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I recently put together a basic automated pollen tumbler.  There is not really much to it.  I will do my best to get a full howto up soon, but without a doubt this is much better than using my old DIY Pollen Sifter.

Supplies Needed

  • Medium sized Rubermaid
  • Car window motor
  • 2 gallon bucket 
  • Silk screen
  • Ball bearings
  • Doweling
  • Nuts and bolts

Tools Needed

  • Dremel
  • Screwdriver
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • hole saw 
  • Drill

 

I started by making the tumbler part.  I used a 2 gallon bucket for the shell, and used the Dremel to cut out holes in the bucket.  Then I used hot glue to attach the silk screen to the bucket.  After that I used the hole saw to drill a hole centered on the bottom and the lid for the bearings.  Attach the wheel bearing to the bucket with hot glue.  When your are ready to use it you just need to fill it with your trim pop the top on then stick the the doweling through the bearings.

 

Once I had the bucket done you are ready to started on the stand.  Cut the bottom off of the Rubbermaid.  Then cut out 2 1/2" notches in the bottom side to slide the doweling in.  After that all that is left is to mount the window motor.  I used long screws with wing nuts.  Just line up whee the holes need to be and drill.  You can either solder on a power jack as I did, or cut a power supply and attach the wires. 

I use the glass from an old reflector to put under it, but any glass or smooth surface will work.  With virtually no work needed on your part this is by far the best method for extracting kief to make hash or just smoke straight.

 

I am planning on making a cleaner better working model soon and a couple things I would do differently are first leave more plastic on the center of the bucket where the silkscreen goes.  How it is now the bucket is pretty flimsy and that gives slack on the screen.  You want it to be as tight as possible and that just isn't happening.  I think if I had a thicker bucket, or as I said just leave more material it would produce better quality kif.  Second I would try to find doweling and bearing with the same diameter.  I had to shave my doweling down and it just doesn't work as good as it could.

You can toss in some dry ice and it will greatly increase your yield.

Here is a link to a short video of it running.  I know it is not pretty,  but she gets the job done.  

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You never really know what is coming out with your water from the tap. Whether you are growing hydroponics or soil it is always a good idea to have the purest water possible. There are all sorts of minerals coming along with your water. Some of these minerals make no difference to the plant, but some can cause serious problems. They can even go so far as nutrient lockout. By running your water through RO you can rest assured that your water is free from any contaminates.

A lot of people think that they can get the same effect running water through a water purifier. This is not the case. The water purifiers are more of a filter to get out the larger particle. Some of the stuff in your tap water is there for a reason and can add to the taste.

 

Here is a cheap and very simple reverse osmosis machine.  Almost a little too simple, and really isn't much to write about.

As always you can change it up a bit. but here is how I went about it. Supplies needed

1 Mr. Clean Autodry car wash at least a few feet of 3/8 ID tubing 3 hose clamps 1 hose adapter to 3/8" barb fitting 3 zip ties

Realistically I think you can just hook up a hose to the unit and be done, but my thinking is where is the fun in that.

When you open up the unit you will see a series of 3 tubes. one is for plain water. The second one is so you can have soap mix in with the water. I was thinking this would be nice to put ph up or down in, but would probably be too hard to determine the ratio it mixes. The third one is the one we want. .This tube goes through a series of filters that will get your water down to virtually 0 PPMs.   Take not to what side the water comes in at

Once I took it all apart all I needed from inside was the adapter the cartridge slides into. Then I used zip ties to secure the cartridge to the adapter.   Using the hose clamps connect your tubing to the in and out.  Then add the hose fitting to the end of the in tube and you are done.  

The water comes out pretty slow and it is pretty easy to forget about it when you are filling your res.  I would just set a timer for every half hour and continue checking on it until your reservoir is full.  Using a float valve is also an option.

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DIY Pollen Sifter

There are many uses for the trim after harvest.  Even if I am going to make butter, process it through some bubble bags, or make oil I like to do a quick run through a sifter to collect some of the trichomes for pressing into hash or just sprinkling on a bowl.

With all the other meathods I used in the past I would have a layer of kif on everything.  I like this system because all the kif is contained in the bucket.  You end up with more kif in the long run because there is no loss coating everything you own.  This also helps out recucing allergies because there is no pollen floating around.

 



DIY Grow Light controller

When it comes to providing power to you lights there are many options.  a controller is by far the easiest.  Here is a simple controller that can be made for under $45.00.  Remember to be safe anytime you are working with electricity.

 

DIY Reverse Osmosis

 

 

How to build a DIY pollen tumbler

Makes fast work of all your trim and popcorn nugs.  This is the first one and needs a lot of work, but does what it is supposed to even if it isn't pretty.

 

 

 

 


DIY Grow Tent

 

This is a small DIY hydro hut type grow tent I built in the corner of a room.  Made out of 1x2 and 2x2 furring strips wrapped with panda paper.  Over all this was a cheap alternative to the manufactured huts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pollen Sifter older version

This was the first sifter I made.  It is cheap, easy, and did a good job.  About the only thing I didn't like was that it got kif everywhere.


DIY Aerocloner

This is pretty much the same build as the Bubble cloner with a few change towards the end.

DIY Bubble Cloner

Easy cloner you can make extremely cheap. Or even free if you like most of us have piles of random hydro gear.

An aerocloner works a lot like the Bubble Cloner, however rather than using an air pumps they use a water pump.  The container is made just like the bubble cloner.  Rather than having an air stone and air pump you will use a pump with misters.  

All you need is a small Rubbermaid container, a pump, PVC pipe with 4 90 degree and 1 3 way fittings(you can use poly tubing for this also), Mister fittings, and a pump.