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Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!)
    #320025 - 11/22/09 06:11 PM (7 years, 14 days ago)

well I didn't have a good location for a veg room, and my garage is way too fucking junk-piled to ever fit a good structure in  there. So here's what I did;

I took an extremely overloaded and useless metal shelf rack like this one (actually, exactly this one)


and removed a shelf, cut a couple pieces of 1/2" foil backed foam insulation board to size, and made this;



Also, since SO many people have asked me how I arranged my CFL's on my last grow, here's a peak at the ridiculous jerry-rigging I did for that grow.

1st item, white trash-can lid (as reflector)
2nd item, two tri-socket setups from the local hardware store, $5 each



I just drilled a couple holes in the trashcan lid to mount them, wired it up and grew away!




I have another CFL setup that's completely different (but equally ghetto) that I lent to a friend, being returned in about 10 minutes so I'll update with that too

thanks for looking everyone, let me know if you have any questions!


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #320041 - 11/22/09 06:37 PM (7 years, 14 days ago)

Alright, here it is;

it's just a heavy duty 3 socket expander with two of those weird things with prongs on one side and a light socket on the other (not sure if there's a technical name for those....) and then a y-connector to expand the one socket into two. and copious electrical tape to hold it all together tightly, better safe than sorry :smile:



this way I'm able to fit 4 42W bulbs all over the top of a single plant and surround it on all sides with light. this is the light array that was directly over this plant for its entire life;



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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #320061 - 11/22/09 07:01 PM (7 years, 14 days ago)

I like the white trash can rig thing.


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: SmOakland]
    #321390 - 11/25/09 10:58 AM (7 years, 11 days ago)

That's actually a pretty legit little space I'd say... Especially with the reflective lining... Nice job dude


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: DudeTron]
    #321417 - 11/25/09 12:34 PM (7 years, 11 days ago)

thanks man. it was a weird little brainchild I had while sitting on the couch playing halo. I tend to randomly invent things and get crazy bursts of inspiration.

anywho, I just bought a 400W MH ballast for $25 from someone on the shroomery, so stay tuned for an expanded alternative version of this in the near future. since this was completely free for me to build (materials already lying around) and I got such an awesome deal on the MH light I'm going to invest in a nicer area for vegging. :grin:


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #321429 - 11/25/09 01:09 PM (7 years, 11 days ago)

nice, cant wait to see the outcome of your new future veg. room


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #322310 - 11/27/09 04:52 PM (7 years, 9 days ago)

Me either.

Nice thinking Harry.  Just like me... I would rather use shit lying around then try to go buy it... Might as well put it to use if it's there? :shrug:

I like it a l lot actually.


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Inverted]
    #363337 - 02/12/10 08:25 PM (6 years, 9 months ago)

Well I made another one today! I was sick of that one being out in the garage and getting so cold (even with the insulation it was below where I like to keep my plants) so I went to work.

I looked on craigslist for a minifridge and found someone giving away a free deep-freezer that didn't work. this was perfect because if it worked my plans involved destroying it anyway :wink:

I think you'll recognize the CFL array from my last project, but now instead of a trash-can lid as a reflector I'm just using the white interior of the fridge and I have the CFL sockets hard mounted directly into the ceiling.



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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #363959 - 02/14/10 01:59 PM (6 years, 9 months ago)

Excellent. I like it a lot.  Those are 30w bulbs aren't they?


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Inverted]
    #364164 - 02/14/10 07:12 PM (6 years, 9 months ago)

ummm, mostly 26W and two 42W bulbs of various colors. it's all the same bulbs from my CFL grow, just reorganized and mounted into a fridge :thumbup:


the part is that I didn't spend a single penny on the whole thing, but I've yet to tackle ventilation...


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #365566 - 02/16/10 10:18 PM (6 years, 9 months ago)

make use of those racks!! thats actually kinda nice to have


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: the man]
    #367121 - 02/18/10 04:40 AM (6 years, 9 months ago)

not bad for free. craigslist is a great source for supplies. got my freeezer there and almost got my hand on as many 4ft flouro ballasts/fixture combos as i could ever use last week but I couldn't get there in time.

you prolly already have a plan for makin your holes but if not i suggest a sawz-all it was a bitch with my bosch jigsaw cause I couldn't find a long enough metal blade.

Also I see everyone saying they have those 42 watt bulbs and if those are them they are way smaller then the 65w I use. Where do you find them?


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: pha3r0]
    #367177 - 02/18/10 10:30 AM (6 years, 9 months ago)

I find all my bulbs basically at home depot or similar hardware stores :shrug: I figure if you're using cfl's to begin with why make it too fancy :shrug:

and for the hole... haha yes it was a bitch. I used a screwdriver and a hammer to make the hole, and some long handled needle nose pliers to peel back the metal and then I basically just scraped out the insulation with a spoon. I think I'm allergic to the insulation... I felt like shit yesterday.  Pics later


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Re: Ba11sach's $5, 1 hour, highly nig-rigged veg chamber (and CFL setup!) [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #367187 - 02/18/10 10:39 AM (6 years, 9 months ago)

Yup I had to drill out my inlet and it came out like shit, luckily it's under the shelf so no one can see it.


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