MISTING and WATERING
Adapting an Oscillating fan
This device helps to keep humidity high by misting with fine jets or with larger jets can also be used for watering. I use them in closed-in hot houses, where they are ideal. You can use them in small shade houses as long as it is not too windy as the wind does not allow the spray to disperse over the area you want it to, especially in large shade houses.
The cost (DIY) is between $15 to $20 and considering a misting oscillating fan for increasing humidity retails for around $100 and I have found that the misting part on these models can stop working any time after 2 years with the fan usually lasting a while longer, so this is an economical way to get the job done.
What materials you need to make this oscillating fan:
- Oscillating Fan – 40cm
- Four-Way Spraying Head
- Four Spray Jets
- One Spray Can Lid
- Five Cable Ties
- Length of PVC Pipe: 55mm Wide x 200mm Long. Too close to the fan will not allow the mist to be dispersed>
- Clear Plastic Tubing: 10mm wide
- Hose Connection
To fit the Spray-Jets to the Four Way Head, put the rubber ring on first, then rubber internal spreader, followed by the Misting or Watering Cap.
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Take the spray can lid, drilling four holes in the top of the lid, to suit the size of the cable ties, which will attach the spray-head.
Then put the lid over one end of the PVC pipe, drill a hole right through both the lid and pipe, this will attach the lid to the pipe, using another cable tie.
At the other end of the pipe, drill two holes right through so it can be tied to the fan front, with cable ties.
Take off the front fan guard, drill four holes in line with the holes in the PVC pipe.
Mount the four-way spray to the spray-can lid, using the cable ties, make it tight fitting, have the cable-tie head on the front, then cut off the excess.
Fit this lid over the end of the PVC pipe, line up the holes, put the cable tie through and tighten, again cut off excess.
Put the other end of the PVC pipe onto the fan guard, lining up the holes, using two cable-ties, mount the sprayer onto it.
Step 9 & 10
You will need a connection joiner to put in the four-way sprayer inlet, attach the plastic tubing to the joiner. You can have the tubing as long as you want it.
Attach the tubing to the fan-guard with a small zip tie
(any colour will do lol J); this takes the weight of the sprayer.
Fit the hose connector to the other end of the tubing and it is ready to use.
I only turn the tap on lightly, as full pressure is not necessary and you can waste water by blowing it out-side the fan perimeter, also the tubing can come off if it is not securely fitted.
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