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Welcome Back to the Hobbyist Miner Channel
Venturing into a new project, especially one that requires a good deal of manual labor and technical knowledge, is always an exciting but challenging endeavor. In my case, it’s renovating my basement all by myself. Of course, with a fair amount of support from family and friends. If it’s your first time following this journey, welcome! In this article, we’ll delve into the progress of the project so far, as I look to create an optimal space for my mining operation.
Project Progress Overview
To give a birds-eye view of the renovations, several hours have been dedicated weekly towards the project’s advancement, resulting in considerable progress. Located on the other side of a wall, the mining room underwent an update with a significant airflow upgrade and was sealed off using plastic. This was done to help keep the heat it generates contained.
The originally sighted desk in the room has since been relocated to the office, a separate space within the basement. Here, a workstation has been set up where I’ve been cleaning my GPUs and replacing all their thermal paste.
Inside the Office
This office is more than just a workspace; it’s overrun with gadgets and components crucial to the renovation. A notable addition to the office includes the RJ45 keystone jacks, ready to be installed this week. These are essential for setting up 40 Ethernet jack outlets, an upgrade crucial for the mining operation.
The previously mentioned desk now resides permanently in the office, where the setup includes my editing rig and gaming rig. Pertinently, an important schedule has been developed, outlining the status of the different GPUs in terms of which needs thermal paste replacement and maintenance.
The Mining Room
The mining room, reachable through a plastic-sealed doorway, had undergone a major move-around. All the mining rigs were relocated outside giving way for fresh modifications. A thermometer placed in the room shows a reading of 76 degrees with 55% humidity.
The Mining Rigs
One of the rigs positioned in the room, referred to as the Pixie rig, includes my 380s. Power has been divided into three circuits to separate loads, improving energy efficiency, and mitigating any risks of overloads or electrical faults.
The Rig Overview
The rig display includes a total of 13 GPUs – 1060s, a 2060, 1080s, and 1660s. There is also an RX470, an H110, and a 1080 founders edition, among others. In between these rigs is a test bench (a fixture for testing electronic devices), housing my 30-60 GPU.
The Renovation is not without challenges. On observing the room’s temperature after 24 hours of the rigs mining, it was significantly hotter than expected. The airflow system, which was thought to be well designed, proved inadequate. The room’s exhaust was choked, due to a lack of sufficient intake from the room’s two passive, six-inch reinforcements.
This lesson was learned from smarter individuals who reached out to provide insight. Their helpful tips have already spurred an effort to install two more intake systems to achieve better cooling. In addition, three 20-inch, 5200 CFM floor standing fans have been sourced to replace the current box fans, aiming to improve air circulation.
Persistence Through the Project
The renovation project has indeed posed some challenges, but determination remains strong to get things right. Who said renovating a basement for mining rigs would be easy anyway?
In conclusion, this renovation has managed to encapsulate the excitement of DIY home projects, the complexity of mining rig operations, and the importance of community knowledge. If you’re on a similar journey or planning to begin one, please hit the subscribe button, and let’s navigate this exciting world together.