
CSI - Chemdog '91 x Triangle Kush
CSI - Gator Bait
CSI - Dead Zone - (Patient Zero x Chemdog '91)
CSI - Chemdog '91 x Girl Scout Cookies
CSI - Girls Best Friend - (Girl Scout Cookies x Chemdog '91)
CSI - Cousin Stanky - (DJ Short Flo x Chemdog '91)
Pirates of the Emerald Triangle - Pine Tar Kush IBL
Pirates of the Emerald Triangle - Pakistani Chitral Kush IBL
Reservoir - Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze (SSSDH)
Dave Van Pot - God Bud

I have lots more work to do in setting the room up, and lots more info to document/share, but this is a start at least... Until next time!

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Basement Buds in Bed

Hey All! Just getting setup here, please pardon our construction. It's been a long while since I've been able to grow, but the time is drawing near.

We recently bought a house with a (mostly) finished basement, and I'm going to be utilizing some of the unfinished space in the utility room (approx. 12' x 20') to build a roughly 6' x 9' room containing a 6' x 6' space for veg/flower and a 3' x 6' space for storage, possibly cloning, drying, etc...

I've always been a soil grower, going to keep that going here. Using KIS Organics Water-Only soil this time, something new for me. Had a cubic yard shipped and used all but about 1 cubic foot of it in my 4'x4'x18" bed. It's propped up on a metal hydroponics stand, which is a little larger than the bed, flipped upside down (I intentionally bought the stand for this purpose). I plan to get a big drain pan underneath and pipe any runoff into the floor drain outside the room.



For lights, I'll be using a self-built rig from Pacific Light Concepts using their "Photo Boost Strips" (https://www.pacificlightconcepts.com...-light-engine/), each containing 96 Samsung 301B white lights and 4 CREE XP-G3 Photo Red. It is a spine-type setup with a center aluminum shaft, and 8 perpendicular shafts making it look like a spider. A total of 16 of the photo boost strips is expected to make about 600-660w at the wall. Haven't put it together just yet, but will report back once it's complete.

I dropped in a water line for a Tropf-Blumat irrigation system using their Maxi carrots (the longer ones) and Distribution Drippers for better coverage.

Will be using a 6" inline fan (not purchased yet) with carbon filter. Also considering installing a min-split HVAC system, but will run some tests first once the room is all setup. It's really cold down here in the middle of Summer, so not sure if I'll really need it or not yet.

For genetics, I've been collecting a lot of CSI Humboldt gear from Nspecta, mostly Bubba and Chem91 related hybrids with a few other freebies thrown in there. Also have an older pack of Bubba S1 from VerdantGreen; can't even remember when I bought them...2015? 2016? IDK...

Once the room is all setup and ready to go, my first run will be:
VerdantGreen - Bubba S1
CSI - Bubba S1
CSI - Mendocino Purple Kush (MPK)
CSI - Three Queens
CSI - Sugar Puffs



Other genetics in the stable for future runs are:
CSI - Double Take - (OG Kush* x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Double Trouble - (Fire OG Kush x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Great White Bubba - (Great White Shark x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Bubba's Coronary Kush - (Heart Attack Kush x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Good Ol' Days - (Panama Red x Bubba Kush)
CSI - Chemdog '91 S1
CSI - Chemdog '91 x Triangle Kush
CSI - Gator Bait
CSI - Dead Zone - (Patient Zero x Chemdog '91)
CSI - Chemdog '91 x Girl Scout Cookies
CSI - Girls Best Friend - (Girl Scout Cookies x Chemdog '91)
CSI - Cousin Stanky - (DJ Short Flo x Chemdog '91)
Pirates of the Emerald Triangle - Pine Tar Kush IBL
Pirates of the Emerald Triangle - Pakistani Chitral Kush IBL
Reservoir - Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze (SSSDH)
Dave Van Pot - God Bud

I have lots more work to do in setting the room up, and lots more info to document/share, but this is a start at least... Until next time!

Peace
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:44 PM #3
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Looks like a good start, I'm in for the show.
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Old 08-11-2020, 12:08 AM #4
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:37 PM #5
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Thanks for stopping by Reiko, blaze...

Started assembling the spine for the light today. Will probably clean up the heat sinks and apply the thermal tape tonight, maybe even get the thing fired up?!? We'll see.

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So I got as far as aligning and securing the heat sinks to the spine, and attaching the thermal tape to the back of all 16 LED strips. That, ladies and gentlemen, is one thousand six hundred diodes just dying to brighten up this space! I'll affix the LED strips to the heat sinks tomorrow and hopefully get this beast wired and fired. Until then, be easy.



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Made some progress on the light, still need to secure the 2 drivers to the spine and hook up the dimmer, but I got it all wired up otherwise. Just a few seconds of a test of half the lights was enough to put a smile on my face.



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Hey Green81, thanks for stopping by!

What's up Ganoderma? In the past, I've always run MH/HPS, but switching to LEDs just makes sense for me for many reasons. I wanted to make sure I was getting something decent, and these Photo Boost strips looked to be pretty legit on paper. Time will tell...

I'm hoping to get seeds in dirt by September 1. The room doesn't necessarily have to be completed by then, but I'd like to have the ceiling and walls up and insulated at least. I'll be adding a pocket door between the 3x6 space and the 6x6 grow space to help save space. I'll add trim pieces around the door frame overlapping the edge by a couple of inches to prevent light leaks, while also painting the backside of the trim pieces matte black.

I'm in the process of setting up a vermicompost bin for some African Night Crawlers. Should hopefully be able to order the worms in another week or so once I'm ready...

Can anyone with experience using the Tropf-Blumat irrigation system tell me if/for how long you typically hand water seeds/seedlings until letting the system take over? I'm planning to use the paper towel germination method and put the seeds straight into the flower bed where they'll grow.

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Finished wiring up the dimmer on the lights and "securing" the drivers to the spine. The screws that came with my order, though not intended for this purpose, are a little too big to fit through the mount points on the driver's. I'll order new ones that fit, along with a T-connector to change this from a two power cord setup to a single power cord. I need a few other things, like end caps/bolts to prevent the hangers from sliding off, retractable cords for hanging (note the heavy duty chains currently holding it up in the pic below). Maybe more, probably...



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