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Ask Erik: RAW! - Privacy Protection for Hydroponics Growers

Protect your hydroponics growing business from nosy neighbors with a combination of know-how and common sense. Protect your hydroponics growing business from nosy neighbors with a combination of know-how and common sense.

Q:

I just built a great grow room, and my plants are starting to come up really strong, but unfortunately it seems my new neighbourhood is inhabited by some nosy neighbours and even some sketchy characters I think might be scoping my set up.

What have you found are the best ways to protect your investment in terms of both privacy and the investment itself?

A:

Insulated duct work and sound shielded dampening “silencers” help to reduce the noise associated with moving air through duct work.

As Robert Frost wrote in his poem "The Mending Wall," “good fences make good neighbours.” The same holds true with your indoor garden that you have spent a lot of your hard-earned money and spare time on. It’s only natural that you would want to protect both the garden and your privacy to enjoy it, and it’s your right to do so.

Bright light emanating from any cracks in coverings that are directly connected to or adjacent to your grow room will attract all kinds of people like a fiddler to a square dance. Make sure that any windows connected to the grow room remain well covered and that no condensation is building up on them. If you have a smaller garden, a “Hydro Hut” or grow tent keeps the garden light tight until you unzip it.

If you are growing in a dedicated room with a window, you can do a search and find out how to construct a “window box” for hydroponics. If cleverly built, you can also use this to exhaust hot stale air or draw fresh, cooler air into the growing environment from outside.

Another big giveaway is blasting noisy exhausts of air outside. If you are trying to move high volumes of air very quickly through narrower diameter ductwork, it’s going to be very loud. This will be especially noticeable if it is being directed outside in a high foot-traffic area. Insulated duct work, and sound shielded dampening “silencers” help to reduce the noise associated with moving air through duct work.

To increase grow room efficiency, and to cut down on noise, use larger diameter ducting and an oversized fan set to run slower on a speed control. The lower RPMs and less restrictive duct work will help to keep things quieter. Also, setting up your exhaust fan to hang from rubber bungees will significantly reduce noise because vibrations from the fan will not be as easily transferred through walls, ceilings, floors, etc.

Strong grow room odors are also a dead give away for indoor gardening activities. When installed correctly, an activated carbon filter that scrubs the grow room air 24/7 will not only help to eliminate odors, it will also purify the grow room air for healthier plants with fewer potential problems.

Strong grow room odors are also a dead give away for indoor gardening activities.

Besides the technical stuff, a little common sense goes a long way. Don’t advertise that you grow by carrying bales of dirt or boxes of indoor gardening equipment into your place, and especially don’t dispose of grow room wastes in your residential trash can. Think carefully about how you might appear to your neighbors, based on your routine, habits, schedule, etc. And take note of theirs as well;)

You certainly don’t want to develop “the ‘noids” when it comes to others. Be polite, keep a tidy place and show a genuine sense of ownership for your neighbourhood. This doesn’t mean that you have to be overly friendly or feel compelled to get drawn into conversations with people about what you do, but don’t make any enemies either. After all, your growing is your business, and nobody else’s… as long as you keep it that way.

Cheers, Erik Biksa

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