Well, it’s been a minute and a lot has been going on both good and bad. What was suppose to be a HPA ( High Pressure Aeroponics ) Vs AAA ( Air Atomizing Aeroponics ) Side by Side is postponed due to the pandemic.
It seems that everyone is cleaning house these days and buying up all the totes. This was the only factor holding me back from doing this side by side HPA vs AAA.
I have all the components for HPA system ready to go. The AAA just needed to have a smaller tote to transfer into. It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to conduct this test this time around but, I will be doing it in the near future.
Although I’m having timer issues…. which I should remedy first before doing such a test. I own 2 of the Century brand timer outlets and they seem to lose track of time. They fall behind by hours!!!
I had one in the outdoor HPA and it did the exact same thing as the indoor unit. These nearly cost me the entire garden because it was the primary unit keeping time for all other sections.
There is a lot to clean up and figure out but, for now we’ll just improvise as we go.
Initially I was thinking to do this as an Air Atomizing Aero Speed Grow but, these clones / cuttings I had were : cloned in HPA, then transferred to soil, and now to Air Atomizing Aeroponics. I have concerns that the stress they’ve endured already will inhibit the growth already.
Then to top things off even more, the check valve for the air compressor failed causing the compressor to blow another head gasket!
This happen because the Unloader Valve I’m using is a “Normally Open Solenoid” and once the check valve failed it would leak all air through the Unloader valve to atmosphere. Hence causing my silent compressor motor to overheat since it would be on the entire time!
The only thing that barely saved the Silent Compressor was the Repeat Cycle Timer I have on it as a fail safe. Never a dull moment around here!
The silent compressor was down for 11 days in combination with the check valve. This time I went with a DIY PVC Check Valve which to me seems to be the best move but, we’ll find out if it can hold.
So, timer issues, check valve issues, silent compressor issues, watering issues, and so on!