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July 31, 2018, 04:18:54 PM
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Hello community!

I have been mining for years now.  Like many, this started as a hobby.  I'm an IT guy that owns a small consulting company and a HVAC company (long story) and do pretty decent for myself.  I'm not loaded, but I live nicely (My wife has a spectacular job as well is why LOL)  Anyway about 2 years ago during a stretch of hard time in the crypto industry where machines were making 2-3$ day, I spoke to my wife and decided to risk it and bet long on crypto.  The reason in my mind was price.  I could get equipment at a reasonable price not like last year when everything went nuts.  I went from 1 machine to test to 20 quickly, then after the talk flew to china to meet with mfg's and see about getting hundreds.  Great city Shenzhen is by the way visit if you ever get the chance.  Mfg as we all know now and i did not know back then, is that most Chinese companies are total scum bag greedy bastards.  They will sell you out for the same amount of dollars if the other party is Chinese.  They take care of their own first, admirable i guess, and if there is any scraps left then you can have those, normally at a higher price than what you agreed upon.  Met with a few, lost some money on one or two and finally got one that worked well.

In May of 2017 I entered into an agreement with a hosting company up north for 250kw of power.  Great bunch of guys I am proud to call friends now.  I had full use of facility and was their biggest client taking 1/4 of their power.  This July I finally completed and moved out into my facility.  

At the end of 2017 and along with my wife's support, since she is the only breadwinner (hodl the crypto!) at this point because I went all in on crypto, I began the search for a building that I could put in a crap ton of power.  It's not as easy as one would think by the way!  It took months of talking to electric delivery and cities because of regulations, taxes, incentives and all that fun stuff.  I purchased a building and began my quest to build a mining facility that I can have for myself and rent out space once complete.  My major focus was having something I can call mine, but do it in a way that I can automate it so I don't have to be at the location 24/7 to manage it.  Mid July 2018, my 4 megawatt 43,000 square foot facility was pretty much ready.  There were many road blocks and turns to get to this point but it was all worth it.  I use about 1 megawatt for me.  I'm mainly a GPU guy but have 50-60 asics.    I have 20 security cameras on the outside and a bunch on the inside.  I am in the process of adding magnetic locks for keypad entry.  I fully gutted the offices and made them in my image.  I went ahead and purchased warehouse racks and took advantage of the height in here.  Being an HVAC guy I know that cooling at this magnitude is just cost prohibitive so I went with major ventilation.  Every 2 mw hot isle has 3 - 60,000 cfm up-blast exhaust fans running.  1 and a half can do the job but just in case I have a catastrophic fan failure I have a spare.  I have all metered and switched CDU so that I can remotely reboot any machine I want.  I am fed from two substations with switches on either side of my building just in case there is a fault at the power company the switch will kill that feed so I can continue on the other.  I have the ok from the power company and the city to go to 12 mw if I ever wanted too.  I have the space and I might do that some day =)

I did not cheap out on anything other than the obvious, cooling.  I made this right because I made it for me.  Even if I don't rent out a single kw, i'll be happy because I know in my heart this was done the way I wanted it and what most people would dream about.  I'm like the hair club for men guy, I'm not just the president, I'm also a member!  

Looking at the pictures below really don't do justice to the enormity of this thing and the cost.  Everything is expensive at this level of electricity.  Cable is triple what I thought it would be for example.  

Location obviously not disclosed. It is in Northern USA

Anyway, enough of my ranting here are some pictures and ask questions i'll be more than happy to answer.  Please be patient though as this facility is still taking most of my time.

FIRST COMEDY OUTTAKES!

My washer was ready but drier was not so i put my clothes on racks behind units to dry =)


Big Ass Steaks first day units came online!



Pipes Being Laid (8 x 4 inch per 2MW)


Pads & Containment Ready! (6K per Pad Cost)


Poles Set!


Transformer Set!


On with first 2MW!


300Kva PDU x 6 for fist 2 MW


First 18 Machines on OMGz!


Few more machines up.  About 600 or so.



Ventilation for massive fans (need more btw)



Giant Ass Fans 6ft x 6ft


HOT ISLES IN!





All Electrical: https://imgur.com/a/WgQeGYm

All Fans & Ventilation: https://imgur.com/a/ug5kmyw

All Digging https://imgur.com/a/dxp3Y0I

All Pads: https://imgur.com/a/AIFit4w

All Poles: https://imgur.com/a/oOfs92s

All Racks: https://imgur.com/a/4K3ZJUO

All Building: https://imgur.com/a/O8CdxeF


  

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July 31, 2018, 04:19:13 PM
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Small Video of Racks!

Hot isle should be in by the end of next week

https://youtu.be/qBmjZk2DZaw

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July 31, 2018, 04:19:22 PM
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FIRST OF ALL - I know many of you all have better rates than this at home and if you don't want this service move on.  Don't post crap stuff here please as most sane people know this is pretty fair deal.

OK onto the soup:

I Have received many, many PM's for hosting.  YES! I will rent space out and the rate is 75$ a KW, MINIMUM of 10kw.  I pay a little less than that of course in electricity, but the cost to build this facility was immense and I have to try and recoup some of that.    

A little about me and company.  I have been in crypto for 4-5 years now and love it!  I'm an IT guy before it was cool to be IT, late 80's-90's.  I have owned and operated www.minerdude.com (yeah website sucks i'll fix in jan 2019) for quite some time but recently I decided to stop selling miners, since everyone and their dog is doing it now, and start to do pure hosting.  Please pardon the website as it's a work in progress for the transition.  DON't BUY anything on it yet before speaking with me or my staff.  Number to contact us is on the site, or you can email or a PM here.  OMG what a concept right you can actually call us.

What I offer: (more to follow)

Top Notch 42,000 square foot Facility
Full monitoring (all my Power Switches are metered and switched so you will be able to VPN in and reboot yourself)
Security - I invested quite a bit to secure every inch of this area.  We are adding more weekly.  Cameras, keypads etc.
No one is allowed back there unless they go through a background check plus have a ton of machines.  If you have 20 or less - I will set them up or a supervisor will be with you at all times.
Cameras everywhere, inside and out.  
Working on 24/7 security company to office out of here.  Should have that in a month or 2



Few Rules: (more to follow)

1.) Must be more than 10kw of usage per customer
2.) 2-6 Month prepay then before the next pay month you must pay or I'll shut you off till you do (crypto is OK and preferred but Wire, Check, CC OK)  BTC, LTC, ETH, ZEC - Example you paid 2 months prepaid may, June (paid) if you don't pay June 30 for July your machines will power down at midnight until that fee is paid.
3.) I was going to put 1 year contract in place but I'll waive that after you pass your prepay period(you still need to sign a contract but it will be month to month)
4.) This is standard but no one tells you this: My insurance will not cover your stuff!  If you want it insured then you need to get renters insurance etc. I can point you in the right direction should you want to persue this, most don't.  
5.) NO WOODEN Rigs - Massive Liability and fire hazard
6.) Reboot services * if we are manually rebooting more than 2 - 3 times a week there will either be a tech fee to try and fix it or take it offline and ship it back to you for repair.
7.) NO WOODEN RIGS - did i say that again? =)

More to come!  Just tossing this out there.

I have already put 1mw of customers in here and I have 2 mw left.  It's filling up pretty quick, kind of nice =)  People from Europe especially sending equipment over because of their high rate.

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July 31, 2018, 05:46:01 PM
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I guess your motto is, "Go big or go home!"  Grin

Excellent read; definitely worth 25% of my remaining sMerits!

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July 31, 2018, 06:40:30 PM
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Damn... just... AWESOME!
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July 31, 2018, 06:42:41 PM
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Was wanting to do just this as well... just don't have the capital investment myself or rich friends.
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July 31, 2018, 07:13:59 PM
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Wow, your wife must be rich.
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July 31, 2018, 08:04:24 PM
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living the dream!

Good read. Especially liked the pic with the clothes drying Grin
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July 31, 2018, 08:12:13 PM
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It's a lot of work, good thing all is working out, good thing you are going long cause is the only way to make money on mining. Good luck on your endeavor, is looking good so far.

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July 31, 2018, 08:48:43 PM
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Thanks Guys appreciate it!  Nah we are not rich but I did not have debt therefore I could take a task/risk like this.  


@Set Ready Go
Ya LOL my gas dryer was still offline so why not use miners to dry the clothes  Tongue


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All in brotha.


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Thanks man, i'm in for the long haul.

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This is awesome. Congratulations on your endeavour. I'm sure this kind of mining facility is only what most of us here dream of.

I know you've said it it that you're in it for the long haul, i'm just curious about your future plans. Do you plan to continue buying new hardware GPU/ASICs?
What if Bitcoin drops back down to $1k and stays there for months, how long are you ready to continue shouldering costs at that level?
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What coins are you mining and what are the majority of your rigs made up off?
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What if Bitcoin drops back down to $1k and stays there for months, how long are you ready to continue shouldering costs at that level?

Maximum bitcoin can crash is 4 times from ath which is 20k, 5k and that already happened and bitcoin block reward in 2020 is going for another halving. So expect the price to be around 13k in few months. Whoever invests long in bitcoin knows how things work.

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August 01, 2018, 05:51:29 AM
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This looks great. Keep us updated, Dagarair, a real GPU guy. By the way, I wonder why you dont add more windows for better ventilation?
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Hello ,
I have a question . What are the boxes your using ? I`m guessing there is GPU`s inside ?

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Great project !

  GPU cases look very much like Genesis Mining setup, can you share some details of your rig setup?

Thx and good luck
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Woah that's some major operation you're running there. Hope it all works out for you!

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Electricity price?
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Awesome Dude! Love those Octo Miner Cases! So Many GPU's LOL!!
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Electricity price?
+1 curious to know that Smiley Everything looks nice budy , good luck !
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