Easy DIY Hydroponics Setup (Part I)

This tutorial will show you how to build and setup your own hydroponics unit. All of the materials are available from your local DIY store, and you are given the exact dimensions and instructions on setting up the unit.

Step 1

What will you be making

Here is the rendering of the unit that you will be making.

Manual:

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Step 2

Items required

  1. PVC pipes
    • PVC Pipes ⌀100:
    • 4 x 90º knee pipe; 1x T piece; 1 straight pipe;
    • PVC Pipes ⌀75:
    • 4 x 90º knee pipe; 6x T pieces;
  2. Wooden boards*
  3. Cork board*
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Step 3

Board A

Use the board A (from the Manual). This is your starting point.

Step 4

Boards A + B

In this step, use the board B and join it with the board A. You can glue them together or use nails or screws, depending on the tools you have available.

Step 5

Board C

Attach the board C. The space between two vertical boards should be wide enough for your pipes (100mm) to fit in.

Depending on the type of your pipes (they can come in many varieties, and some may have different outer diameters), adjust the location of board B (it can be on top of the bottom board or on its side, like shown in the picture).

Step 6

Side boards

Two boards (D) are placed opposite to one another, holding the boards A, B and C in place.

Part without the bottom board will be later covered up, and is meant to serve as a enclosure for electronic parts, pumps, battery etc.

Step 7

Small holding boards

First of all, make sure that you have the right boards selected, since these are similar in dimensions (boards E and F from the manual).

Glue them into the corners of your current setup, like shown in the video.

Step 8

Closing everything up

Before this step, once again make sure that your pipes can fit properly.

Attach the board G. Little hole on the bottom is meant for any cables that might be needed.

Step 9

Pipes inside

Unit with larger pipes inside.

Step 10

Small pipes holders

On top of the small boards located in the corners, attach the two boards, both named H.

On of them has small holes meant for wiring, so make sure that it is placed on the part without the pipes.

Step 11

Small pipes

Put the smaller pipes inside of the unit. Make sure that pipe openings are facing towards the top.

After you are done, smaller pipes should be slightly askew. This is so that the water inside of them can naturally flow and return to the bottom pipes.

Step 12

Top holders

Attach the small wooden planks near the top of the unit. Make sure that they are following the position of the smaller pipes, since they are slightly askew.

Step 13

Cork top

To finish everything up, use the cork board in which you have previously made holes in. To reinforce the board, use small wooden planks and glue them to the sides and across the board.

Make sure that you drill a hole for bigger pipes as well (in our case, it is rectangular in shape), so you can later add water and nutrients when needed.

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