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Old November 13th, 2014 Nov 13, 2014 4:31:43 PM -   #31 (permalink)
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As far as the humidity monitor I was able to find this one by Acurite - Harry from equipment zone gave me the lead. But this specific model I found has a magnetic backing! And it attaches nicely on the Speedtreater TX which is made out of steel. My Speedtreater sits right beside the F2000. If you don't have a Speedtreater you can easily attach it to the lower part of the platen base which is steel. You can also use velcro or double sided tape if you can't find a magnetic one.


Here is the link. On their website it says $12.99 I got it for $9.99 at Home Hardware.

Acurite Digital Humidity & Temperature Monitor 00325



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FYI the humidity displayed is low, need to get a cool mist humidifier to bring it up closer to the 50 as suggested by Harry at Equipment Zone.


What's nice about that Acurite humidity gauge (besides the low cost ) is that it also records the lowest and highest levels that day. It is important to note that the proper humidity level should be kept 24/7 in the room you have the printer in. Many people make the mistake of just keeping it at that level only during work hours.

http://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-00613A...humidity+gauge


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Old November 14th, 2014 Nov 14, 2014 4:17:19 AM -   #32 (permalink)
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Home Depot garden dept seems easier.
 
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Home Depot does also carry the Acurite humidity gauge. Have seen it in the store but not always in stock.

AcuRite Digital Humidity and Temperature Comfort Monitor-00613 at The Home Depot

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Old November 15th, 2014 Nov 15, 2014 6:08:05 AM -   #34 (permalink)
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EpsonF2000 is most generous to humidity level than any other printers. AA runs F2000 without humidifier. Not see trouble yet but good to have one. Philadelphia is not dry as Colorado or Vegas.
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Old November 15th, 2014 Nov 15, 2014 8:11:27 AM -   #35 (permalink)
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The Epson F2000 Printer does have a much wider operational latitude with regards to humidity and temperature, However it's always best to operate the printer in the best humidity and temperature environment to better assure not having any issues.

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Old November 15th, 2014 Nov 15, 2014 1:35:36 PM -   #36 (permalink)
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Very much agree with you that Epson says that the F2000 printer has a very wide operating envelope, which is a very nice feature of the printer.

What Jim had asked for was the ideal humidity and temperature range which, and the people at Epson have concurred with this, were the figures posted.


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+1 for the Acurite Humidity Monitor/Hygrometer. I've been using that exact brand and model for the last 2 years right next to our printers (Brother printers up until last week when we switched over to Epson). We track humidity levels in shop logs, as well as temperature and a few other things. I believe it is an essential practice for all garment decorators to get into, as we have been able to track production issues in all departments of our shop (screen, embroidery, heat press, and DTG) to significant changes in both humidity and temperature.
 
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does anyone print on gildan 2000 tshirts with your machine, id love to see a couple samples if you do
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Old November 16th, 2014 Nov 16, 2014 9:25:35 AM -   #39 (permalink)
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does anyone print on gildan 2000 tshirts with your machine, id love to see a couple samples if you do
75% of everything I print is ultra cotton or an alstyle alternative. With the new firebird pretreat the prints are coming out awesome. While some of my posts show mock ups I do have several samples on my web and Facebook page.
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Old November 16th, 2014 Nov 16, 2014 6:55:42 PM -   #40 (permalink)
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I just added this post on the thread about 50/50 shirts.....

attaching a couple pictures of our F2000 printing on Gildan Ultra Cotton 50/50 - these are multi-decoration..so have Spangles applied on top of the print. These were printed with the F2000, using the NeoRip, and Epson Pretreatment. I am testing now with the new Firebird FBX.

shame on us..but we do not pictures from the latest orders that we did with the Gildan ultra cotton, Hanes Tageless and Hanes Beef-T....I know those are not the recommended brands.....but we have had good prints with these on white with no pretreatment ( working to decide if we will start pretreating white shirts...??) and then on dark and light colors using Epson Pretreatment.

The prints still looked good after 8 washings. I do like the feel of some of the other recommended shirts for DTG...but the prints on the lower cost shirts have been holding up good for us at this point.

I will work on some prints to include in our 90 day review with our Epson F2000
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Nice work. Love the combined tecniques.
 
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+1 for the Acurite Humidity Monitor/Hygrometer. I've been using that exact brand and model for the last 2 years right next to our printers (Brother printers up until last week when we switched over to Epson). We track humidity levels in shop logs, as well as temperature and a few other things. I believe it is an essential practice for all garment decorators to get into, as we have been able to track production issues in all departments of our shop (screen, embroidery, heat press, and DTG) to significant changes in both humidity and temperature.


With winter and the resulting cold temperatures you have to be even more careful about the humidity levels in the space you are keeping the printer in. Heating the space dries the air which can dramatically lower the humidity level.

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yep...now that winter has hit I am running 4 humidifiers here in Oklahoma this week to keep the humidity a little over 50%. I have 2 in the room with my printer, one at the doorway leading to the area I have my heat presses and one in the heat press room.
 
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yep...now that winter has hit I am running 4 humidifiers here in Oklahoma this week to keep the humidity a little over 50%. I have 2 in the room with my printer, one at the doorway leading to the area I have my heat presses and one in the heat press room.


This humidifier model has worked well for many of our customers. It has dual large water bottles so does not need to be refilled constantly.

Essick Air Products Decor Series 5.5 gal. Evaportive Humidifier for 2700 sq. ft.-4DTS 900 at The Home Depot

Also available on Amazon.

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Old November 18th, 2014 Nov 18, 2014 2:01:36 PM -   #45 (permalink)
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yep...now that winter has hit I am running 4 humidifiers here in Oklahoma this week to keep the humidity a little over 50%. I have 2 in the room with my printer, one at the doorway leading to the area I have my heat presses and one in the heat press room.

Looks like it's going to be a long cold winter. Cold started early this year.

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