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The idea for this hydroponic system came to me while I was hunting for useful stuff at our local thrift store. I noticed there was a huge supply of dry mist humidifiers. Apparently these things aren't very healthy to use in your home because unlike steam and evaporation humidifiers, these things actually create a nasty fog of bacteria and fungus that is easily inhaled. Not that this really matters so much, they generally just suck as humidifiers, usually soaking every horizontal surface in your room. So everyone is throwing these things out and, one mans trash is my new thing to toy around with. I bought 3 of them for a $1 a piece and headed to the hardware store.
Fog Hydroponics is not by any means a new concept, I call this system experimental due to the fact I have no idea, as of right now, whether this thing will work. In a normal Hydroponic Fogger System a submersible micro-sonic transducer that has been manufactured to produce a 3-5 micron mist is used. Needless to say, they aren't too cheap but they are pretty cool. I couldn't find any manufacturers specs on the humidifiers' model that states the output . Odd right? like anyone would ever want to know that ...Weirdos O_0...Spose if you were crafty enough you could pipe some pretty funky fog into someones life.
I should add a note of caution, If you plan on building this bad boy Keep in mind, this thing wasn't manufactured to do what I did. Electrocution, Death, Fire, A small chance of the death fog (you may have heard about this on the news...)Very Scary! and tragic very,very, tragic ....
OK The thing is a easy build and in theory, should work pretty well. I'm currently rooting some rubber plants (Ficus elastica) and some Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) cuttings and things look good so far. I added an aquarium pump to the fog chamber for extra O2 and circulation. The humidifier has a built in heater and keeps the root zone at optimal temp. I covered the clones with a dome and left one of the plant sites covered but with a small hole to keep the humidity high. I will update on progress as soon as I can. I designed the system with an over flo that allows about an inch of nutrient to always remain in the bottom of the fog chamber. This is a fail safe ,should the power or humidifier happen to fail. The system does recycle the nutrient as well and so far everything has been working fine.
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Step 1: Gather Material
$5 Fog Chamber, Rubbermaid tote
The "Fog Chamber" can be any food grade, dark colored, water tight, and seal able large container. You want it to be dark to keep out light ,so nasty stuff wont grow and choke you every time you open it. A bucket could be used as well, just paint it black. Black buckets are cool, If you really like buckets. Bucket people, you're cool too.
$1 Dry Mist Humidifier
I got my death fog humidifier at a thrift store for a dollar, check at flea markets and garage sales Ect. dark alleys seem to be a good source of death and sometimes fog.
$5 PVC Parts for adapter
The parts for the "adapter" are 1 1/2" PVC. Home Depot usually sells the pipe by the foot so you don't have to buy a full 10 foot piece for five hundred thousand dollars.
$5 PVC Parts for stand.
Shouldn't even cost you $5 I always buy the contractor bags to save $$. I used 3/4" ,4 Tees and 4 Elbows and about 6 feet of pipe. You can use whatever you want. Old text books, Cinder blocks , wrapping paper rolls... Get creative if you have to ,Its just a stand.
$2 1 7/8" ID Rubber Gasket
What the? 2 freaking dollars for 2 freaking cents worth of rubber? Ok, maybe a dollar or two over budget
$3 Foam Gasket Tape
You can find this in the insulation or weather proofing aisle. Used to seal the lid ,comes in handy for...hmmm...for...uhmm...well nothing much else, just sealing odd spaces and parallel weirdness.
Oh snap, I forgot the Neoprene Inserts.
What? you don't have any extras just sitting around? hmmmm.....
These are actually pretty important. You can make your own out of any thick foam. Cut a 2" Diameter circle and Just drill a hole in the center and cut a slit from the hole to the edge to slip the plant through
Well I give up F the budget