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About Fred_the_Plumber

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  1. Fred_the_Plumber

    3D Printing

    the printers I have are on the low end of cost... FLSUN from amazon.ca . They typically start at around $350 but can go into thousands if you really want high end. the FLSUN printers are KITS and require assembly. Not terribly difficult to assemble, but I have many years of working with mechanics... Others may have some issues.
  2. Fred_the_Plumber

    3D Printing

    That depends on what material you are printing with and your print parameters... Folks have printer rifle receivers that withstood 500 rounds a minute, or wrenches, but the wrenches were only for light duty use. PLA is pretty tough but has a low melting point. It also absorbs water. With the right hot end you can print in acrylic, Polycarbonate, or many other materials. Although I haven't yet heard of it, I'm sure you could even print in nylon. Here's a boat prop test printed in several materials.... What did you have in mind?
  3. Fred_the_Plumber

    3D Printing

    Jumped into the 3D printing arena and am having a blast... I am currently printing a cryptex stash box with a million possible combination (5^16) Printing in PLA on a Prusa I3 clone at 0.1mm layer height ( yeah I know... really slow, but the surfaces are awesome) I also have a Delta that is not playing nicely. It tends to jump when the arms get close to the edges of the print surface. So far I have designed and printed parts for both printers, two different wind turbine designs, a couple of figurines, a tablet stand, parabolic dish... And I'm just getting everything dialed in. I have also printed bits and pieces for Magrav power systems, but that is a whole different thread.
  4. Fred_the_Plumber

    Fred the Plumber is BACK!

    It has been a while... SInce my epic debate that if I recall correctly was the longest thread in CC history I had to distance myself for a while... I didn't think it would be years, though. In the meantime I have learned a whole lot about a huge variety of topics that all dovetail perfectly into my past experience and what is happening in the world behind the scenes. It is so cool to be the observer in all this craziness, sitting on the sidelines and watching it all unfold. If I ever get the chance, I really want to revert some seed back a few million years and see what the original plant was about. Problem is I don't have anywhere to grow them out at my current place.
  5. FRED the PLUMBER is back with technology that will blow your mind...

  6. Fred_the_Plumber

    Fred the Plumber is BACK!

    Hey there folks... Fred here. Back after a very long hiatus. It's been a long strange trip, but one that has opened many doors and expanded my comprehension of life, the Universe and Everything. During my travels I have been exposed to some very interesting new technology that is both incredibly simple and incredibly complex at the same time. I have been studying it for several years and am teaching how to implement it in almost all walks of life. One of the most profound ways it can be applied is in agriculture and health. The results are almost instant and specifically in growing plants, the testing over the last year and a bit have shown not only between 50% and 300% increase in growth and yield, but also a robustness and tolerance for unfavorable conditions with ALL plants tested. With this technology we can reverse GMO seed back to the original genome and with extended applications, can even reverse the genetics right back to ancient forms. Tests on current wheat strains were reverted right back to the ancient grass they were derived from. I am seeking a group of Growers that want to bring this technology to their ops in whatever degree they feel comfortable. It is totally compatible with soil or hydro or even aquaponic. It is relatively inexpensive (pennies per crop) but does require some simple but advanced chemistry. It has the potential to completely replace ANY nutrient additive, or simply augment what you are currently using. No pH issues, no salts buildup, none of the current issues growers are having while simplifying schedules and generating a far superior harvest. As an aside to some of the current tests we have seen fantastic growth in direct sun plants that do not get nearly enough light. Certainly something that can be a persistent problem in this community. I have spent the last year and a half working with the originating organization as Tech Support and Teaching, bringing the understanding of the processes and production procedures to Grandmothers, Housewives, Children and totally non-technical folks. It is time to bring it to the Cannabis community. This is a "hands on" teaching that I can do over the net or here at my home if one wishes to go that route, though, over the net is preferred. Unfortunately, being that this has been my livelihood for the last year and a half, and the fact that it is now totally up to me to generate an income from other sources, I do have to charge for the teachings. The fees are really small, $15.00/hour/student or less if there are groups... Groups are a much better way to learn this tech as it is partly consciousness and emotionally based energetics and the energy of a group is dramatically higher than the sum of the individuals. I can answer some basic questions here, but for those of you that want to get into this in a big way, please go to plasmabasics(dot)net and set up an appointment for a skype meeting. I can guarantee that what you spend on training will be returned in your first harvest without a doubt. For those that require much more security but still want to learn, I can offer one on one training through whatever communication portal you prefer. The older and more seasoned of the Forums here will know me as a straight answer and honest individual. I'm sure I can help them double or triple their yields too... Looking forward to helping you all get yields beyond your dreams. Peace... Fred.
  7. Fred_the_Plumber

    the local water

    Just tell em you've had the runs for a week... and offer them a sample. LOL Peace... Fred.
  8. Fred_the_Plumber

    tap water

    If you want to go that way and you are creative, a red ceramic plant pot (without a hole) will filter down to sub micron levels. You may need to create some sort of gasket on a lid so you can put some pressure to it and get the increased flow. Careful, pressure in a confined space that ruptures can cause leaks in the operator. Peace... Fred.
  9. Fred_the_Plumber

    Same problems as DrChronic ?

    I had a similar problem some years ago and it turned out to be sodium buildup from a water softener. This can also occur from slow release fertilizer (eg. Miracle Grow). Some regular ferts have some aspects that don't flush very well. A student of mine just learned that a week or so ago. I checked out Bee One and found very little information about it. It was listed as fert, not nute, so if that is correct, it requires a bit different handling. Anyway.... I would suggest that you repot those girls into a balanced soilless. Get rid of as much of the existing soil as you can by gently wiggling your fingers on the root to break away the clumps. You can do this under warm running water too (they love it if you are gentle). Water gently and foliar feed with a high quality kelp organic until the nitrogen levels rise and they are strong enough to get growing again. Be sure to have them back under low clone light to reduce the energy they expend. They should pick up in about a week if the problem was buildup in the soil, but if it winds up being a fungus, it may not go away. Next option would be to wash them clean of soil and drop them in a bubbler for a few weeks. You will need to be very gentle with the pH and nutes for the first week. When they start to green up again, you can either replant in good soil or keep on with the hydro. A rubbermade bubbler is really easy to build. Peace... Fred. Oh, ps... When you flushed, what did the runoff look and smell like?
  10. Fred_the_Plumber

    the local water

    Gbo, you will find that plants are plants. If you can grow tomatoes you can grow cannabis. Obviously there are some differences, but the core basics are all the same. You can also mix bottles and tap water to reduce the contaminants and reduce the purchases. Lots of ways around this minor problem.
  11. Fred_the_Plumber

    the local water

    200 isn't that bad. The sodium and chlorine content concerns me though. The chlorine is easy... just let it sit... It will evaporate overnight. There are lots of folks that have little water coolers in their kitchens... That is a really good way to bury purchasing bottled water. I did that for several years and never had anyone even question. But even using your water, properly aged and aerated should still produce. One thing though... The water content will limit the types of additives and require a bit more flushing than RO water. I would suggest that you test it. Put one plant in with city water and see how it does. Let us know what issues arise and we can formulate a remedy.
  12. Fred_the_Plumber

    Help me get my bloom back

    that clone has no roots. By the size of it, there should be at least 6 inches if not more hanging out of that pot. Foliate feed with a high N kelp (hydro nutes may work too). reduce the light to give the poor girl a break till she grows her feet back. as for why there are no roots, it could be a number of things. Peace... Fred.
  13. I know a lot of folks feel this is probably going to be whitewashed and buried before it sees light, but we can change that. Make this huge and public and it simply cannot be made to "go away". https://www.change.org/petitions/rcmp-co...r-treason#share Peace... Fred.
  14. Fred_the_Plumber

    leafs are bending down

    After re-reading the thread, I noticed that you water every day about a liter in soilless with pearlite... This raises other questions... Soilless mixes are just that... soilless.. There isn't any humus in there to feed the bacteria that feeds the plants. It is basically inert and cannot support a plant. The proper additives for soilless mixes are not fertilizers, but nutrients. Second, you are watering too little too often... Flush your soilless with clean pure water at least twice... Let the plants recover and change to a good nutrient mix, rather than ferts. Supernatural Grow Terra is an awesome nutrient. It is really easy, stable and reliable. You can refresh these nutrients constantly without issue, providing you combine watering and flushing EVERY time. A tablespoon in a gallon of RO water will be plenty for most plants and one can certainly tweak the mix for your specific strain once the root issues are addressed. If you were intending to grow is soil, get good soil. It needs to have bits of wood, plant matter, peat, sand and stuff like you would find in the forest... Soilless mixes are one step removed from full hydro. It is only a medium to hold the plant up and provides nothing of significance to feeding the plant. Hope that clears things up a bit... Peace... Fred.
  15. Fred_the_Plumber

    leafs are bending down

    I had a very similar problem quite some time ago and it turned out to be an unbalanced root zone. A couple of things I see, though the pics may be deceptive... Small pots. Those look a bit on the small side, although this isn't really a "cause", only an aggravating factor. With small pots, things change down there really fast... Water, nutrient availability, pH... I didn't see any sign that you have saucers under the plants to catch the runoff, if there is any (and there should be at least a third of the water sent to waste). Discard the runoff so the plants are not sitting in it, unless you are re-hydrating dry pots. The medium "looks" good but without grabbing a handful and smelling it, I can't help there. It's an organic mix by the look of it so should provide almost all the plant will need for a while. I don't see any salts buildup on the surface, so either you are washing the salt out or just down into the root zone. The rest of the space looks clean and tidy... Kudos for that... Too many have poor housekeeping skills and that aggravates many issues. Potential solutions... In my experience, this is indicative of problems with the roots/uptake. I have no idea how you treated these plants for the first month, so I will have to make some assumptions. Watering schedules are fine in a perfect world, but we are far from a perfect world. As the plants grow and change the watering requirements change also. The volume of water used will increase and the root zone chemistry will change. This is totally normal. The way to get around this possible problem is to water like nature... Water just before the pots dry out as this will stop the tendency of the water to follow the path of least resistance and just flow out the bottom. Really dry soil will tend not to absorb water very fast, so bottom watering is needed for really dry pots. Use sufficient water to ensure that each time you wash out some of the crud that accumulates in the soil. Being that you are in a closed root space, this crud will build up fast, especially if you are using good organic soil and ferts too. It overwhelms the bacteria that breaks down the additives and poops out plant food. In reality, with soil grows, you are tending the soil, not the plant... The plant is there to eat up what you are growing in the soil and letting you know if you are growing the right stuff. Overwatering could be a factor, but it would have to be that you are keeping the pots soaked for extended periods. Watering with a lot of water when the plants need it is not overwatering... Watering too often is overwatering. Having too much water in the mix for extended periods tends to strip the soil of O2 and promotes fungal growth. This fungus and lack of O2 can mess with the pH of the mix and lock out various nutrients. My suggestion is to flush them really good with the cleanest water you can get. I would avoid distilled if possible... Plants cannot live on distilled water. RO, rain or river/stream water would be fine for flushing, and if you are going to continue using additives, will be necessary. Tap water has all sorts of crap in it that plants don't like. Avoid city tap water like the plague. Lay off the ferts for a while, until you see improvement. Cramming pizza into a sick kid usually makes a mess... LOL When you flush, collect the runoff and give it a smell.. If it looks like pee and smells sour, it's almost certainly a problem with lack of runoff when you water and overdoing it with the additives. This is by far the most common issue encountered with growing ANYTHING in pots. Be sure that every time you water, somewhere around a third of the water washes through and carries off the buildup and extra stuff. It is common practice for general houseplant growers to put all the plants in the shower for 15 or 20 minutes a few times a year to clear out the soil and refresh the root zone. Of course with Cannabis, this is not practical, so just do it a bit every time you water by ensuring some runs out the bottom of the pots. Transplanting will help, but unless the root cause is addressed, it will occur again. Only you, really, know what you did and how you treated the plants... So think back and see if you watered too little too often and used ferts all the time (ferts take time to break down and it is usually not necessary to fertilize every watering... Nutrients are different... be sure to make the distinction) Remember, you are far better off using too little ferts than too much. I know it's not much, but it's all I can do for you at this time. Your problem isn't insurmountable, just be patient and keep learning. Peace... Fred.

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