I picked up a vick's vaporizer to help with RH.Question is how do I set it up on a timer or just plug it in for abit.The timers shortest time is about an hour.I guess I could test it for an hour and see what the RH is after that. Any help with this would be great. Thanks
Well...I thought I had a good suggestion for you, but it looks like Brookstone doesn't sell it anymore. I bought a digital timer from them about 4 years ago to handle the lighting for my igs while I was out of the country. My mom took care of the feeding, watering, cleaning, bathing, etc. She loved them and they loved her, so it was easy. Mercury would come running to her as soon as she heard my mom enter my apartment. Herc always followed shortly after, at a slower, "I'm too cool to look excited" pace. ;D Its a digital timer that can be set for on-off cycles, down to the nearest minute. I guess all I can suggest is that you do a google search for digital timers. If you're in Canada, I imagine that your house heater is running quite a bit, and this really dries out the air, so your humidifier can run without a timer. It should have a built-in safety circuit that will shut it off when it runs out of water, so you don't really need a timer for it. It'll run until its dry, and your humidity still won't get much above 40%, which is just about perfect for a captive environment.
Last Edit: Mar 4, 2007 9:12:13 GMT -8 by IguanaKing
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Post by LotharsPeople on Mar 4, 2007 9:16:06 GMT -8
stylin, Head to Canadian Tire and pick up this digital timer, Noma Digital Seven Day Timer. I use them for lighting and heating, and they can be set up to 20 cycles a day for as little as one minute each.
I would still run it often...unless you can get above 50% humidity with it off. I have two indoor/outdoor thermometer/hygrometers set up in the cage. One for the basking area and that cool side...and one for the other non-basking UVB area and the bottom corner front. It also tracks the humidity in each of those 4 spots. Placing the gauge in the basking area is one place you should have it. The cool end is the other. If all you have is the hygrometer then in the basking area will be fine.
Mine is in the old ferret quarantine cage. Don't have ferrets anymore, so it works great as a safety cage. Those plastic storage cubes turned upside-down work, too...as long as the ig isn't big enough to tip it over, or small enough to get between the openings. Mine is set for alternating 60-90 minutes. It's not an exact timer, but I have them spaced for even sets of on/off.
I built a box for mine and drilled holes in it it works really well I also drilled a hole in the top of the vaporizor resivoir and put a section of flexable clear tubing in it that reaches to the outside of the box. when i add water to it i just stick a funnel in the tube and pour it in. once a week i take it out and clean it.
You would have to wipe down the entire cage...the closer to the vaporizer the more concentrated the deposits will be. Everyday may be a little excessive...but you would need a serious weekly wipe down. Keep in mind Falcore will be breathing this stuff in, too...but I have not heard of it being a problem with other igs...then again...I don't know that it's ever really been brought up as a serious subject.
I know with the one we were using in the house it got the powder everywhere. Even on a cd inside the cd player! I don't know that it would be a problem other than being unsightly since it is a product designed for human use.