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  1. Not sure this is the correct spot in the forums, but it is creative so here goes. I have just today broken ground on my latest project to build an isolation chamber in my backyard. This will consist of a tank and soundproof room with the insulation being mushroom mycelium. It is a very ambitious build, but something I have wanted to do for a good 20 years, and now I finally get to do it I am super excited. I will include a few pictures of the process here, all I have so far are digging shots, but they will get more exciting as the build goes on. Please add comments, questions, advice as you see fit, I am not quite sure about certain details just yet, am talking to a bunch of other people about their opinions on things, and value the input. So for some boring digging shots read on.. I will have plenty more digging shots tomorow, plus hopefully, if I get the hole dug, I will have some pictures of starting to build the framework that will hold it all together. Thanks for watching, FerdieJ
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    Isolation chamber

    Oops, forgot I put this here. yep, things happened, life got in the way. lucky though that it did, because I would have made a right mess of the original plan with all this water we’ve had over the last few months. So the project as it stands, is a hole in the ground half full of water.. the hole has a roof over it, but I am a long way to go yet. I have changed tack with a few of the original ideas, some things will end up being a little easier to accomplish, others require a lot of digging but which will ultimately mean a longer lifetime. one of those is about 10k worth of concrete I wasn’t planning on, but it will mean the whole lot won’t flood as it will be higher and the drainage will be in place to remove the rains from the area. if someone find me the cheat codes for ‘stacks of money’ and ‘loads of time’ that would be great.. oh and while your at it the code for ‘stop getting sidetracked’ would be good to. I will get back to it, but it will take me a few years now to complete, rather than the few months I was originally dreaming.
  3. I thought it was the other way round H, so a quick goggle came up with this. Back a few years I used to vape a lot and I used to vape early in the day lower temps for a bit of get up and go and late in the day a more couchlock hit at the higher temps. Each to his own, but I loved starting around 50-60 and work my way up, I like the different flavours.. CBG: 126°F / 52°C THCa: 220°F / 104°C CBDa: 248°F / 120°C Δ9THC: 315°F / 157°C Δ8THC: 350°F / 177°C CBD: 356°F / 180°C CBN: 365°F / 185°C THCv: 428°F / 220°C CBC: 428°F / 220°C This came from https://www.getmyster.com/blogs/blog/what-are-the-best-temperatures-for-vaping-weed Cheers.
  4. Been there done that always feels the same like you shoulda, coulda, woulda, and then yet again shoulda known better, but still.. set the alarm next time you tells yourself, only to do it again the very next day.. sometimes it is simply not meant to be, the time is not right, let it go. how bad could it be though? Give it a go, unless that first taste tells you no, but tastes can be deceiving force it down, only an hour or so of total stomach annihilation, then bliss, or death either would be welcome after that but then Im not sure what you’re on about, so I could just be making sense of words that don’t, like most seem to..
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    What is your least favourite plant?

    Agapanthus blue and white, the pink one I don’t hate with burning rage, but it needs good management(deadheading) or it will spread just as badly as the ‘normal’ ones. Coprosma repens Kikuyu/ Couch the dreaded invaders, although at least kike can show you where the good soil is and cottonester.
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    Flower photo competition

    Got this one by chance one night
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    Isolation chamber

    Thanks Ton, I have dreamed about this for so many years it is so awesome it is now finally coming to life. I have taken a bit of a break the last few weeks, I am up to leveling out the area and digging pipework in where it needs to be, and wet weather is not helping the motivation, but it is a big project and I want it done right so I don’t mind waiting a little more. The salt I will order from a business that runs float tanks, they import direct from germany and have given me a good price to start with when I eventually order some, since I need about half a tonne of it. The water temperature is a bit tricky. Once it reaches temp and I add the salt it sort of has to stay warm forever because it is at saturation point at temp, so when it cools the salt crashes out of solution, causing issues with pumps and filters. This is my biggest concern. I think I will use a hydroponics waterbed heater for the most part, and turn it off while I float, hopefully the insulation will keep it at temp for the duration, but this will be one of those things that I will have to adjust as I use it and work the kinks out. An old farm I lived on had a firebath, light a fire underneath and an hour later human soup! I did think about trying to use a rocket stove somehow for this, but I will keep that for another project, or maybe the next one? This is only a prototype after all...
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    Isolation chamber

    I got a sheep watering trough, 2280mm in diameter at 370mm deep. Big enough for me at 193 cms to be able to almost not touch the sides at full stretch, which is pretty important, don’t want to ruin the moment by connecting to reality! I am not sure how well it will work for the project, I was thinking a few different ways round about the tank, but this seemed an easy option. Hopefully it does the job well, but time will tell.
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    Isolation chamber

    I was way longer than I expected finishing, and it’s still not quite there but I need a break. The roof is nearly complete so I can almost start on levelling the ground around the tank, and the tank itself. There is a long way to go, but it is looking better everyday.
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    Isolation chamber

    Finally some new works. The structure is temporarily in place while I sort out the roof. It is starting to look pretty good! I will have some more pictures hopefully by the end of the day if I get my skittles on, hopefully I can get the roof finished.
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    Isolation chamber

    Started the TARDiS, need to get more materials to keep going but, you get the picture. I get the tank on Monday, confirmed that this morning, so then I can start finalising the curved frame size and getting this thing really rolling along. But the task for the week is to get the TARDiS bit finished, what I can anyway.
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    Isolation chamber

    I have read growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms back to back and the sections about specific mushrooms a few time over per mushroom. Stamets really knows his stuff. A lot of the idea of using mycelium comes from the melting pot of ideas that my brain has been working on for years for all sorts of other projects, there is lots of people using mycelium for lots of different things, some of which this project covers. People use myc for art, to build furniture. They use it as insulation, both for sound and heat insulation, and it is fireproof, so it has applications to do with that. Mushrooms are used for mycoremediation, part of the idea of the substrate that I will play with deals with breaking down waste as the myc food, still working on that. I have basically mashed half a millions ideas into this one project, hence the very fluid nature of the design and implementation so far. This is a prototype design and so once I have an idea of how to do it, I can work on improvements for next time, and the point of the posting here and on other social media is to help to encourage others to learn about just what mycelium can do, and this project helps to make it a fun learning curve with hopefully a wicked outcome, that will help encourage others to just try things and experiment because they saw how fun this project was. And that’s my plan for how to change the world... well, that’s really a whole nother post...
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    Isolation chamber

    Once I have grown the structure, I have to time it right,before the myc starts to pin after full colonisation I switch the humidity from 100% or close to, to 0% or close to. Hopefully I can time it right but if I get it before it starts to fruit, with the reishi even if it does pin, and start to grow shrooms, I will play with oxygen/CO2 levels and try to get the funky antler growth but the idea is to dry it out before it gets that far. Once growth and pinning has slowed, or stopped, because the moisture level is too dry, then I just have to keep the humidity nice and low and draw the moisture out of the structure, essentially rendering the myc not quite dead but very dormant. Then.. in this stage the myc is perfect food for all sorts of things, I can’t have that, so I am going to fire the outside with a flamethrower/blowtorch type thing, and then paint it with a varnish of some description, possibly a natural resin one, I am playing with a few things, to protect it from slugs and snails, and other things. So the myc will get a stranglehold on the framework I have in place,(which helps to tie it all together structurally) but the drying process will mean it never can go too far. Hopefully. As I keep saying, not 100% sure on much really, a lot of the planning is centred around untested theories but if the science and the theories are correct, this thing should be strong, and well insulated, and if I can then protect it could last a very long time.
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    Sorted, thanks

    Thanks, resolved.
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    Sorted, thanks

    Never did get back here and close this. Thanks ninja, I am getting some spawn and for now will play with that, if I need something more at some point I’ll throw you a line.
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    Isolation chamber

    That really got me going too, when I figured it out. I have since seen the indian police wearing covid masks and I think the monster may be covid related, I might do the covid blobs aruond the body to tie it all into the whole covid isolation isolation chamber project! I am just having so much fun with this thing. I did a little more today, finished the curved walls so I can start figuring out how to tie the rest of the frame together. But I ran out of materials, so off the hardware I go at some stage, there is still plenty I can do before then though, so boring waiting for new frame pics I know but I am feeling the same, I just want this project to rocket forward, but I am waiting on the tank for at least two weeks so I am stuck a little. But I have various components now to get me started and soon it will look like it’s supposed to, and I have mycelium to play with now, and more coming from saguaro so I can play with more, and things should start really kicking off in a couple weeks. but for now, tedious waiting..
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    Isolation chamber

    Just a few progress pics, getting to look like a proper structure now!
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    Isolation chamber

    I have been busy making frames and now you can start to see what’s going on. As you can see I’ve laid out the base so you can see the size I have to work with. obviously there’s still a long way to go but things are coming together quite nicely.
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    Isolation chamber

    So while I didn’t get to the hardware today, I did get around to visualising the design of the outside of the structure. I have always wanted to have a TARDiS something, and now I get one. Because of the alien ceature eating it, I create the illusion of the old girl being indeed bigger on the inside too, I reckon that nails it! So while that quick sketch is n absolute work of art, I went ahead and mad a bit of a model too, so you can really get the idea. So tomorow I get some more supplies and start building the rest of the frame, can’t wait!
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    Isolation chamber

    This inside of the chamber? The inside of the chamber will be painted in ultra high gloss bathroom paint, and the roof slants to the back of the chamber so any condensation should run down the walls and back into the tank, and there will be air vents to keep the air moving and hopefully keep the condensation down anyway. Depending on how it goes I may change practices, like keeping the water in the resevoir until I want to use it which leaves the inside dry most of the time, this is a working dynamic prototype after all so I can imagine I will discover lal sorts of problems that must be somehow overcome, but that’s the fun of it!
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    Isolation chamber

    I got a couple days work yesterday and then again today, so will go shopping on wednesday. I also have some stuff ordered and on its way, a mini aquarium filter to get me started, eventually I’ll get a better one but for the price and my current budget it’ll get me started. I have some spawn on the way, and from another forum user will be getting a different variety so will have two options to grow out and test. and finally some pictures, not specific to the chamber but as part of the build I have to build a temporary structure around the chamber, so I can control the temperature and humidity throughout the grow. So I have been coming up with an interlocking panel design I can make with mycelium panels that can go together and come apart quite easily. these are a few early attempts, but I have come up with a way to make interlocking panels that stack on top of each other like lego, and just hold each other together. this is a long term business idea I have for mycelium, so down the line I will work on making them structural and I have a few friends thinking along the same lines, so hopefully in a few years time this project will have spawned a new line of work for me.. but that’s a side note, maybe when things start happening with that I’ll make a seperate post.
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    Isolation chamber

    So it has been a few days, and while not much has happened in the way of building, I have finally hashed out a working drawing of the base of my chamber so you can get an idea of what it looks like. I have had to really play with it to get it in under council reg building permit size, I have 10 square metres to work with, so smooshing it all in there was a fuck-around, but I think it should be easily workable, and I am large, for some of my smaller friends they will have heaps of space. So there you go, a visual of the ideas I threw at you. I have to go shopping, that might just happen tomorow, and if so expect more exciting pictures in the next few days!
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    Ethno seed bundle Giveaway

    Wouldn’t mind a few I don’t have, happy to share what I do. Cheers Enjay, you’re one of my sorts of people.
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    Isolation chamber

    This is the walls bits that I have put together standing up in their approximate final position, so you can start to see the chamber taking shape. So I still need a couple of walls bits to finish the round, and then the straight wall bits and the end bit, and the roof. It all makes perfect sense in my head, sorry I haven’t got round to better drawings, but you’ll get the idea as more gets done. Which will probably be in a few days, I have to source more materials which won’t happen for a while, so for now you’ll just have to be content with these random thoughts and photos, but feel free to shoot questions at me if you have them.
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    Isolation chamber

    So I got some framing done, so you can start to see the idea, as you can see from my ‘working drawings’ the plans are mostly in my head but the basic concept is there to see. Some random shots starting to build. I need 10 of these pieces, they get bigger as they go round the float-tank, as the ceiling height changes from standing height at the back of the tank to standing height to get into the tank and the entranceway. Then where the entranceway is to be I will have straight walls at 1900mm high or so, I will continue the ceiling angle to make it easy on me, so it will be about 1950/2000 at the far end. As I get further into the build it will become a little more obvious from the pictures just what I am trying to achieve so on thta note, I best go get some more done.
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