Friday, January 19, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
This week, my objectives are:
1. Get the pump running for my system.
2. Finish building the non-electronic part of the system. I need to make sure that the pipes are filling up but overflowing.
I'll write later,
Friday, January 12, 2018
This week, my objective was to wire my system from the pump to the timer to the solar panel. I did that, however, the system did not work. I am still trying to get it to function. Otherwise, things are going well. The pump runs only every two hours, so I have had a lot of spare time. I am currently upgrading the bottom pipe to be simpler like the top one. As soon as I get the pump system running, I will plant my seeds and test out the system (at last!).
If I find that again, I have spare time, I might pursue a side project. I'm not sure what it will be yet, but I'll write about it if I do.
Thanks for reading,
Monday, January 8, 2018
Last week school was cancelled on Thursday and Friday, so I didn't write what I had done that weekend because I didn't have time to do much. As a result, this week, my objective is to wire my system from the pump to the timer to the solar panel.
Thanks for reading,
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
This week, I only have three Greengineering classes and I just got back from December break, so I am unsure of my objectives for this week. I will keep working on my prototype, but I am unsure of where I aim to be by the end of this week. Hopefully, I will have made good progress.
Will write later,
Saturday, December 23, 2017
This week, my objectives were:
1. Finish the prototype minus the solar panel
2. If time, add the solar panel.
I did not complete either of these objectives, and here's why:
As I was working on the prototype, the top tube kept filling up with water and flooding. I kept making the hole bigger until I accidentally broke my pipe, popping part of the end out. I decided to roll with it and cut that part off entirely, but that did not make it any better.
Eventually, I realized that it would be better to start over, new top pipe, new design. The old one had a gro cube, a basket filled with hydrotin, a pouch of hydrotin, and a hole for growing. I also put in gutter foam between all of these.
This new prototype tube has four baskets filled with gutter foam. The problems with hydrotin is that it floats, making it unstable for the plant roots, and since there's many individual pellets, it's easy to lose track of them when you're cleaning the system or trying to remove a part for repair.
This prototype also has no gutter foam between the baskets, so water should flow quicker.
Hopefully, this prototype will work out better than the last time.
Thank you for reading, and happy holidays,