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Episode 4. A Beginner’s Guide: Building Your Grow

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Building your grow
Author avatar By Kyle Kushman
June 12, 2020
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    Hi there! Welcome to Grow Your Own with Kyle Kushman!

    I’m gonna show you a few of the basics when it comes to setting up your in-door grow.

    First, let’s talk power, your electricity requirements: pre-installed outlets might have enough power to plug in all the lights and appliances. This all depends on the size of your grow. You may find the need to install an additional sub panel to deliver the extra juice. Whatever you decide on, don’t overload any one outlet. Best case, you blow a fuse or circuit, worst case scenario you burn the building down. Please, I can’t stress enough. Don’t play with electricity. When in doubt, always ask or hire a professional.

    2. Start off with a clean space. Clean out the clutter and use the necessary cleaning products.

    3. Setting up a grow tent isn’t rocket science. Lay out the shell. Poles and connectors properly. Then, go to YouTube for actual video instructions. It can be a little tricky, even frustrating on your own. So I suggest you find a helping hand. Once your tent is built, it’ll be solid and secure.

    4. Now it’s time to hang your lights. I always use adjustable wratchet hangers. No more chains and S-hooks. Adjustable hangers work great for other equipment too, or your dry-ing line, all sorts of things; they adjust quickly and easily. Very little physical coordination required. Unless you plan to give your plants continuous light throughout their entire cycle. Lights will need to be turned on and off with the precision of a clock. This thing is your new best friend. It will prevent all sorts of trouble: from insomnia to hermaphroditism. Set it and forget it.

    5. The next big appliance you’ll add is your dehumidifier. The best units come with nifty adapters that make it easy to exhaust the heat coming out of the unit. Run all appliances for a pre-check to make sure everything is sealed up tight. Hung properly. Then you can zip tie, or hide away all the cords.

    6. Air movement is vital. Fans take up space, so you have to use your ingenuity. Stand fans can be secured to milk crates to gain height. You can also secure wall mount oscillating fans if you choose.

    7. Always maintain a clean workspace. Removing all debris like dead leaves, branches, and leftover nutrient solution. If left around theses things can encourage pests and plant diseases.

    8. Next thing of supreme importance is record keeping. Take as many notes as you can about watering, lamp height, and of course, the day you switch to flowering.

    In the next video I’ll give you a few tips on how to choose the right seeds for you. See you soon!