DIY Heat mat

southofsaJanuary 5, 2013

Hello everyone- Along with the PVC seed starting shelf I finished I also wanted to make a heat mat for a couple of the shelves. I had seen a how to on vegetablegardener.com a while back, but had to wait until the holidays to buy Christmas rope lights. I still had kind of a hard time finding them because most of the lights are LED's these days, and for this project you need regular outdoor rope lights so they get a little warm. I also started looking a little late which probably didn't help.

A piece of 40x20 1/2" MDF, 1 1/2" strips of plywood, a few screws and staples and it was done. Probably less than $20/mat. It was a pretty easy DIY project I think.

Have a great weekend - Lisa

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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

It looks great! I didn't know what MDF was so looked it up and found out it medium density fiber board. I had to study it for a few moments to reaize that the lights lay in the slots and the plant trays rest on the board. Ingenious! Thanks for showing this to us.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 2:49PM
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southofsa

Thanks Roselee - I didn't do a very good job of explaining did I? Glad you could see the picture clearly enough :-)

I should probably add the MDF is a moisture resistant type called Medex. MDF is great for a lot of projects, but usually swells terribly if exposed to water. The Medex should be a little better if I do have any accidental spills.

Lisa

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 3:13PM
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