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#1 ISO2BWELL

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

Thought some might enjoy a tour through the ISO Farms growing facility. I've rebuilt this room from the ground up about a half-dozen times now, and this time I took into account how much time I spend out here now that I'm retired. Truth is, with computer/Internet + cable TV there's little reason to go anywhere but in the house for a fresh cup of coffee now and then. I do believe it makes the best use of the available space, so I hope you like what I've designed and constructed.

The room itself is 7'6" x 7'6" x 15'6", and it has been sectioned off into 2 distinct spaces. The Flower Room is 7" in length, leaving 8' for the veg/clone/social room.

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Above you can see the doorway to the flower room, plus the vegging area (includes the separate
small table). There is a 400W w/ Ushio Super Blue lamp, plus 2 of the 4x2 CFL bulb bathroom
fixtures. Large tub inder the table is a 30 gal. water reserve, so I always have water at the ready to feed.

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Above is the cloning area, plus there is an add'l veg area underneath that will hold 8 of the 6" pots.
To the left of the clone bench is a customized bookshelf that I've turned into a drying cabinet and
storage space.

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As you can see, I'm very particular about power cables and keeping everything clean and out of the
way. The ballast is wall-mounted, and underneath you can see a 2'x2' fold-down table that is
used for preparing buckets of nutes, etc. When I don't need it, it folds right back against the
wall and out-of-the-way. Next to the breaker box I've installed a 30A breaker with 10/2 Romex wire,
and that circuit handles the 400W ballast and related gear. All of the exhaust is handled by a 6" Vortex
fan.

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Looking into the veg room from the flower room doorway, we see the 28" x 60" desk made from 2 remaining pieces of an old Oak dining table we used to have. (Reuse and Recycle!) The monitor is a 26" Sharp LCD Monitor/TV, so by simply switching inputs (w/remote) I can switch from watching Mash to watching the web.. :devil:

In the Flower Room there is a single Cool Sun reflector with a 1000W Lumitek adjustable ballast.
That light is currently running the Ushio Super HPS lamp, and it's doing a bangup job for flowering.

Here's a couple "bud porn" shots from what's in flower currently:

Ace of Spades:

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Feel free to ask questions if ya have 'em! Been at this just a week or two now, so always willing to share what I've learned along the way.

Sir ISO GoodnStoned

Edited by ISO2BWELL, 22 January 2013 - 08:53 PM.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

So what, the wife kick you out of the house? Drivin' her crazy?

Ha ha, j/k. Awesome Job Iso. I know what you mean about rebuilding stuff all the time, Posted Image. Build it, then find out another need can be filled.
Really nice set up.
And that Ace of Spades, looking like a king!

Good Day

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

Looking very very sweet Iso. Got me dreaming again about making some big changes. Thanks for sharing and especially for the Bud Porn.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:16 AM

Iso I am so glad to find someone I atleast kinda know on here. Do you know whats going on at cannacare? And that is lovely bud porn. I like the cold toes.. it makes the girls turn into painted ladies.

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#5 ISO2BWELL

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:16 AM

Thanks all for your thoughts..glad you all like it! Took many hours of late night
work to get it to this point, and I've still got a few additions to go yet. I just started
growing again after an 18 month break, so I'm still trying to get the plants up to
speed and settle on a few strains to stick with for awhile.

This room is a late Fall through Winter grow space, and if I can add an A/C unit
to it before late Spring I'll keep growing this year right through Summer. Unfortunately,
in late Spring and Summer the concrete slab holds/dumps moisture like crazy, and
I can't keep the temps nor humidity at acceptable levels, so the A/C unit is a "must
have" item. For now, however, the temps are perfect both day and night. Lights-on
in the flower room runs 74º-76ºF, and the veg room stays at 74º while the flower room is
in light, and then the veg room will cool down to about 70º. This is with outside temps
at night running from 18º - 35ºF (cold!). Sealing the slab could help stop some of the
moisture creeping through, but living in a rainforest has it's downsides and a big
one is with all the moisture we get the warmer temps bring the outside humidity up to
80-90%, so it's coming in the walls, outside air...everywhere. Only choice is to run an
A/C unit that can dehumidify and cool at the same time, and hope for in-room humidity
levels to stick around 50% or less. Botrytis is a nasty way to lose plants you've just sunk
3-4 months of your life into.

Still, I love this place and have spent many an hour here tending the gals over the
past 5 years. Now, I get up (whenever..lol), grab a cup of java and head out here
for the day/night. I'll head in now and then to spend time with the wife (so she doesn't
think I skipped town..lol), and then when she goes to bed around 10:00 I come back
out for the night, rarely getting to bed myself before 4AM..and generally celebrate the
other 4:20 ...the one in the AM.. spineysmilie.gif

I retired (disbled) as a photographer, it was always the clients images that got processed
and never my own, so I've got quite a backlong of some superb shots that are still
in RAW and unprocessed form, and now there's time to work on them.. B) Better yet,
right out the door is a 2 car garage that is being morphed into (for lack of a better term)
"ISO's Ultimate ManCave". I've got 18' of well equipped workbench, and love to design/build
new gear for the upcoming gold prospecting season, plus this year I plan to save all my
concentrates and process them in the garage next winter. Once the grow room gets an
A/C unit, I'll start working on the garage. Wood stove, carpet half the floor so if I "crash-
and-burn" at least it won't be on solid concrete, wide-screenup on the wall and a sound
system loud enough for me to hear well.

Like my 'Ol Man always said to me..."Ya just gotta live long enough".

Dad...you were right.

Sir ISO

Edited by ISO2BWELL, 23 January 2013 - 02:29 AM.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:05 AM

Well when you get done with those concentrates i hear the black sand is good for soil amendment. :laughleaf:
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

wow iso! impressive set up! i really dig those folding tables! what a cool built in for you. real nice job! :)
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

Well done, ISO. I, too, am retired. I'm thinking of switching from dirt bag farming, to hydro. I like dirt farming, but getting rid of all the dirt, is becoming a problem. I will be keeping an eye on your progress.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

Well done, ISO. I, too, am retired. I'm thinking of switching from dirt bag farming, to hydro. I like dirt farming, but getting rid of all the dirt, is becoming a problem. I will be keeping an eye on your progress.


I really enjoy growing hydro, but it's also a lot of work packing water buckets in and out
of the room constantly, and that's a difficult thing for me to do without making a mess..lol
There's an area of the property that needs some fill dirt, so the used soil just gets tossed
out there, and in a year or so it might be getting closer to the desired level. Still, there's no
shortage of spots for extra soil (wife's flower beds!), and worst case I'll have to build the wife
some raised beds and fill them with used soil from the grows.

Papaw: Loads of black sand around..never thought to supplement my soil with it however.
Damn good idea!

ISO
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

Very nice. You sure did a great job!
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Iso. I look forward to following your journal and experiencing your adventure with you. I love your setup! -Scoob
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:37 AM

am still chuckling at the sir goodnstoned :) what a beautiful set up you have....everything in its place... only suggestion I'd say., is why don't ya just bring a coffee pot down to the man cave you have?

wishing you a wonderful journey! got my seat and I'm along for the ride!
B) its 2:30 am here lmao... want to see who passes out first? j/k enjoy your scenery :)
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:24 AM

am still chuckling at the sir goodnstoned :) what a beautiful set up you have....everything in its place... only suggestion I'd say., is why don't ya just bring a coffee pot down to the man cave you have?

wishing you a wonderful journey! got my seat and I'm along for the ride!
B) its 2:30 am here lmao... want to see who passes out first? j/k enjoy your scenery :)


I've only got 1:14 here now, and odds are high that I'll be high and in bed before 3AM tonight.
Still got 5 rooted clones to pot up, and if it wasn't for having cable in here I would've been done
long ago.. :unsure:

Came up with that morphed handle some years back, and just finally started to use it. Truth is,
some don't understand the "ISO2BWELL", or "ISO", and some pronounce ISO as "IS O". This
clears all that up with correct pronunciation, and the moniker is most appropriate... :321:

Sir ISO (and yep!) GoodnStoned

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:38 PM

Hi There Sir ISO, I know what you mean, that carpet is much easier to crash and burn on.ha ha. I find your writing very witty. It has a dancing and bouoncing entertaining value that carries you a long as if a jingle or common tune we all enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and that black sand has me thinking. That is just volcanic rock, or basalt? I could get tons of it near MT Lassen, but I would have to grind it up myself, and at my age, I don't think that is gonna happen. However, I have a child or two that stop by from time to time, hmmm? Better get a sledgehammer. Bye for now, Eek
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:38 AM

Thanks Eek...and I take it you're another one that tends to "tip over" from time to time? I'm OK most of the time, but some days my remaining balance just isn't enough to stop me if I get tilted too far in the wrong direction. In here I've always got something solid to grab on to, as all the benches, ets. are tied in together and very solid. The "black sand" we're referencing is what is left over after you've panned down the concentrates from a sluice box, dredge or just simply when panning gold. These are small pieces of magnetite, (aka: iron filings/black sand). Easy stuf to find, really, and all you need to do is go find a sandy area near a creek or riverbed and start dragging a magnet through the sand. Decent sized magnet and a good area you're sure to pick up all the iron filings/black sand that you would need. Never added it to my soil before, and odds are I won't be since I'm switching over to a CoCo/Soil blend. Glad I give ya a laugh now and then..decided long ago that, while being sick might take away much of my freedom, the one thing it can't take is my sense of humor, and I ain't giving it up for nuthin' :rock on:

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:19 AM

now you're sucking diesel ISO stanandollie.gif

amazing setup very, very tidy Posted Image Posted Image

looking forward to seeing them undeveloped bud porn pics :drool:

Health and happiness
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

Hey Sir ISO! Great space and a very nice tour of the garden, much appreciated, besides your awesome facilities making me jealous those pics of Ace Of Spades made me drool, lol! Amazing place man! Thanks//Stock
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

so that's what an AOS girl looks like,,,,,great setup,,,,,,above ground cave...lol have fun
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

you may want to invest in some dehumidifiers as it evens out the RH and is a source of free water,,,,,does need cal/mag to be added but can deliver a fair amount of water.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

coming in late to the game. just wanted to give a quick holler to ISO! Good to see you're out there, doing the thing. Back at it, no less and what a nice little setup. anyway, just wanted to say "high" and hope the setup is treating you well bud! catch you 'round.




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