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Discussion in 'Unit Farm' started by Son of Hobbes, Oct 4, 2017.
The Widows should be well lit...
@Son of Hobbes that light looks pretty impressive...
Veg + Bloom!
Here's the light sitting against the chair with VEG on.
And starting to move the provided eyewear protection into view:
What a difference that makes! WOW! Protect your eyes guys! This thing is incredibly bright!
VEG+BLOOM without glasses:
With VEG+BLOOM with the glasses:
BLOOM only with glasses:
And the eyewear completely covering the camera lens:
Hi Hobbes, Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. Cannot wait to see your beautiful girls under UFO-320.
Hey good afternoon everyone! Updating on the 5 x 5 grow tent that was sent along with the light here!
The tent was sent in a long cardboard box and has a few fairly common markings on it that I've seen on other tents I've tried out. The box did look a little beat up but there's some pretty heavy stuff in there with all the poles and material, but nothing was compromised on the inside.
Here are the markings on each side of the box if you're concerned with how it might look sitting outside your doorstep if you're not home:
Nothing sharp now!
And opening it up, you can see there is a layer of cardboard on top as added protection:
The canvas part of the tent is enclosed in a plastic sleeve:
They did send instructions for the tent but there are only a few smatterings of English on it if that's your primary language (not that this is rocket science,) but the pictures themselves are very helpful if you've never put a tent together before or find it daunting/challenging. I did put the tent up and together myself, so one person can easily assemble it.
So without further adieu, I give you Bedienungsanleitung! Say that three times fast with a mouthful of crackers.
And the instructions:
Here's what is included underneath the tent for poles and accessories:
Bag of corner connectors:
Straps for your carbon scrubbers:
Locking tent poles:
Everything is labeled with clearly marked stickers:
The corner connectors:
These really are awesome if you've ever used older style tents or possibly even cheaper made tents today, but the locking poles into the corners really stands up to some abuse versus the old plastic corner connectors. I have some of the old plastic ones and I'll get some pictures of all the cracks and stress/pressure marks and fractures on them. These are durable and made to last quite a bit longer.
Everything all splayed out and ready to go!
Here's where I ran into a little bit of a problem. One of the poles (and seemingly only one) seems to be a bit a off in where the hole aligns up. "How off?" you might say?
That's a little off.
Oofda I should have swept before taking these pictures. I have a cat(s). You've been warned.
Here I'm applying a pretty considerable amount of pressure while trying to get the two pieces to fit in. There are no binds anywhere else in the connections and I removed all of the cords underneath the bars that were laying there in case something was causing it to be uneven (that didn't fix anything.) They did fit in but I was not able to get the pin hole to properly align up without applying a pretty good amount of torque on the pole.
I had taken the tent down recently to put in a different area (which I'll go into a bit here later) and put the frame back up, I ran into the same issue even having a larger area of space to maneuver in, although again I was able to get the tent poles to lock in.
Second issue I had (and this is not major or anything,) but the corner locking pieces have a little black plastic tab that server as a barrier between the metal and the canvas material. The black plastic pieces are very loose and kept falling out while getting the tent frame into alignment for the tent shell. I only mention it because they fell out a surprising amount of times and I kept going "now where did this come from lol?" so simply be aware when assembling the tent.
And putting up the tent:
The tent is lined with a checkered reflective material all over.
Here I'm aligning the tent poles into the very bottom of the tent shell. There's one of those damn loose corner connectors lol!
And it fits in snug as a bug in a rug!
From here I work the two sides of the tent over on the left and right respectively, then take the entire top of the tent (what is considered the top) and pull it over the frame. Do it slow, don't bind on any seams, and it goes easy. Very little stretching of fabric required and if you are grunting and having to stretch it, you're doing it wrong and may damage the tent fabric.
With a little fast-forward magic, BOOM!
And that is one nice looking grow tent.
You've got Velcro tabs on the bottom and top that allow the flaps to stay up and enclosed (better light leak protection around the zipper areas.)
There's a mesh pocket area for your iPad or cell phone while working in the tent! Personally I'd throw some emergency snacks in there, maybe something high carb like a Snickers, for when those low-blood sugar hunger pains hit while checking out the plants or whatnot.
It has the 6" double socked ports with a cinch tie for your ductwork. I'll grab some more pictures but there is a port at the bottom for power cables and things like that for electronics on the bottom of the tent.
I do have to comment on one major thing myself and everyone that has come through the front door in my house has said. The tent stinks. It smells very much like a plastic smell. I noticed it as I unfolded the tent fabric shell, then my Mrs comes in from the outdoors and asks me what the odor in the house is (it filled the house.) The odor smell has dissipated considerably as it's sat and vented a bit, but recently I took the tent down and into a new area and the smell is still there a bit, lingering. I'm not tremendously worried about it effecting the plants by any means, but there's a chemical smell to the tent and that needs to be pointed out.
A few more pictures of the tent to come and this baby's about to take off! Will be doing the multiple white widows under the Unit Farm LED using autopots!
The tent and led looks very nice. I'll be following along shortly with setting up my tent.