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My newly built Grow Shelves

This is a discussion on My newly built Grow Shelves within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; I had a little bit of air circulation at the top, but not enough for ...

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    Default I just moved my fans today.

    I had a little bit of air circulation at the top, but not enough for my taste. Was hoping to beable to use the wall and the light fixtures to move air! I put them to the right of the whole shelf and they now blow across each shelf. One is 4 foot high the other is 2 foot high. They are about 2 feet away from my shelf. The tops of my plants are gently swaying. The fans are not real quiet, they are little honeywell tornados from box store. (8 or 9 inch models). They cost like $10 bucks each. I might be upgrading to CPU fans from our warehouse at work. They are getting rid of CPU units, and I asked the IT lady if I could salvage and she said sure. Those will run alot quieter than my tornados. Check out this photo. In no way am I advertising for Honeywell, I am not a paid sponsor for them . Hehehehehehe Keep the questions coming it is cool! The first pic is of the fans mounted on a storage shelf(full of my wife's Sh tuff) They are clamped and tied on just in case. The 2nd photo os a closeup of the fan, it is the small model about $10.00. The 3rd photo you can see the edge of my shelves and where the fans are. I am satisfied right now with the air circulation.
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    Default Thanks!!!

    Thanks for the info! I'll be setup by week's end and I'll post photos when it is complete. I like the cpu fan idea! You could have one or two per shelf if necessary and SUPER QUIET!!!

    BTW, Tadd, how do you water? Are you using a portable container with a spout or something different? I want to have enough water for the whole unit but be able to control the amount of flow and place it where I want it.

    Thanks, again!

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    Default I use a hand pump sprayer.

    The kind that you fill with water and fert into the jug part, screw in the top, and pump it full of pressure, it has a hose end sprayer that you can adjust for stream type. It cost like $10.00 at boxstore it is made for yard sprays and insecticides, works well for me.
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    Great looking setup TADD. I'm glad to see you spent the time to set your shelves up right. Your plants are going to thank you. Keep up the good work!

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    CPU fans--are they the little ones you use in computers?Sorry to be a little dense. :I've used muffin fans for years which I got from Radio Shack & had hubby wire them up & then hung them at the end of the shelves every 5 ft or so to provide air movement in every nook & cranny.I think they are about 4 x 4".Perhaps they are the same thing you are talking about.

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    Default Yes they are muffin fans...

    Is there anyway you could post a picture of how your husbandito wired them? I have tried without success(too much voltage) Radio SHack was closed! I will create a new thread with your name in it about it just in case you don't come back to this one! Thanks for the help! LI Jane!
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    Tadd-it was nothing fancy believe me .Each fan that I got he put on a lampcord with a plug which we also bought.They weren't wired in a series if that is what you are asking.I bought the fans a few years ago & they are running all the time (except the summer when things are outdoors).They deliver 65 cubic feet of cooling air each.
    I am posting 2 pics but I haven't the lamp cord to show you but I'm sure you know what that looks like.Each fan unit has the 2 wire connection so you just splice the lamp cord with a 2 wire system & splice them together.Cover the splices with electrical tape.
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    As an after thought--I sometimes fasten a piece of hardware cloth to the fan so my fingers won't accidently get caught in the blades when they are running.

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    Found another one but not Radio Shack.Not sure where it was from. This one has the lamp cord attached using wire connectors.
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    For quiet air movement get some high cfm 120mm fans , then use a power converter to run them @ 7v(i use these on my cooling for my PC,s.Note they,re both watercooled).You should get 100cfm or there about but they,ll be about 20db or so(very quiet).

    This is the type of fan i,m on about http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=600064

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