Saturday, December 7, 2013

Service Panel/Busted Pipes

Electrician came and installed the electric service panel and grounds.


4g Wire

 Four copper pipes burst when we neglected to drain the system one night.

A blessing In disguise, it turns out that the company that made made the heating panel forgot to solder a joint (shown by the pipe with bare copper)


Monday, December 2, 2013

Insulated Fish Tank and LEDs

Almost done

Bio filter wraped with a single layer of Reflectix

2" Drain plumbing

To be filled with Bio-balls or gravel

Insulated 55 gallon drum 

R-13 Insulation covered with Reflectix bubble wrap


Heat transfer coil

Hot Water Heating Coils 
99' of 1/2" Poly tubing

Drum with biofilter 

300w Aquarium heater

Foam lid with plumbing holes.

When tested 15 gallons of water beginning at 55C and dropped to 33C in 11 hours and was 33C at 14 hours

Aluminium Stock

Buck Block wiring
Trimmed and shrink wrapped

Transformer for Light rail
24v x 1.7A = 40.8w

First LED rail mounted

Testing last light rail for this bed.

Greenhouse LEDs at night.
A little brighter than Floros, and no mercury.

LED lighting from 6"

Greenhouse Lights from the road.

Colorado Aquaponics

A road to the greenhouse?

West Side

Top Side

East Side

South Side

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Bearing weight

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Greenhouse Lights/Homebrew LED

All the parts laid out

Cree Emitters mounted to Stars

Cree Star with solder applied to the pads.  It is important to apply the solder to the pad before mounting the LED to a heatsink.


Aluminium stock that the LEDs will mount to.
The strips are 1"W x 1/8"D x 144"L

Aluminium stock mounted to pine strips.

The Stock was attached with self tapping 1" screws.

LEDs and Thermal epoxy

Layout of the different color LEDs

The aluminum is cleaned with steel wool, 
rubbing alcohol and toilet paper

With surfaces clean the LED can be epoxied to the aluminum stock

 Wiring the LEDs together using 20g wire.

Epoxied 2100ma Buckpuck transformer

 Testing the first strip of lights





In sequence