Self draining saucers
Hey @campesino so I'm going to start my auto water adventure by building the saucers! Might as well start now.
So I had a couple questions if you don't mind 😊 are you screwing the bottom saucer and the top saucer to the 2x4s? Or is it just placed in the bottom saucer?
And so do you pre-drill your holes, fill them with silicone and then screw?
I have another few questions but let's start with that!
And then my other questions. I noticed you painted the 2x4s and the bottom saucer white. Was that just for fun? Or was that to prevent water from ruining the wood?
Do you need to prop the back of the rig up so that the water drains out the hole?
Lastly. Where would I be able to find drain line? I looked on home Depot and Cadian tire and they don't sell that stuff, or I didnt look it up right!
And hey how's this tubing? I'm a dork... I looked up "drain line" the 1st time .this time I looked up "tubing" 😂
Edit: I'm even more of a dork for asking if this is OK tubing .the tubing you posted is also vinyl 🤣 Derp
@campesino. Ohs shit I just checked out the auto pumping drain bucket! I'm getting so excited man 😁 your guides rock! I'm so sick of vacuuming the water out everyday. I'm going to set this auto drain system up for this grow! Then next time around all I'll need to do is set up the halos and reservoir 😎 about the grommets for the bucket, are you using a spade bit for the 1/2 holes? Or just a 1/2 drill bit ?
And are these what I need?
Awesome Man! It is a great system... you'll be happy. I absolutely love the pump!
Here are images I just took for you of the Catchment Bucket... Where the water ends up.
Yes, both buckets need lids. On the catchment bucket the lid holds the drain line and makes swapping out the buckets easy. Always keep that lid on a bucket because you never know when the pump will pump!!!
You need to keep the end of the drain line up at the top of the bucket like shown! If it is at the bottom then the water will siphon back and forth and the pump will run almost constantly. I drill a holw through the lid and then duct tape it in place. Hopefully the pictures explain!
@campesino yes thank you for the pictures! I didn't realize that would happen so I appreciate that 😊
And I had 2 home Depot guys helping me at the same time trying to find those grommets. Couldn't find them! Yet the site says in store only and says what aisle and bay . So will these work?
These could be good ones for your guide. The only other ones are probably better but they are add on item and I already just bought everything I'm gonna need 🙁 lol
Hey @dr-coco look what I just got!
I just came across a question while looking at buckets today. Could I use a 3 gallon bucket for the pump bucket , and a 5 gallon for the catchment bucket? Cause the bucket with the pump will never get full, only 1 3/4" deep right?
Or maybe the pump is to big for a smaller bucket? 🤔
I also found 5 gallon buckets that have measurments already on them, and the lid already has a hole in it!! 😀 I'll post pics of that when I got it built!
Actually, sorry 🤣 the drain line that runs from the shallow pan pump into the other bucket, does it matter how long or how high/low this line ends up running? I hope that question makes sense!
I have a question about using this system. I have limited height in my grow room as it is. I use plant elevators to keep the fabric pots from sitting in the run-off which also makes it easier to test the run-off EC levels. If I setup the auto waste system I would need to eliminate the saucers to account for the height of the 2x4's. So my questions; without the space provided by the elevators how can you get a good clean sample of run-off for testing?
I have decided to go first with the auto watering system since it eliminates the most time consuming aspect of indoor growing, at least IMO, but am considering the auto waste setup too. Just wondering about the run-off testing. How do you auto waste guys manage that?
Hey! id like to share my self draining sauces setup!
I recently built an automatic drain to waste system using drain away trays connected to an inline diaphragm pump with a variable DC voltage power supply. It works great, the trays have a built in slant to help drain the water. It pumps the water into a waste bucket outside of the tent.
The diaphragm pump self priming and can dry run so its able to pump an air/water mixture no problem. The variable voltage allows me to control the speed of the pump to find the most quiet setting for it to sill operate effectively. I currently have it on 3V but you can crank it up to 12v and it will clear the trays in seconds.