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  1. Unfortunately no, but you could take the screws out and reattach the net higher up if needed. I settled on a gap of about 8" and I'm not anticipating any need to change it. If I were going to make a commercial product version of this cart it would definitely have adjustable net heights but for the time being I'm working with wood prototypes. Thanks, that looks like a great app. 11/10 would definitely pet.
  2. Thank you. Please pardon the kitty porn but my tabby thinks Miss April is a cutie. Not sure what you're asking, can you clarify? It's been very interesting, this is the first time that I've actually tried to control the humidity and track temps rather than just making a best effort with some ventilation. Here we just went from hot and dry outside to warm and very humid (80%+). The winter time will likely have its own set of challenges and I'll need to set up some non-AC ventilation. The temp and humidity tracker has been worth every penny considering it was around $23. The one I got, which produced the graph above, is the "La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe". What really surprised me was the amount of fluctuation visible in the graph. Looking at a non-graphing min/max monitor it's easy to forget how much of the picture you're not seeing.
  3. Thanks for the suggestion. I've been finding that the wall edges have been more hospitable to PM so I would think that wrapping something around the sides would make it even more difficult to manage humidity. The COBs are very efficient and environmental controls have been much more of a challenge than lighting has. Without the Dehu and AC running all the time I'd be hitting 90%+ RH at night.
  4. Some pics of the hoist that I added yesterday. I've lifted the nearby COB lights to vertical for use as work lights. ^^ scrog flavor country. anyone who has scrogged will understand. ^^^ See look she needed some attention on that undercarriage ^^^
  5. I've been a hobbyist on and off for quite a while so I've spent a lot of time getting here. I started designing this system about 4 months ago, currently building out the 2nd room. (pics to come.) Because of the detachable shock cord screen I was able to force large plants under the net and weave them in ways that wouldn't have been possible with any other kind of scrog net. I haven't yet had the luxury of vegging a plant into one of these carts but I'm planning a continuous cycle where they'll have 2 weeks to veg in the cart (starting with net-height or slightly taller plants) before the switch. The target will be the typical scrog target of around 75% full screen at flip, give or take depending on stretchiness of the strain.
  6. I've seen this stuff mentioned all over the boards but I am leery of spending my money on it. The claims of it being some form of modified water sound like complete BS, and it turned out that this stuff contained Pyrethrins and wasn't listing it on the label so my trust level is pretty low, particularly given the price. I did buy some Pyrethrin concentrate and sprayed it, it didn't seem to affect the thrips or the Russet Mites at all. This is an interesting idea but seems extremely stressful and l possibly fatal to a plant - definitely not something I'd subject a flowering plant to even if it were feasible. Thanks, this is one that I hadn't heard about. I've been looking at the organic systemic PM products, some of them are apparently Citric Acid based but it sounds like they may (or may not) be more than just Citric Acid dissolved in water. I'll try the non sewer gas smelling stuff first.
  7. Oh yeah, this didn't work out: Every single plant that I defoliated died, and they were very healthy. So lesson learned, even extremely healthy plants don't seem to recover from a complete defoliation. This surprised me. Fortunately I was able to replace the genetics without much trouble.
  8. Here's my temp/RH monitor graph. The green line is a secondary temp probe that I've put in the path of the dehu output so it helps visualize when the dehu is running, which is almost 24/7 right now. The humidity goes up at night because I shut the door to the room when the lights are out. Hoping to figure out a light-proof door that also can act as a passive vent back into the rest of the house. My Danby 70pt dehu. Adapted to 1/4" tubing and fed down to a 5gal bucket that I've been manually emptying for now. Planning to add a pump to send it to waste.
  9. I may get sulfur involved at some point if needed but it has some caveats and I'm not sure how well it'd integrate with my continuous flower environment. The portable carts would make it possible though to take the plants out of the room to treat the room itself. Also could set up a sulfur tent that could hold a few carts and a sulfur burner. I agree that, for the most part, PM is a sign of environmental issues. I now have a dehu set up as well as temp/RH monitoring and this has been very helpful and educational. For future rounds I expect the PM to be a diminishing issue. Currently I'm treating it only with Potassium Bicarbonate and dish soap but I have been looking at some of the organic systemics. It's really hard to find good info about the issue of pesticides on the forums. The consensus seems to be that more toxic stuff is probably ok in veg but I think what's really needed is some experimentation with the use of pesticides and then testing the cured product. I've read accounts of people using things like Avid just before or even during flower and having it not show up at all on the test. In general though my system is basically designed around pest control from the ground up, so that hopefully the use of pesticides can be minimized altogether. If pests weren't an issue we could just cram a room full of plants and lights and come back in 2 months, but the reality is far from that. My past grows have taught me that the most influential factor in grow success is human attention to the surfaces of the plants.
  10. GT thanks for the great comments and advice. The carts and low power microscope have turned out to be indispensable components of my developing IPM. In past grows I've always run up against the problem of plant accessibility so this time around I finally bit the bullet, designed and built a system that would solve the accessibility issue. Being able to take the cart out and have easy access to all parts of the plants makes an enormous difference. Using these carts I never have to reach more than 9" from one side of the canopy to access any part within. Yesterday I added a hoist to the center of the room that allows me to lift a cart to eye level and walk all the way around it. Between the carts, hoist, and the use of detachable shock cords for my scrog net I feel I've made some significant advancements in terms of making scrogging easier and more efficient.
  11. Thank you, and thanks again for the help with pics. The carpet is non-ideal for sure and I've gone through plenty of towels in the process of getting this set up and working out all the bugs and leaks. I'm considering a full pond liner floor covering as a future upgrade. One benefit of this modular setup is that it's very quick and easy to break down the whole system and cart everybody out into another room, for example while I vacuum the floor or put in the pond liner. On the Russet Mites front I had a surprising win. On a whim I tried spraying with Cypermethrin (Demon Max) and it appeared to completely obliterate the Russet Mites. I have not confirmed this in an isolated test yet though, there were other things I was spraying as well like neem but the timing really seems to suggest that the Cyper is what did them in.
  12. I've been building out a new grow setup this summer using high pressure aero / DWC hybrid under COB LED lighting. All flowering will be done using portable SCROG modules that can be disconnected in seconds and wheeled around like carts. Central res is auto topped up with RO water via float valve. Currently flowering around 15 different strains. Running the COBs at 50W each, 100W total per cart module. Currently 4 weeks into flowering and just discovered a massive infestation of Russet Mites - I was unaware of this new plague until a few days ago when I purchased a low power microscope. I'll be rotating late-flower-safe control methods to help this harvest to completion. For Veg I've completely defoliated all plants and will be hammering the remaining sticks with various systemics until they're completely wiped out before putting anything else into flower. Have also been battling Thrips and Powdery Mildew but those are both very easy to deal with compared to the Russet Mites. Using House and Garden Aqua Flakes and currently pushing 1100-1300ppm. Edit: Thanks to Le rat for the help with getting photos to display.
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