Hooking up a coolmist
Posted 11 February 2006 - 08:57 AM
I prefer the Kaz coolmists because they can be filled right in the front without having to take any parts off. It also has a carbon filter on the back which makes it nice. This coolmist is going on 2 years worth of use so I'm happy I haven't had to replace it yet.
What I did:
1. Found an object that would fit into the output hole fairly tightly. This is oval shaped, so I used an old soap bottle with the bottom cut out.
2. I wanted to use light weight tubing (hose) So I used some of Mr. Freaks hose (:lol:) This is stretchy, and really light weight. Also, I poked holes with a needle into the end that will be in the Martha. This will allow the mist to push out through the tiny holes as well as the end to disperse the mist better.
3. Folded down the end of the hose so it fit tightly inside the top of the bottle.
4. Caulked the top of the bottle and hose together. (Silicone will work also.)
5. Caulked the bottle/hose contraption to the coolmist.
6. Let it dry, then ran into the top of the martha.
Whats nice about using this lightweight hose was I could wrap it around the top of the martha frame. With the holes, it pushes a nice mist all around.
The tubing I think is some kind of auto air tubing, not sure. I just dig around Mr. Freaks stuff until I find what I need. Garden hoses work also. I prefer this lighter weight hose though.
The pix should show what I did. Its fairly basic and easy to send the coolmist into the Martha.
I'd like it if others would show there humidifier hookups to their gh's/marthas. Then we can see all the different fabrications peeps use to pump that humid air into the fruiting chambers.
Posted 11 February 2006 - 11:44 AM
Anyway, thanks for the deatiled write-up/pic's.
Posted 11 February 2006 - 01:52 PM
Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:30 AM
i use bigger hose like goes on a clothes dryer exhaust
Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:41 AM
I've also seen where people close off the output hole, and drill a hole for their hose to fit right in. I didn't do that because I didn't feel like drilling into my coolmist. Though that is the way I've seen most people do it.
Posted 12 February 2006 - 11:14 AM
how long 'on' and how often
to do your martha ?
Posted 12 February 2006 - 12:00 PM
Posted 18 February 2006 - 10:44 AM
any condensation on floor, shelving ?
Posted 18 February 2006 - 12:02 PM
Posted 18 February 2006 - 12:33 PM
There is condensation on the walls and shelves, but no dripping or pooling water.
Lazlo, if I ran the coolmist 24 hrs. 7 days it'd get to 100%. Thats why I use the timer. Saves on refilling the water too. It comes down to running it empty for a week or so to tweak out the settings with these I think. I find all my cased substrates like the 90% best. Some strains I might have to run it more/less.
This is the third setup I've used, and is working the best so far for me. If I open it while its running there is a nice fine mist throughout the air.
4-14 Edit**** After a month or so, this humidifier started leaking so I'm not sure if it is the restriction, or if it is from the water running back down the tubing into the humidifier. So, I'm presently working on this, and for now have it inside the g.h.
I put a bucket up under it to catch the leaks but got sick of that, so I hope it isn't something with this brand of Coolmist.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 09:02 AM
Any restriction in the output (hooking it up to a smaller hose) causes water to leak out the side of the thing.
Did yours do this?
If so, how did you stop it from leaking?
Posted 14 April 2006 - 10:03 AM
I am going to refab something to it to see if it stops that, or if its just that model of coolmist that leaks like that. I ended up just tossing it in the martha for the time being until I can get a hose that is just right that won't cause leaking through the sides.
The way it was, worked for a month or two, then it started leaking etc. MAybe part of it also is the water that runs back down into the humidifier. Right now its in my martha, until I get something that won't make it leak and will provide 90% humidity. Sorry, Rev. I meant to change that, I'll change it now, and I'll work on something. I like that coolmist, it still works after 2 years, and I've just got to figure out that leaking problem. I'm hoping I've got a better tubing that will allow more air to push through, but the larger tubing I used didn't provide enough humidity so I'm working on it.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 10:48 AM
The more I closed it up with silicone or made it air tight, the worse it got. So, I'm working on it again. And Rev., did yours leak right away? Mine took a while for it to start leaking out the side gaps. So thats why I wonder if its more the water running back into the unit rather than the restriction. Though, the restriction does play a major role also. Hmmmmm. I really love that coolmist too, I'll get it down, hopefully tonight. Sorry for not changing that post, I forgot about it.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:29 AM
I tried trimming a small hole in the plastic where the water builds up hoping it would encourage the water to flow back in, but it seems to come out of the sides and build up too fast for it to keep up. :(
I thought about seeling the whole thing up, but it would be a pita to clean if I did that.
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Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:36 AM
Let me try a few things and see what happens with it. I've got a much larger diameter tube I'm going to try out, though those tend to dry more then humidify. Hopefully we'll figure it out.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:45 AM
I havn't seen the old style of kaz coolmists around, so I'm sure lots of people are going to run into the same problem with these.
I'm glad you're on it too:love:
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:48 AM
Posted 14 April 2006 - 11:57 AM
frigg'n thing, why did they have to do this to us?
I may have to write them a letter...