Ok, you guys know me better, I am not just going to sit around all day and watch the news, trying to figure out where I am going to get my next roll of TP. I decided to get busy with the projects I have had on the back burner.
So, here is my challenge!
– how to convert 4′ X 18″ Metro wire rack shelving into a seed starting garden?
-how to suspend and power (4) LED plant lights above the seedlings ?
I wanted to turn my upstairs landing into a greenhouse ( I got a funny look from Hope when I told her what I was about to do).
So, here are my thoughts:
- I had the metro shelving
- I had the lighting
- Had to come up with a way to suspend the lights over the shelving in a way that they could be adjustable, when the plants grow (I hope) I have to raise the lights.
- 4 lights, I needed electrical outlets.
- Needed a time clock to turn the light on and off. (have this)
- Plants require water, had to come up with a waterproof container placed on top of the Metro shelving to catch the water.
My challenge: “stay at home” using all the materials I have to make this project happen.
Above are the electrical materials that I needed. I just didn’t want to use extension cords, unsafe.
I had the 1/2″ copper pipe for hanging the light fixtures. The biggest challenge was the wood, I needed 20′ of 1″X4″ pine for the structure. So, I took some old 1″x12″ shelving apart, ripped it on my table saw to the width I needed. Success!!!
So here we are, the completed interior seed starting structure. I bolted the 1″x4″ wood supports to the Metro shelving.
The electrical installation starts with mounting two surface mounted boxes.
Using all the techniques I taught you in the electrical class and workshop, I pulled all the wire to the two surface mounted boxes, (white wires, black wires, grounds) . I had an old 14 gauge extension cord that I used to connect the two outlets to the time clock/power source.
Power is done!!
Next challenge: eventually the plants had to be watered, I had to find a way to stop the water from messing up my wooden floor. First thought was to use the cover from a storage bin. It’s made of plastic, wouldn’t leak, great first thought. The only problem, it wasn’t flat, the plants, if I got any, would not sit straight under the lights. So, it was TLC time. Using whatever bits and pieces of wood I had, I built two trays. The waterproofing membrane I used was the 6 ml. heavy duty visqueen plastic that I showed you in class #4, your home’s insulation.
Interior Seed Starting Structure is Completed