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    Post my grow rack is finished!

    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?

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    AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is hiding a dead body in there, you can see his feet!

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    Very nice! Mine is a bit simpler than that. I haven't gotten around to getting any mylar because I don't feel like ordering it on the internet (shipping expenses). I also haven't found a decent shower cover.. but I don't think it's that necessary for what I have now. I think when I get some more neps I'll try and bring up the humidity.

    Where did you get your mylar? Don't say online. Lol.

    Oh and I suggest you make each each shelf a different distance from the lights since seedlings and pretty much all of your sundews will need to be very close to the light or they won't get very dewy at all. Within a foot of the lights sounds pretty good, but the closer the better.
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    I wouldn't be too worried about humidity. Once you fill one or two of the shelves with plants and water trays, the humidity should go way up. Since you have a fan moving the air in there, you can probably leave those ventilation flaps covered - the turbulence will be enough to exchange plenty of air. Very nice rig - I had similar ideas when I was getting started, but apparently you have superior funding! ;P
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    What do you plan to grow? Many CP's will not need the high humidity and may not need your "tent". Nice t-5 fixture! If you're growing low type plants you will probably want the lights closer to the plants.
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    The wrapping makes it look like you're trying to hide what you're growing

    Nice. Very nice. The T5's are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

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    very nice job....

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    wow...very very nice. good job at the construction. very original.

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