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bwaynef

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #165 on: April 14, 2014, 01:41 PM »
I won't be recommending this setup to any of my local friends who aren't proficient in Linux ...because they'd want me to support it and there isn't enough time in my days.  Nothing I'm doing is particularly difficult, but it requires a decent understanding of Linux, cron (timing), bash (scripting to be called by cron), ...and possibly compiling code (temperature & humidity sensing).  So far, nothing I'm going to end up using has needed any customization of code, but to get some of the things I've tested working I did have to.

While mine will be in my greenhouse, I'm going to further compartmentalize it.  I haven't determined final dimensions, but you ought to be able to extrapolate everything out and use your garage for what I have in mind.

Full Disclosure: the thermometer/humidistat-controlled portion might be shelved initially as I'm running into slight complications and want to go ahead and get started propagating in the next li'l while.

To answer your questions more directly:
1.) You can attempt to control for humidity without a greenhouse.  The misters will simply activate more often.  And controlling for humidity doesn't HAVE to me 90+ % humidity.
2.) I'd recommend you go with the simpler solution.  You stand the chance of frustrating a friend ...or being frustrated at him for this not being the same priority for him as it is for you.  Like I said before, I've used a system like yours.  It works a lot better than nothing.  See if it doesn't meet your needs before you go to the trouble of a computer-controlled system.
 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #166 on: September 12, 2014, 09:20 AM »
I didn't get going with this system until mid-late summer ...and grew immediately frustrated because of the tank/pump system I chose to go with.  So, I've scrapped the pressurized pump and gone with a brass garden hose to pipe (used on the solenoid) adapter.  These can be had @ Lowe's and probably Home Depot, but I couldn't find a picture of one on their website, so I've linked to a similar one below.

There's no more forgetting to fill or pressurize the tank.  There's also considerably more pressure, and more consistent pressure.  I'm giving up a bit of portability, but that may've been a ridiculous thing to aim for anyway.  What I gain is more than worth it and it simplifies the design ...which doesn't really matter to anybody but me.

Now I just need to find things worth propagating.  (Oh, and build new benches in the greenhouse.)


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