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  1. Finally convinced a friend to upgrade from HID, helped him build a LED qb bar light. He was thinking of retiring the HID for many reasons. replacing shit the whole time. electricity consumption. heat.... told him if he puts out the cash I'll source and order the shit for him, recieve everything and when time comes to slap it all together I'll just need a hand, he just needed that last nudge and so it begins! I think I was more excited about the build than he was! He's got a 1.2m x 1.2m x 2m tent, so we basically copied the 4'x4' example design on LED gardener, used the Q series samsung LM301H strips in 3000k. First things first, size of the tent will determine the size of the frame that we build for the LEDs. Work out how much Aluminium strip we gona need. Source local aluminium extrusions. This was the only profile available in bulk on the day, we didn't wana wait, so we planned around this. You can work with any profile and have any extrusion company roll out the profile you want at the lenght you want. Easiest part of the build. Having the aluminium, knowing how you can lay strips on the extrusion profile you can use this information to spread out the LED strips as much as possible so there are no fluxuation areas. no need to raise the hight of the light to get better coverage which would mean loosing intensity. no need to have to have certain height requirements for best output, because you don't have excessive heat coming from the light and not ALL the light comes from one spot and then has to spread, instead you spread the strips out further so you can bring them closer to your plants without having intensity issues. also the configuration being a bar style light you wont have issues with the fixture heating up at all. we run the light for 18hrs, shine laser thermometer on the frame from below the light source, got 34°C. 5cm away from the light source on the aluminium frame we got 29°C and at leaf surface at 15cm away it was room temperature... will get a apogee under the light asap, if anyone wants to follow up on that. now, the layout.... knowing what amount of strips you gona use and the size of tent you have to put them all in, you build a frame that can easily fit inside the tent then just space out the strips as much as possible. Next step was to cut the aluminium to the right lengths and clean up the edges. Along with the aluminium for the frame you'll need the smallest pop rivets the shop has to offer and a aluminium drill bit same size as the rivets. Now, slap the frame together. 2 long slats get a tine 45° corner cut out the flat so the fin is still in one peice, make a small cut on the other side so you're able to bend the aluminium without it snapping. grab a big 90° angle, make sure you have 2 x 90° angles. lay them together making sure all 4 corners are 90°, throw some clamps on, drill right throug the 2 corners that meet and pop them together with the rivet. Now grab a electrical junction box to hide all your wire conections, use the junction box to space out the aluminium stips, making sure you can fit enough strips on to accommodate all the LED strips needed. using a pensil, mark out where the aluminium strips lay and number them 1 - X and mark the frame with numbers corresponding to the strip that goes there. drill holes in all the aluminium strips where you need to pop them to the frame, put them back on the frame using the numbers to see where each one goes, use the hole im the aluminium strip to mark where you need to drill into the frame, drill all the marked points, lay them out, pop them in. here is what ours looked like at this point. BOOOM!!!!! got a digikey box in the mail It's all there and all undamaged! Now that we have the driver. it's time to build a bracket to hold the driver in place. same like we built the square for the frame, just a small one, like this.... -note the corners driver still has some space to move around, but sits nice and snug, we ended up putting two small self tap screws throug the screw slots at the bottom of the driver to hold it in place, didn't get photos of it, but did get photos of how we attached the bracket to the frame, using two small peices of aluminium and popping them onthe the fins upside down we now had a flat surface to mount the bracket onto. like this... Here's where we're at now, Time to make this big boy easy to hang! 5.5mm threaded hooks with 2 self locking nuts, one screwed all the way to the top and one to hold it in place. Time to slap on some double sided thermal tape, this tape can hold up to 60kg at 120°C.... or so it sais..... so it should work! AND YOU KNOW WHAT COMES AFTER THE THERMAL TAPE!!!!! FUCK YEAH step by step getting there!!! now for the fun part, the wire nightmare.... luckily I have OCD-AF and find great therapy in wire management! we also quickly reaslised that we're going to need more than one junction box, easy peasy, the driver has 2 outputd so slap another one on the other side of the driver and have half the wires one side of the light and other half on the other side. I got so carried away with finishing up the light I never took a photo of what the wiring looked like when I was finished, but that was by far the most satisfying thing about the whole build. when time came to plug the bitch in I was just focussing on the damn light. here she is in all her pride and glory here she is lighting up the tent, and this is where she'll be for the next 10 years probably. hopefully. it's a 1mx1m frame in a 1.2m x 1.2m tent - fits perfect. those intetested in the wire work if you wana see what it looks like I'll lower the light to take a couple photos, otherwise this last photo will show just how hidden and tucked away everything is. not one loose hanging wire, no excessive wires, no bulky no extras. Now to answer some questions..... LED Strips - R3831 Driver - R2300 Import Tax - R1500 Aluminium - R600 Thermal tape - R200 Ratchet ropes x 2 - R300 Those are all the more expensive parts of the build, the other stuff like hooks, wires, wago connectors, cable ties + hooks for wire management, pop rivets all those things gona work out +/- another R500 Let's say all in all = R9231 that's that. buddy got 3 x Peanut Butter Breath cuts and 3 x Canna Health Genetic #21 cuttings under that light, potted in FF premium classic, will post few updates here as things progress. have a good weekend all!
    12 points
  2. It's a bitter sweet ending, and standing at that cross roads having to decide which direction is going to best serve the next decade of my life... Totemic was really never meant to become a brand, but kind of gravitated that way. It's always been about actively opposing those laws that would criminalize me for growing, breeding, and sharing that with the community. My genetics is out there in practically every corner of the country, serving their purpose beautifully, and will echo in other strains they inspire. It really has been an awesome journey, and while I move onto other things, I'll always be growing.
    9 points
  3. 6 weeks in and 3 to go... Whole room. PC12 are the tall plants in the picture. Lower nug of PC12 showing some proper resin production. She starts forming trichs late in the game.
    9 points
  4. Our new stock has just arrived. We have some new gear from Lucky Dog and Karma, as well as a restock of some of the favourites. New Gear: Sunshine Biscuits by Lucky Dog - Cherry AK x Chemdog 91 Zephyr by Lucky Dog - Royal Apple x Chemdog 91 Goji Dog by Lucky Dog - (Goji OG x Stardawg) x Chemdog 91 Catahoula by Lucky Dog - Triangle Kush x Chemdog 91 Restock: Old Dirty Biker (Karma) Sweet Chem (Lucky Dog) Glueberriez (OSG) Old Widow (OSG) Critical Banana (OSG) OSG Cheese (OSG) White Afghan Skunk (OSG) White Bubblegum (OSG) I will start loading on the site later today.
    8 points
  5. PC12 at 53 days She is a late bloomer it seems. This pheno has both parents in the structure. The only pheno we came across that exhibits this. She has hit her stride now. She is getting denser and frostier by the day. Quite literally. These plants are all about 6ft tall just for reference, as the photos don't really show how big they are.
    6 points
  6. for those who need legal support when the -shit for brains- police show up https://fieldsofgreenforall.org.za/stop-the-cops/ take a moment to study that shit guys, keep the help at the ready, keep yourselves safe. Support the legal movement! cops show up at my house saying it smells like weed, I keep my mouth shut and wait for them to say something else. If that's all it is, I tell them thanks and go back in my house. if they ask to enter my property, I keep my mouth shut and wait for them to say something else. if they don't present permits or warrents with something better than "suspicion because this house smells like weed" written on it then there is no case. No permits? No entry. make the police aware you are backed by a legal team and if they have permits with valid reasons you have to let them in, if they arrest you for anything, let them. don't fight them. if you know you are within your rights, they will be the ones facing legal actions. ANY AND ALL papers you are handed are NOT to be signed with any lawyers present. No paperwork gets done without any lawyers present. if you don't have lawyers you get in touch with Fields Of Green For All and have a chat with them. don't wait for the police to be at your front door to then run around like a headless chicked trying to figure it out. these arrests MUST be stopped, we need to get smart and make examples of these fucking asshole cops. In the Natures Farmacy case 3 cops lost their jobs due to wrongful arrest, because someone spent a couple hours studying the legal framework. I bet that branch of SAPS will not be so quick to arrest again.... https://www.netwerk24.com/netwerk24/ZA/Paarl-Post/Nuus/dagga-cafe-in-pickle-20210615-2 this article ends off with the co owner seeking legal action, I got the beef straight from the horses mouth, but I don't think an article was published on the 3 police men that had to look for new jobs. because who wants to push that narrative? it's litetally up to us to break this bullshit narrative, some people on the forefront and have already won the legal battles, while the rest of us still sitting here scratching our heads trying to figure it out and scared to be locked up. hahah not me
    6 points
  7. My house is allowed to by law smell of cannabis, and in fact always does. That doesn't in my opinion give saps the right to enter. I would in reasonable circumstances also allow saps in to my house since according to me I'm within my rights, and I have nothing to hide... But saps isn't the idealistic police force we would imagine a police force to be as a child. It's rotting at the core for the most part. Allowing them in it seems, gives them the scope to write the story of what's going on there on the fly as they find 'evidence' to support a narrative. That's speculation, and won't survive a trial without other evidence of an actual crime, which the article has failed to communicate. Where is the victim? What crime has happened?
    6 points
  8. PC12 at 46 days They haven't quite turned the corner yet, but that will happen soon. Smell is vicks and sour fruit.
    6 points
  9. AntZilla going strong. I'll try and get in there with the microscope tomorrow.
    6 points
  10. Auto's doing what Auto's do
    6 points
  11. Hey guys new to the forum ....been a happy grower for many years and was member of many forums in the past...joined here to see if I can connect...with fellow growers share advice and even genetics...the forums I use to be on were all American and European sites....so I'm very excited to connect with peeps from my own country.....Bundy
    5 points
  12. Today I decided it’s time for more wattage in the tent. It is going to be cold next couple of days. It also looked like they can handel more light. I am only on the 185hlg the other one will be kicked into action when we reach flowering.
    5 points
  13. Hey guys Been there once...done exactly that! Went back to absolute basics. Organic soil, the sun, no nutes only compost, rain water, no ph testing, no training, no defoliation. She grew like a demon until a storm showed up.... She was a good few weeks from harvest, some branches held on by the skin of their stems until I couldn't risk the wpm and bud rot and harvested. Some branches just sat on the tree and dried. She made awesome oil and a great smoke too.
    5 points
  14. And the 288 QBs i use. Very even light profile, no ac running at all.
    5 points
  15. So. Everything is looking good. I have 4 Bobby’s Widow u and going. I still have hope for the 5th one to join the club. The 6th one’s tap root had issues.
    5 points
  16. Yes when Led was still kak expensive it was worth building your own lights. But with Lumii Black 720w coming into The market it will be hard to build something for cheaper than that.
    5 points
  17. Ok final decisions made natural selection. Line up. Sour Apple Auro - Humboldt Planet of the Grapes - Ethos Pluto Cut - Ethos Skywalker Haze - Dutch Passion Gorilla Cookies - Fast Buds Sour Diesel - Seed stocker (I hope it is worth something. Maybe it turns out to be the best) I will be planting the Bobby’s Widow some time this week. Just waiting for some heat.
    5 points
  18. Beginning of lockdown when fags were expensive I experimented on herbal recipes for my vape while I was waiting for my beer to brew. One thing lead to another and we now grow a variety of herbs and West Coast Vaper was born. I get to walk out into the nursery and pick herbs as and when needed for projects now. A little lavender and rosemary harvest for a pork brisket rub I'm working on for a client. Unfortunately my CBD grow ended up not being CBD so have a few unhappy customers.
    4 points
  19. Another half ass update, it’s just so wet outside, all day long so I really am quite done with these plants lol but here goes Some of the plants are close to done, other are really taking long, so I may harvest what I can this weekend or next and update on the bud I get out, just to note the experiment plant of the gorilla glue, is in limbo land and I’m sure she will stay like that for a good forever, so I’m also just gona composting her, unfortunate but ya, the 2 sugar widows coming out nicely
    4 points
  20. Grow diaries where it's at.
    4 points
  21. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Blessed to have some of your genetics in my collection. Now they can be classified as Limited Edition i guess... Jah Guide bra
    4 points
  22. Hi thanx for the warm welcome... To answer your question ...no i have nothing growing right now....I stopped growing for a while when my son was born as it was still against the law in sa that time...since then I have been gagging to get started up again....but had sold and got rid of all my genetics and equipment....but now I'm getting lined up to start a small new grow just for personal consumption...where I use to grow to breed genetics and make dank crosses as well as I use to beta test genetics for certain seed banks ...I'm inlove with mj and breeding genetics but that takes a lot of space and gear as well as time I don't have...I'll get there again...well that's the plan.... So what I got now is a few strains in clone form a buddy is keeping them for me....I got a 5 bucket dwc/drip system 600 watt hps ...in a 1200x1200 grow tent...for flowering and for vegging I do the motherless system so I veg my cuts in the airocloner to size I desire before putting em.into flower So probably by the weekend I'll have my cuts collected and stuck into my tent Strains I'm holding are Pie face Bb cheese Blue dream Slurricane Sdv 3 Kyle kushmans strawberry cough the elite clone only strain Dabney blue elite clone only strain So my mate has been growing them and kept them going for me for the last few years.....I lost loads of genetics that was traded and breed from independent breeders from across the world and hence the reasons I joined here...hopefully link some decent growers share strains and info maybe even make a some friends
    4 points
  23. Blessings and salutations sir. Please do let us know of any endeavors you might have in future so that we may continue to support you in any way we can.
    4 points
  24. Good advice. Print and stick that up on your wall. I subscribe to Field's of green for all and have everything concerning your rights and the law up on my wall. Like the pubs have their license and permit to trade on display I try the same. Not a license to trade but my rights according to the government. Sent from my S40 using Tapatalk
    4 points
  25. A case happening in Atlantis area at the moment. A friend who owns a farm, ie owner and landlord. Another so called friend (fucked us all over with his charm and shenanigans), tenant. Tenant convinced landlord he had a license to grow. Tried warning landlord there is no such thing for private yet. Tenant grew 100 odd trees plus some up in Greyton and then some indoor. Tenant thought he was a big boy and supplied various gangs in Atlantis. Landlords farm got raided as drug squad had been watching tenant's dealing. They found just under 15kg flower vacuum packed in 1kg packs in the landlords house and some unlicensed ammunition and licenced weapons. Area rented by tenant they bagged close to 150kg of cannabis harvested, drying and curing, hash and hash processing equipment (two mini washing machines). Tenant on the run. Landlord and his wife spent the weekend in the cells. Cops and the drug squad were very professional with the raid apparently although they [emoji780] the wife for answering the door with a cocked pistol. She saw cars screeching into the farm and dude's in balaclavas with guns surrounded her house. You wanna get shot, try that shit out here where we live in the bush. After the weekend in jail for whatever legal police reasons they at home. Told by the police and drug squad they have nothing to worry about and no charges against them. They after the tenant. I asked the landlord where am I going to source flower for my products now. The fucker smiled at me and says 'they left the flower where it was'. Looked at it, photographed it and left it. Suppose it depends on the raiding cops understanding or not of the law unfortunately. Sent from my S40 using Tapatalk
    4 points
  26. 4 points
  27. So they are really starting to grow faster now. Gave them a good watering/feed on Friday. Today just a good watering. The sour diesel from seed stocker is showing no pre-flower yet. The Sour Apple from Humboldt seed company is just starting to flower. Gorilla cookies was stunted but after the feed is also looking better. And the 2 kushes have got lekker wife leaves and are looking good. Bobby’s widow plants are catching up now. The are 65 day strains.
    4 points
  28. And just like that, no more braai days for AntZilla. It's that time of the year, mist hangs around till 10ish these mornings and the first sign of bud rot. Small but it's the start. Had flash backs of Haunted Kush Cake what with the aromas, colour and ease of trim. Another one of my threads closed. Thanks for tagging along.
    4 points
  29. I'll reserve comment for now. It would be great to find out more about how they manage to circumvent the current grey wall we are all staring at... The high court hasn't even spoken on the club model, nvm the apex court
    4 points
  30. I discovered these dudes called Under The Table Members Club (UTTMC) and they are pretty much the same model as THC. I was reading through their site and I saw this; ..and I think, huh? Verdict is still out with THC so where is this compliance and from who? So a little digging comes up with this: Who in the hell are GOA? These dudes are giving me Cannapax vibes with the black magic fuckery they doing with establishing their own loopholes when we all know that no legal framework exists and they are basing their entire model on the constitutional judgment from 2018 and because the two years that parliament had to establish the laws has lapsed people are just going free-for-all before the THC judgment is made or before parliament drops us a big dookie of a law. It seems kinda predatory to take payment from people and tell them they are "compliant" without actually having any legality to back it up. You literally cannot pull up any regulation or law in South Africa for this unless you're going through the Medicines Act, that is the only regulation that exists right now. I'm also open to being tuned. Nothing would make my day better than knowing I can go do the same and openly run a cannabis club under some arbitrary compliance, but I've also seen plenty people burned before.
    4 points
  31. Things have got tight lately, even for myself. You have got the skills, and have faith it will work out for you, the industry is changing and will need folk like us, it's only time now. It's easy to have the money and idea to have the seed bank or be the breeder, but at the end of the day, can they do what you can, or can they grow like we do, know the plants like we do?
    3 points
  32. Picture above is the Skywalker Haze auto from Dutch passion. Then a group photo. Then sour apple auto from HSC. Then the Pluto cut auto then the Planet of the grapes both ethos. Then gorilla cookies from Fast Budz 420. Last pic is of the 2 Bobby’s Widow males they have been Isolated in the other tent. The sour apple is ready to be pollinated just waiting for the pollen to be dropped.
    3 points
  33. Lol ja brother ......it's exactly that Al Bundy .....lmao....got the nick name from having my hand in my pants all the time when i was a laaitie just like Al from the show love and marriage
    3 points
  34. All the best bru, lucky we all know you personally and will surely still be able to get some of those awesome genetics, what ever the future holds, it must include your strains I hope! this doesn’t necessary mean you are stopping what you are doing with breeding? If you are closing the store.l? I dono, I’m making assumptions.
    3 points
  35. Was too tempted to take a pic of this just because… rooooots
    3 points
  36. I've owned the 600W Blackline electronic ballast and it's as loud as any airpump or fan I've used, except instead of a hum it's a high pitched rrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeee!!!!
    3 points
  37. Hello 420sa members, Sunday is always a good day for a small bit of gardening, my garden is a wreck at the moment, but we are still kicking, some updates on the plants, I think they are flowering better here, let’s see how it goes. the experiment plant of the Gg#4 clone is setting up for its second flower and I couldn’t leave it in its 10l pot as I would certainly run into issues, so I gave her the 40l of used soil well depleted, and will still be feeding, now more aggressively, they both will it 1ml p/L today. Gg#4 experiment plant, then cut off all the lady bits and topped her so let’s see how that does for her Gg#4 control buds sugar widow control, starting to make her way into flowering, nice stack on this plants, nice leaves Sugar widow control , getting some frost very similar Structure also stacks very well, these plants are the type I’d definitely want to grow again @Totemic and pm is running wild in these parts but we treating as we go and they are surviving. Yielded a Gg#4 experiment tester, this one with nutes, let’s see how she smokes, I will be honest
    3 points
  38. I would love to find a quote I read from a lawyer about cannabis in SA, how the people are creating the market and culture. He said it perfectly. With the rejection of the last bill by the people, seems like we are winning a bit. The biggest thing is support, and here is one for you guys in CT. The Global Cannabis March, step out and support. This will help in so many ways, buy hemp, buy weed from Cannapax, grow more than 8 plants. Ovagrow the system they trying to control.
    3 points
  39. The Haze clubs hearing is confirmed for the the 9th of June, there we will find out what they think about the clubs. Currently the amended draft proposal includes a paragraph about the commercialization of recreational cannabis, no details just an insertion and somewhat of a notion that regulations would follow somewhere. With so much detail around what where and how in terms of cannabis and cannabis consumption, one usually gets the feeling that the community is still being strung along the path of bullshit hopes and dreams. I still have little faith in governments vision for cannabis. The only further extension they want to offer is instead of 4 flowering plants if you are alone, they will allow 1 individual 8 plants on the premise that medical evidence is provided for the need for palliation. 8 plants, no more! As if they are coming to the table and meeting the needs of the people. Buying, selling, giving, and everything in and around the shadows they don't care. More than 8 flowering plants and you'll still be considered a criminal with the merky system we have. Doesn't mean you'll be convicted. Just means you could very possibly be inconvenienced. You got to take your hat off to these guys doing their thing and writing a side law for themselves to be governed by, based on what information they have. Not saying what they have come up with is wrong. As I have said before, these guys upscaling and taking themselves away from initial preface are still journeying on unchartered territory. Actually people have already been there and done that, and well they have court dates now. I get the whole empowering the community scheme and getting everyone to grow more and make things more accepted, but at the end of the day, we need to see face value of this thing, government see illegal farms as part and parcel of the Justice system, the same Justice system that is still amending the bill, even though Rama P said moenie wary nie, Precedency got this... More lies.
    3 points
  40. Hello spray jadam wetting agent with potassium bicarbonate https://www.totemic.co.za/product/wpm-treatment-combo/
    3 points
  41. Should update here, but things have happened as I thought they would, lazy gardener mentality, so these plants have become quite an annoyance not because of anything really but because of the street lights causing all the plants to slow flower down as well as revegging seen on the one GG4 clone, other control one going on with flowering, So they have still be getting nutes but not as often as I was away, they got a 0,5ml p/L dose before I left them. you will notice I moved all the plants out on the astroturf, next to the shade cloth, the street light in question is in a south west position, so they in a more shaded dark place at night. At the time I moved them I thought to go and have a look at the weather to see when’s the next earth watering, pm doesn’t stop for nothing anyway, let’s see if we can fight all battles ☝ Gg# clones below Sugar widows below sugar widow control buds sugar widows experiment buds gg#4 experiment buds revegging Gg#4 control buds the situation
    3 points
  42. Some new stuff to get to, still a while, but I will get to it.
    3 points
  43. Finally I get to run the winning pheno. I have 11 of the PC12 mixed in with Divine Storm and Dirty Banana. We are now at 3 weeks 12/12. Just in time for the flower show to begin.
    3 points
  44. Insane in the Prombrain Running on 200 to 350 micromole PAR light, dropped seeds last Saturday. Best coverage i got with 8 QBs on 100%, hang very high
    3 points
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