Well, after being inspired by many people here with their great ideas for home-made grow racks, I decided to put my shoulder to the wheel and construct my very own rack.
Like everyone else, I found a majority of the parts from Lowe’s, HomeDepot, Walmart, Meijer. The only exception was that I purchased a four-bulb T5 High-Intensity florescent horticultural light and a roll of mylar from a local grower supplier.
the Sunleaves Pioneer IV Grow
After assembling the rack I attached the Sunleaves Pioneer IV light with plumber’s hanging strap to bottom of very top rack and hung a 4” fan to exhaust the minor heat created by the bulbs.
Two standard 48” florescent fixtures from Lights of America for next shelf with GE florescent lights. Two of each type bulb:
GE Cool Light
GE Plant Light
Laying out the mylar and measuring / cutting.
Mylar backing attached. The rack’s wheels aren’t on as of yet…
Mylar on sides with space left for ventilation. Wheels added. (a lot of room left on bottom two racks for future plants and their light fixtures.)
Two white vinyl inner shower curtains as a humidity shroud / light reflector. Easy-open front flap using strong rare-earth magnets.
Exhaust vents cut into one side (with flaps!) and fan running.
Sealed up and lights on! Removed fan cover to improve air-flow. (one fan in there, the other is merely a reflection from mylar)
The complete kit. Looks like some kind of bizarre hospital cart doesn’t it?
So far I’ve been unable to get the humidity over 50%, which I guess is fine. I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a small 1½ gallon vaporizer on the very bottom self. Perhaps for the cold, arid winters here in Michigan. But for now in the Spring and Summer I think it’s alright. As I don’t have any lowland Neps or anything… My Dews are not very dewy right now. Guess I’ll give ‘em time to recover from being shipped.
Anyway, that’s my super-dooper grow rack. Not too shabby for a guy with no building talent 'huh?