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    CONVERTING AN HPS GROWLIGHT INTO A SWITCHABLE HPS/MH GROWLIGHT

    I want to take a simple HPS growlight and add an MH ballast and a couple of dpdt switches. One switch for the power; the other one for the lamps (which will be changed). I'm not worried about the power switch; but the ballast puts out a "Starting Pulse" of like 4 or 5 thousand volts. I'm no...
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    BEST WATERING STRATIGY?

    We're all familiar with the collective wisdom stratigy: "Wait till the soil is dry (or light weight)" - then - "Drench it good, untill you get a healthy amout of run-off". But the thought occured to me - is that really the best way? Or is that really meant to be a warning for Newbies who might...
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    OLD AGE IN BULBS?

    I started out (years ago) changing my HID bulbs after two grows. At some point I went to three grows on a set of bulbs, and stayed there every since. I have read (on this forum) that some growers do as many as five grows per set of bulbs - which sounds a little much! So that got me...
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    Electronic Ballast ???

    OK, it seems that dimmable electronic ballasts come in two basic "flavors". There's the ones that dim to 50, 75 &100% (plus Extra Lumens). Then there is the other kind - the ones that dim to specific wattages: for example 150 watt, 250 watt and 400 watt. I'm not at all interested in the first...
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    DIY Ballast ?

    I'm planning on using 3-4 small HID lights (in an experiment) so I want to go as cheap as possible. I've been checking out everything I can find on DIY ballasts, there are plenty of threads on "How to"", there are also plenty of places that sell the "kits". But the one thing that nobody talks...
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    2016 California Election

    I would like to see the actual wording for the proposition that will appear in the upcoming election. There seems to be so much political bullshit going on that the stories about who will get their way have pushed the actual propositions out of the limelight. So, my question is - what will...
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    COST TO GROW?

    I hear the dispensaries are charging $5. , $10. , $15. , even $20. a gram (depending on quality). That is rediculous, since they are supposed to be Non-Profit organizations. I've never actually crunched the numbers and done the math myself - but I'll bet some of you have! So, here's the...
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    CCHI 2016

    Okay, I just read the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 (CCHI 2016). This was the proposed wording that is going to be on the ballot, in the 2016 California election. To tell you the truth, it all sounds pretty good. That is; except the part about home grown for personal use. This...
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    Indoor-Outdoor Soilmix Question

    I enjoy making my own soilmix, for "indoor" use, and the thought struck me - what about "outdoor" use. If my soilmix is "the best" for indoors, would it also be "the best" to fill planting holes with, outdoors? At first I thought "Of course it would". Then I thought "Hold on here, there may...
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    HOW SHOULD I PROJECT LIGHT INTO A ROUND AREA?

    Using a single light would be easy - just aim it at the center, right? Let's say we have a 12 sq.ft. circlular grow space with 4 150watt Ceramic Metal Halide bulbs to work with. The more I think about this, the more complicated it becomes! I'm no math whiz, so my thinking here is just, sort...
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    LET'S HEAR FROM THOSE "LEGAL" States!

    What's it like? What's going on? When does the party get kicked into high gear? So, when they say "Legal", just what kinds of controls are still in place? Tell us all about it! I'm not asking about getting into the "Business" side. I'm just asking about the smoking and personal growing...
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    Nuwave Induction Cooktop Vaporizer?

    Has anyone figured out how to use that thing they show on T.V. Infomercials as a vaporizer? It sounds like it's begging to be tinkered with! They claim precision temperature adjustments in 10 degree (f.) increments, it also has celcius scale - with a digital readout. I ws staring at the...
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    WTF?

    In California, we are having an Election next Tuesday - and, lo and behold, Legalization of Marijuana isn't even on the friggin' ballot! What's up with that? Did the "Pro-Pot" people just give up, or what? I thought surely this time around it would be a shoe-in (especially after Washington...
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    SOIL MIXING 101?

    I have seen, lierally, hundreds of soil-mix recipes! That's not what I'm asking for, I have my own, thank you very much! What I'm looking for (and can't seem to find) is "somewhere" where they actually explain "The Art & Science of Soil Mixing" - (the whole nine yards!). Not just a bunch...
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    Do Dispensaries Sell Seeds?

    If so, what is the variety like? Are they in packets from known breeders - similar to buying from a seedbank? How much? Never been to one - don't have a card.
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    What Constitutes A "Micro" Grow?

    I'm just curious, how small does a grow have to be, to be considered a Micro Grow? Is it the actual size of the growbox, if so, what size is Micro? Is it the amount of lighting, for example, 150 watt HID - does that qualify? Or am I just overcomplicating the whole idea - like Micro is small...
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    A Question For Those In Washington And Colorado

    Just how does legalization apply to "Home Growers"? And by "Home Growers", I mean non-commercial, personal recreational use only. What sort of "limits" will be set on Home Gardens (and other stuff like that!) And if this type of thing is still being established - what is the Deadline/Effective...
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    fdd2blk Is Alive And Wel!l

    Most newer RIU members (a couple of years, or so) may not reccognize the username "fdd2blk". When I came on board (many moons ago), he was "The Man!". He had all the answers to all the questions and the photos of his backyard grows still give me something to think about! Anyway, he fell of the...
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    Let's hear from washington and colorado!

    So, what's up? How are things developing since the election? How soon until you can actually buy some "Loco Weed" at the local 7-11? I've heard that in Washington State, there is no provision for "Home Growing" (still illegal), but that can be changed by another vote after a 2 year period. As...
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    6 Mature - or - 12 Immature Plants?

    I asked this question a while back but never got a satisfactory answer - so I'm re-wording it. If I'm allowed to grow 6 mature or 12 immature plants, it seems logical that I could do half and half. By that, I mean I should be able to grow 3 mature and 6 immature plants. Or 5 mature and 2...
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