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sorry for the lack of posts. i have been starting a family and have been very busy.
I am starting to do projects again very soon.

Thanks and enjoy this pic of me and some sand people at c2e2 2014.

Fun with Plants (experiments in Hydroponics)

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My freind Jason came to me one day and pointed out a $70 hydroponics kit that used some buckets and a pump. He thought it was pretty cool, so I said “I can make you one for a quarter of the price” and so the challenge was accepted.

This is the story of me building my first hydroponics system.

When researching on what was needed and how much everyone was charging, thought this was a piece of cake! And it was!!

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So to get started you will need a few things……. and prices I paid

5Gal bucket with lid. $2 from Firehouse subs
submersible pump. $14.95 + free shipping
Tubing. $2.50 for 10ft at Homedepot
Growing medium. (i used Fish tank gravel, but rock wool or ceramic pelets or what ever you think is a good growing medium….its up to you) $free
basket (hydroponic growing basket) or a plastic flower pot. $3.00 from meijer
Airpump (optional). $8.00 from meijer

Total = ~$25.00

My design was simple compared to his setup, but he wanted to grow strawberries so he made one that was vertical. His was a little more expensive and requires a little more work, but well worth it. (pics of his at the end of the Post).

 

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To build this little fun project, you need to drill some holes in the side of the bucket, as close to the top as possible…….if you drill them too low you will spill water when trying to move it.

2x 1.5 in holes, one for the water tube, the other for the power cord

1x .5 in hole for the airation tube (optional)

and 1 large hole on the lid for your basket or baskets….(depending on how many you want to fit on top of it)

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the rest is just fitting everything in the bucket and making sure the water does not collect in the basket.

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The pump I selected

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You will need some fertilizer.  I bought this from amazon.com for about ~$20 and depending on your setup, this should last you along time. Just make sure you follow the ratios and using less then what is recommended, because you don’t want to kill off your plants when first starting.

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Box of the plant that I bought on clearance from Meijer for $2.50

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Now some ideas to make your own…… here is one that i helped my friend with.

.facebook_1050859991.facebook_606566432.facebook_-906886312It is nearly the same setup except for smaller baskets and is vertical farming/planting.

 

As this plant gets bigger and I find out more about hydroponics I will have more posts and updates.

 

Pile of crap, or how I plan to start updating again.

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Ok I am really sorry for the lack of updates. I lots of progress and projects to post about but in OCT,  I had some crap piled on top of me.

I have f5510 usb stuff, a ultrasonic distance sensor like ping thats nearly done. some cool project boxes that I sprused up, new LFS builds and fixes that I have done.
custom battery for my heli,  I’m sure I have forgotten a few……also I am super excited I have new happy hardcore vinyl!!
but lets not forget my plant hacks and a very quick ultrasonic cleaner that i needed for my ecig stuff.

so lots to come in the next month!
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MSP430F5510 sample code for RobG’s USB dev board

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Just a few pieces of sample code that I have thrown together to get a good understanding of how to make a f5510 work for me.

Also you can find more work of mine at http://43oh.com

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more fun things

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I just went to a Halloween themed flea market, in Dupage county, IL. not a lot of good picks, mostly junk (the all night flea market is much better).  But I did find one thing. I found and purchased a Futba vintage receiver, from the 80′s I think. The guy originally wanted $80 for the thing, but I worked him down to $40. I know the battery is no good, but the servos work, transmitter is untested, no battery corrosion and all wires are in good condition, the receiver is also untested but I am sure it all works.

Now just to find a project for it :)

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Another new piece of equipment that a coworker had sitting in there garage, I bought it from them, since it was collecting dust and probably would have been sitting there for years to come, unloved and unused .

This tube tester was made by precision apparatus company, model 10-12, I couldn’t find a manufacture date on it but google shows that this one was made 20-40 years ago and is a top rated mobile tube tester.
Supposedly it can test antique and new tubes with out a problem.

I can’t wait till I can get this thing tested and up and running, because I have some tubes I need to test. I really hope it doesn’t catch fire when I first plug it in.

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Advise for the day, you can find cool things almost anywhere, from your friends garage to that old rickety shop on the corner.