Installing the Porthole

 
 

Tools

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Hands

 

Components

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Exterior porthole mount
Acrylic window
Interior porthole mount

 

 
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001

To begin, we’re going to install the clear acrylic window in the lid of the box. This will allow you to see your mushrooms as they grow.

Start by releasing the latch and opening the box.

 

002

Open the lid all the way and gently lift up at the hinges to pop the lid off the enclosure.

*Once you’ve got one side off, don’t just keep raising it, or it could break the hinge that’s still attached. Support the free side of the lid while lifting up near the hinge of the remaining side.

 
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003

Next, lay the lid on its top on a flat surface so that you have easy access to the porthole cutout.

 

004

Get out the acrylic window from the components inventory, as well as the interior and exterior porthole frames.

*In the photo to the right, the exterior piece is on the left and the interior piece is on the right.

 
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005

Place the acrylic window in the interior porthole frame. The interior frame is the one with the ridge sticking upwards. The exterior frame is the one with the impression facing inwards.

 

006

With the acrylic in place, put the interior porthole frame in place.

*If you want the porthole to be airtight, use clear silicone around the outside shoulder of the interior porthole cover.

 
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007

With your other hand, or a helper, bring the exterior porthole frame to the cutout from the outside.

 

008

Line the two pieces up and snap them together. It may take some extra force, but you will hear it snap when it’s properly seated.

 
 
 

009

Pat yourself on the back. You made it past level one. Let’s try mounting the chassis to the enclosure.