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"My idea for the mechanical lifting of the water is shaping up. I decided on using bicycle sprockets and chainrings to accomplish the gearing I want. After some thought and calculation, I can get 120 rotations of my pump for [...]" · View
  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post In the Beginning   2 years, 9 months ago · View

    To be honest, I have been so busy, I haven’t finished the setup yet. The bottles are laying on a shelf in my closet waiting for my life to calm down. I think I will use a hard mesh and lay that in the neck of the bottle like a screen for a pipe, and [...]

  • Joseph Shacklett posted a new activity comment:   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    That is a nice setup dude. I still don’t know that I am going to include fish in my windowfarm, but I want to.

    In reply to - Jeff posted an update in the group Aquaponic Window Farms: Hi Gang! I love my new aquaponic windowfarm! Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOQVxbnTYNA · View
  • Joseph Shacklett posted an update in the group AvatarSensors and Controllers:   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    I have been thinking about how to make my windowfarm self contained, with no dependance on being plugged into the powergrid. There are a few things that I have questions about though, like:
    Do they make a moisture sensor that you can plug into an arduino?
    Is this: http://store.makerbot.com/evil-mad-scientist-diavolino-212.html a good arduino? With it’s $13 price tag I worry that it’s quality is subpar.
    How much knowledge does it take to code the arduino once you know what you want it to do?

    I know that most anything that you plug into an arduino runs off of 5V power, is that all that you have to put into one to run it?

    I am working on a drawing for my whole setup with wiring and sensors so that I can get people with more knowledge to help me figure out easier ways of accomplishing my goals.

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      Tyson Anderson · 2 years, 7 months ago

      This would probably not be a good arduino to get as your first one because it will also require an FTDI-usb cable to program it. The normal arduinos have the FTDI chip on the board so all you need is a garden variety usb cable to program it. The newer arduino UNO actually uses a completely different chip for the USB-serial conversion so you don’t even need to install drivers on your computer. A setup like the divalino might be good if you wanted to have multiple boards so you could justify the price/hassle of the special FTDI/usb cable.

  • Joseph Shacklett joined the group AvatarSensors and Controllers   2 years, 11 months ago · View

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post Lights, Part II   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    http://our.windowfarms.org/2010/04/15/super-simple-light-system/

    Here is the perfect post for your trouble. I knew I’d find a picture explanation.

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post Lights, Part II   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    If you understand the basics of electricity enough to know that you have 2 wires, one is “hot” and the other is neutral(usually red and black respectively). You are hard wiring your sockets into those 2 wires that are contained within the extension cord. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_F0i917zfySk/S57AKmDSWnI/AAAAAAAABj8/kJJyP_QN54E/s400/desk-14.jpg This is a pic of an extension cord with the [...]

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post Windowfarm using Arduino for control   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    @nemanja I am looking into doing something similar with my Windowfarm(which I am still designing). The idea is to use a grandfather clock like setup to run the pump(a mechanical pump geared with bike parts), with a brake that is controlled by sensors in the reservoirs or a moisture sensor in the soil, and a [...]

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post Windowfarm using Arduino for control   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    @nemanja I am looking into doing something similar with my Windowfarm(which I am still designing). The idea is to use a grandfather clock like setup to run the pump(a mechanical pump geared with bike parts), with a brake that is controlled by sensors in the reservoirs or a moisture sensor in the soil, and a [...]

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post Wine Bottle WindowFarms – Tower Two is Back!   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    James, that is a beautiful setup you have there. I was thinking of doing a double set of bottles but now that I have seen this one I am going to step it up to a triple.

    Ilkka, that video is great, a bit long-winded but still great when it finally makes the point.

  • Joseph Shacklett posted an update:   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    My idea for the mechanical lifting of the water is shaping up. I decided on using bicycle sprockets and chainrings to accomplish the gearing I want.

    After some thought and calculation, I can get 120 rotations of my pump for each rotation of the drum that holds my weight. The only issue now is getting the parts(4 each 46 tooth and 14 tooth sprockets) and assembling them in a compact configuration. My roommate is onboard for it, she wants to color the bottles and the gears so that they are prettier.

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post In the Beginning   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thank you very much! This will prove useful. :-)

  • Joseph Shacklett wrote a new blog post: In the Beginning   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Tuesday, May 10th 2011 I got the bug today to plant a garden, after some investigation I found this site and I have decided to accumulate the proper materials and build one. I only know I am going to grow Dill and peppers, I will talk with my roommate, when I have all the right parts, [...]

  • Joseph Shacklett posted an update:   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    So I had an interesting idea, since I am never happy with making things simple. The idea was to include a clock like mechanism to power your pump or to even work as the pump. You use the right gears and you can turn the vertical pull of a significant wight into the energy needed to accomplish some or all of your water movement.

    I looked up a clock mechanism here: http://www.donaldsonworkshop.com/projdetail.php?project=clock
    The problem now is taking the basic clock parts and converting the energy into a useful output.

  • Joseph Shacklett commented on the blog post Take the community site survey & win a free kit!   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    I took the survey.

    I am new to the community but I think if we all put in just a little we can all get a lot out of it.

  • Joseph Shacklett posted an update in the group AvatarAquaponic Window Farms:   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Anyone have pictures of their aquaponic window farm? I am thinking about integrating an fish tank into my window farm that I am collecting materials for.

  • Joseph Shacklett joined the group AvatarAquaponic Window Farms   2 years, 11 months ago · View

  • Joseph Shacklett posted an update in the group AvatarDallas, Tx & DFW Metroplex:   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Just moved to Addison and was looking for some way to garden in my limited space. Windowfarms look like a great option. Anyone in the group still active? I would love to get together with other people in the area that have experience with these.

  • Joseph Shacklett joined the group AvatarDallas, Tx & DFW Metroplex   2 years, 11 months ago · View

  • Joseph Shacklett joined the group AvatarSolar powered windowfarms   2 years, 11 months ago · View

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