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    hey boys and girls welcome to my thread
    recently i have become interested on designing my own flood and drain system with float switches and at a low cost this is partly due to the fact that these flood and drain company built untis are a little expensive and also the fact that my grow is in the loft and i have very limited hight so the tall buckets are out of the question.
    and i wanted to maybe inspire other people to try there own

    grow room in the making


    anyway i bought a few bits and bobs from the local shops and also from online, shopped around to get the cheapest to keep my price down.
    i wanted to use some of the window boxes (i think there called) as they dont stand as tall as my other pots "anyhow"
    ill give you a diagram i drew up of my intitial plan for the resivour and brain bucket

    (take no notice of the 2 feeds as im using 3)


    there will be 2 float switches located inside the brain bucket, one will turn the drain pump off when lowest water level is reached and the other will turn res pump of when highest water level is reached in the brain pot these will be controlled by 2 indipendant timers.

    bits and bobs i have up to now
    3x WINDOW BOXES £15
    1x 20lt BUCKET £7
    8x 13MM IWS SEALING GLANDS £13 (i got a few extra)
    30m 13MM GARDEN HOSE £15
    1x AQUARIUM SEALANT £6

    here we go few pics




    meassured 1inch from base to center of galnd 3inchs apart to center of gland marked with perminant marker then started to drill with number 25 wood drill bit



    finnished holes in brain bucket along with a couple of holes in lid for in/out tubing, i also took my time in making sure the surface was smooth after drilling to get a water tight fitting with sealing glands so fingers crossed all is water tight obviously the lid holes dont need to be water tight but i still smoothed them over for asthetics




    same proceedure for the planters-picture of sealing gland in place



    aquarium sealant is applied after test fitting of all glands inside and out gets a thin beed



    this is a pic of all glands inplace with aquarium sealant applied and drying, notice the 2 glands on the top this is just to keep the hose nice and firm inplace-i also put a gromit in there for the wire from pump and for airpump tubing





    this is a pic of a float switch but im going to purchase different model (wow i have a fat hand lol)



    next i cut my hose using a cigar cutter (nice and sharp)



    this is as far as i have done up to now, i just await the pumps and float switches, will leak test tomorrow sometime after work



    THANX FOR LOOKING PEOPLE
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    very good..will you be using these soon?



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    thanx for the comment, yes i should be using it next couple of weeks!
    i already have a designed brain bucket in the loft now watering my babys-although i have suffered from pump failure!!!!!
    i need to buy some new pumps as my other ones are about 4yrs old now

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    UPDATE!

    leak test has been done, no problems what so ever







    half an hour with water in, im happy but ill do a test for a while longer once i get the float switches in there etc


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    great stuff..what will you be growing in these?




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    i have some barneys farm - LSD
    got some cheese flowering away at the min so ive set off a motherplant under my t5 which is coming on very nice indeed, enough time for her to get big to take cuttings

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    diary i hope?




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    yeh man why not, i have alot of equipment but not alot of growing know how so ill post up diary and also take on some advice/help
    i have a 600watt hps-1000watt hps light and ballast so i need some info on which to use for my space so once cheese is harvested ill be in the grow room meassuring the space.
    cheese enjoyed the 600watt hps so much its decided to grow a little too close so i need to keep this LSD nice and low

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    Wow What a Good Start, Looks Like a Good Plan Mate Looking Foward To Seeing This Will Be Keeping a Eye in Goodluck to ya THC

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    Quote Originally Posted by THC-Lover View Post
    Wow What a Good Start, Looks Like a Good Plan Mate Looking Foward To Seeing This Will Be Keeping a Eye in Goodluck to ya THC
    thank you for that

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    bought some new pumps

    maxijet 750/lph - maxijet 1000/lph




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    Absolutely brilliant thread. Please keep up the level of detail, prices and shops used so I can follow this build to the end.

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    thanx for the kind words dude!
    yeh man ill try get a list up once finnished, ive used amazon, ebay and growell up to now-fun part for me is finding the cheapest retailer i get a little buzz knowing i aint paying over the odds, gone are the days when ebay used to be cheap now all the cheap stuff on ebay is all chinese imitation shit.

    ill be looking for my float switches in the next couple of days, im sure i got my last set off amazon but i'll have a proper look soonish

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    ordered 2 of these from REUK on google-£15.93 posted
    these are float switches, to stop the pumps when desired water lever is reached-there nice and water tight and can handle the 240volts some are not rated to handle mains power



    think ill be starting the brain bucket next week sometime, gonna look for a way of hiding the wires etc-maybe some shrink wrap and a junction box of some sort....
    ill have a think about it

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    got the 2 float switches in and a water temp display!
    pics to follow----\/

    marked the max water level of the planters


    meassured the point the float switch actually switches so i can drill the hole at the aquired level


    also marked ou the bottom float level, i needed to get the water drained out but not completely so the pump doesnt run dry causing damage and failure to pump (might look high but the float will drop a few cm below then shut off)


    using a number 19 drill bit wich is the correct size for float switch body but there is a rubber fitting which makes it water tight i havent taken into consideration the size of this as im gonna try and squeeze it in as tight as possible


    same proceedure with the drill bit


    i put some aquarium sealant on the rubber and pushed into the hole, wet the inside of the rubber fitting then pushed in the float switch-very very tight (which is good)




    now for the pump, i have wrapped a small bit of cloth over the end and cable tied in place, this is so i can get pump lower to the bottom of the bucket-the normal pump filter is plastci and about 7cm long


    a bit aquarium glue on suckers and mount into the brain bucket



    then ive put in a aquarium temp sensor, glue to bottom and cable tied inplace


    outside top of bucket

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    im gonna get a short video up of the system draining, cant show the flood as my 100ltr res is in use at the moment but my cheese plants are near harvest now

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    Looking Nice and Neat Mate Well Done

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    thanx man...
    this is defo an improvement over my bodge job i done before lol (but it still worked)

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    great build mate,glad the leak test went well. i cringed when i read that as mine was a right mare lol the leaks in the pots was bad enough but i had,nt connected the damn airlines to the pump..........90 ltr of water with only towels to soak it up lol............it was a sunday too and the kids had no towels for baths before school lol....mrs ost not impressed again.............(shakes head).....will be watching out for your diary...........
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