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    • Arthur Mix
      @Giventofry it’s a bamboo cane with twine tied to it.
    • EatonMess
      Hello everyone, looking to run some ideas past those experienced in loft grows! After having great results with my larder grow fridge in the garage, I thought about going a little bigger in the loft. So here goes.

      First off apologies for my shite drawing, art was never my thing.

      The idea is to have a veg room and flower room for a perpetual grow. 12" passive intake drawn from a bedroom cupboard below, through acoustic ducting. Immediately at the inlet in the veg room I plan to build a plywood box with shelves in it. Timber frames with filter material stapled along it to act as drying racks. Plan is to wet trim in a trimzilla and dry in these racks.

      Out of the rack and past a 1kW oil rad connected to a wall mounted thermostat. Oscillating fan in the corner blowing air across the vegging plants and Mum. Mum will be in soil for simplicity. Wanting to go with DWC in order to negate the need for hand watering and lugging soil up and down the ladder. Thinking of a Oxypot veg v6, veg 6 plants and put the best 4 into flower. Opting for the v6 rather than v4 as it's slightly smaller and even then it's overkill for a 3-4 week veg. May well make my own one instead of having high end gear wasted?

      Will be cloning and dimming the light to propagate clones. Lighting from none-other than @diyleduk, super impressed with my last fitting. Lumatek Attis 200W?

      Out the veg space through the top and down to the bottom of the flower space. Thinking of the PVC rectangular trunking for this. Reasonably prices and can fit 90deg bends to make an S shape to ensure no light transfer between the spaces.

      8" fan and filter. Fan TBC (recommendations welcome) and definitely a Carboair filter again, they're very good. Lighting will be a Lumatek Attis 300W, I think that should be plenty for 4 plants? Oxypot 4 DWC again. 8" outlet going either to a vent outlet in the eaves, or up the shit pipe depending on length of ducting required. Temps will be automated via a fan speed controller with a temp sensor.

      Under each DWC I'll have a huge oversized tray to catch any spillages.

      Both rooms to have 9-12" metal style floor fans for circing air.

      Both rooms are to have automatic extinguishers fitted in the centre highest point. Will also likely build a thermal cut out (one for each room), which will be linked to a contactor for the mains feed. Temp gets above XdegC, everything shuts down.

      As seen in my horrendous drawing, the construction will follow the form of most grooms I think. Planning 75mm kingspan between the rafters, 25mm air-gap and then insulated plasterboard. The vertical walls will be 4x2 following the same kingspan/plasterboard arrangement. Tongue and groove chipboard flooring with a layer of soundproofing/glass wool underneath.

      Small horizontal roof portion will be strapped with plenty batons so I've lots of options for placement of hanging stuff.

      Both doors will be 18mm ply, insides lined with insulated plasterboard. Probably going to make them reasonably small as to not loose/gain heat from outside the groom. The door frame will have oversized stoppers and weather seal strips to ensure light tightness. Top and bottom door bolt to ensure the door is well closed.

      Water already exists in the loft from the (now redundant) cold water tank. So a hose can be rigged to the stop cock for filling the DWC reservoirs and the drain overflow used for dumping between changes. Indend on drilling out and fitting ball valves with garden hose connectors on both DWC reservoirs. Then using something similar to a "PYTHON NO SPILL CLEAN & FILL" contraptions to fill and empty when needed. The look really clever and simple.

      Measurements are approximate, I've not been up there with a tape yet. I have endless amounts of space to use really as it's a bungalow loft. The dimensions are likely overkill, but I'll need room to move around and potentially to navigate a scrog net in the flower room. Although I will likely try with LST first?

      Power Requirements
      Lighting 500W max
      Rad 1kW
      Exh fan 150W max
      Circ fans 50W
      Air pumps 20W

      Total: 1.72kW, 7.5A

      The bulk of this wattage is the 1kW heater, in the winter the central heating will be used, so I can't see this being switched on often. Likewise, in the summer it definitely won't be used. So realistically looking at a 3A current draw.

      There is a 1G socket up there already for the TV signal booster, so I can run a fused spur off that if it's already spurred from a ring final - or even just make it a 2G. Could also run a radial up there if I can be bothered too.

      All advise and input, corrections, etc are welcomed. Totally new to DWC as being a soil grower before hand. It seems the best option AFAIK, but happy to hear all suggestions.

      Having the forever existent issue of uploading fucking images... Will get it loaded soon hopefully.
    • Larry Badgeley
      “Officers attended and the group had left the area before they arrived.   Well there's a surprise.   “Police were called at around 4.30am    Maybe at 4.20?
    • vince noir rock n roll star
      update -   just checked the plants i sprayed worm casting water onto ..they are all dry now ..and theres lots of what looks like dust but is actually thrips ..dead thrips ..   i have to say this is tres interesting ..i shall keep an eye out for any thrippy thangs over the coming days and continue to use this ..i have to do a full clean down soon in prep for the sweet seeds comp ...i think ill spray the tent with mud before i clean it out with some jeyes ..   this really might be worth checking out on vegging plants ..handful of worm castings in a spray bottle ..shake n spray on leaves ,soak them top n bottom ..