We recently had the opportunity to chat with @father_fire_cultivators about his custom hydroponic tray stands. He breaks down his thought process for the builds and shares some valuable insights on why EMT Conduit makes a great solution for DIY hydroponic projects.
Father Fire's search for custom tray tables began when he realized he needed a modular building solution as opposed to something you build once and forget. We find the need for custom solutions pretty common across all kinds of industries and hobbies, not just gardening and growing. He found EMT Conduit and subsequently Maker Pipe as a viable option for his needs. Metal conduit can be cut with a handheld pipe and tube cutter really easily, and our connectors are assembled with a single 5mm allen key. Because the building process is simple, you can easily adjust a build or change it completely with very little time and effort.
In the interview, Father Fire shared another common problem that EMT Conduit alleviates for growers. The process of growing cannabis hydroponically generates a lot of moisture and humidity. This means that porous materials like wood will hold the moisture and deteriorate over time. EMT Conduit is galvanized steel and non porous so you don't have to worry about rust or corrosion developing on your builds.
Father Fire made three custom tray table frames designed to support a 3'x6' Botanicare Grow Tray on each one. It's important to note that his frames are specifically made for the trays that have lips around the edge. There are four pipes that sit horizontally underneath the lips and support the tray. These four pipes are connected with a 90 Degree Connector in each corner. There is a five foot vertical pipe in each corner secured by the same 90 Degree Connector.
To further the rigidity of each stand, Father Fire used a simple cross bracing technique. He used two T Connectors to run a single piece of conduit from one vertical to another. He mirrored this same brace on the opposite end as well.
Father Fire also added another pipe that runs underneath the tray for extra support. He did this by adding a T Connector and short conduit stub straight down from the frame. He then used a 90 Degree Connector to add the horizontal pipe underneath the tray. The other side is mirrored and connected to the frame in the same way. This extra support may not be totally necessary, but the extra security and peace of mind is worth the extra few cuts and connections.
Inserted into the bottom of each vertical pipe is a caster wheel which makes for easy mobility around the room. Each caster wheel swivels and two of the included four per set have brakes for locking the wheel position.
We really appreciate @father_fire_cultivators taking some time out of his day to show off his DIY flood tables. Be sure to check out the links to his Instagram and interview. Below you'll find a form to get the free 30 page Grower's Solution Book when you sign up for our email newsletter. As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.