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DIY Heat mat

Posted by southofsa 8b (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 5, 13 at 18:17

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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RE: DIY Heat mat

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.


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RE: DIY Heat mat

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


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