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    Exclamation Noobs..... do NOT be tempted by cheap grow tents off auction sites

    I'm just posting this thread up to warn people like myself who get tempted by cheap equipment..

    Bought my grow tent off ebay for 49.99 (1.2m x1.2m x 1.8/2m).

    I'm on my 3rd grow using it, it's done me proud but it's gotta go, Its really REALLY unstable. It seems to be leaning to one side every now and again, the poles are shite, the connectors are shite, the ones that came with my old canvas wardrobe seem stronger.

    Anyway, I was just watering my plants which I take out the tent to do anyway, then I just heard a massive crash. The box of random grow equipment and an old reflector + bulbs which were on top of the tent landed slap bang in the middle of where the plants were laid out for feed and the tent was practically on it's side. 5 plants, 1 month into flower were very nearlly killed just then, that was pure luck on my side.

    So seriously, when buying a tent, it's best to fork out on the more pricey tents as they will be worth it in the long run, better reflective material, more light proof, better ventilation holes, more solid as well.

    I'm gonna have to find a tempory solution until I've got some spare cash for a new tent, but I know which one I'll be getting. The guy in my local grow store who is taller than me and more stocky than me started doing pull ups on the tent frame with the lights on and the plants in the tent to show me how strong it is. Metal connectors and everything. I was absoloute gobsmacked by it, so I'm gonna have to go for it

    I always seem to learn the hard way lol
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    That was a close call, thank fuck you had then out to water m8.

    That really was a stroke of luck man,

    new moral m8, never place anything on top of grow tent lol.

    good luck with the rset of your grow m8.

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    I'm just about in your situation after bending the top bar,plus the cheap ones have metal poles that rust,not plastic coated.
    I built a box to put my rvk fan in too silence the noisy beast and put it on the top corner but had to lean across the top and the bar bent.
    im taking mine apart and putting the bent one at the bottom once i straighten it.
    the secret jardin mk2 is much better quality that i also have.

    trip to homebase to find some plastic tubing\wooden dowl
    http://www.wickes.co.uk/light-hardwo...l/invt/128318/ this could work if you need to replace a pole mate

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    The first question I would be asking is, WHY did you have all that crap sitting on top of the tent in the first place if it was unstable?

    You should not be storing ANYTHING on top of the tent anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poet View Post
    The first question I would be asking is, WHY did you have all that crap sitting on top of the tent in the first place if it was unstable?

    You should not be storing ANYTHING on top of the tent anyway.
    Wanted my room tidy so that's where I put it. It's still on top now lol, can't get it in the loft and nowhere else to put it.

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    Good to know guys, the cheaper ones on ebay do look very tempting, Ive restrained myself until now and am glad

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    Oh well shit happened last night. The plants were out for feeding, but this time the whole tent collasped and the same box landed on my POTM entry plant for next month, she was a beauty. A few of the branches with big colas are broken. Managed to kinda of string them up like puppets on the tent poles when I managed to get it back up. Using my barbell weights to whole one side of the tent down ffs. The Ruck fan came down so hard the cable ripped out so I had to rewire that on top of everything else. Bucket of nute mix was knocked over. Wish I'd listen to Poet and not put the box back on top. The actual tent connecter is broken and the poles slightly bent too. Gonna ahve to ride it out til after crimbo before I get another tent or something. I'm just hoping the plant won't be too stressed out by the injury and will heal it's branches.

    I feel I should warn other people ordering from that company. It seems the plants were holding the tent down so from now they're gonna have to stay in the tent while I feed.

    Let this be a lesson. Don't buy shit tents and don't store heavy items on top of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poet View Post
    A picture says a thousand words, I really did LOL

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    I like using solid grooms like a wardrobe or a closet..much stronger..hard luck fly..I would be punching the wall by now lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by up2nogood View Post
    I like using solid grooms like a wardrobe or a closet..much stronger..hard luck fly..I would be punching the wall by now lol
    If he did that his house would fall down!!

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    lol..I have had fans falling on my plants a few times when I have been trying to add a filter to the fan,pretty hard with the weight and doing it on your own,gets unballanced and slips off..destroyed my ice cream 4 week old plant..

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    The only good thing that has come out of it is it gave the opportunity to reaarange the extraction set up so now the CF is outside the tent and ducting sucking air from the corner of a tent belower the parabolic shade, so it should reduce temps and humidity a bit, cos the patrabolic traps a lot of air below it due to it's size

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    Yeh homebox or budbox from greens, best way really, it's like the old saying buy cheap and buy twice or something lol.

    But yeh just bite the bullet and fork out 100-120 on a good one.

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    Or get a green room. 28mil poles and metal fittings,I could hang off mine!
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    .. hope you fix it soon.. have you tried using something like wire / string or rope and tieng it from pole to pole to create a mesh which will hopefully make it more rigid untill you can get something new.. or bungee cords would be even better to pull the poles falling in appart by maybe tieng them to something else outside the tent.. have you considered maybe just bulidng a simple shelf ontop..like a simple one with a plank of wood with shelf brackets should do the trick..

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    Agree and disagree.

    I got a 1x1x2m groom(BudBox) in a kit for my first grow. White lined. White Poles. Solid Corner pieces.

    Decided to get a Secret Jardin, same size DR100. Paid good money for it. Cheap metal poles. Even Cheaper looking corner pieces. Bad zips. light leakage through the outside of the zip joins. Although its reflective in there it also adds heat. When I put it together and tried to do the zip up it almost fell over.

    I have used the Bud Box Poles and the jardin tent this time and it seems more stable. But I am tempted to get the budbox back out for the next grow.

    My point is I suppose the simple things work. We all try to improve our environment, but to be honest, by the time we have bought 2-3 tents we could have constructed the same size perm structure for the same money.

    If I ever have to buy another tent it would probably be a Bud Box.

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