Well, rather surprisingly, it was a total strike-out with the Amish supplier, although, just as surprising, the grocery store did the trick. She never thought, but the person with her at the time said, "just go in there and see if they have them!" and so, being amenable to NEW IDEAS, she did, and lo-and-behold, voila, there they were on the shelves. Modern grocery stores, so much more than bins of flour and pickles and dried beef.
DK set up some initial trials, after modifying her grocery store buy, yesterday.
She also spent some time with her friends Google, Amazon, and cyberspace, and ordered two more critical parts.
So now, we wait.
DK does a lotta waiting, lately.
And while she's been a-waitin', Shrimpterns 0.0, 1.0, and 2.0, I'm a speakin' to all y'all:
she bit the bullet and paid the $ for this
. She's gonna get serious about that ugly floor.
So here, you see the problem. Well, actually, the problem is about six feet tall and not in the picture. You see, years, many years ago, when the concrete floor was new, DK declared we needed to seal it and the walls with sealer, but Other Geek thought better. Of course, until it became obvious that... it needed to be sealed. So one day, while DK was out, Other Geek took it to seal the basement floor. But the problem was that instead of using a suitable product for a smooth finish, a rough nap paint roller was used, resulting in the equivalent of a popcorn finish in concrete-like hardness. That you cannot mop - it's like trying to mop sandpaper.
So over the years of all sortsa projects down there, that floor has gotten dirtier and dirtier, cause there are a couple of things DK just WILL NOT do. One is manual water changes on tanks. Another is hands-and-knees scrub the floor with a stiff scrub brush in hand. Sorry, that just ain't happenin'.
If you've been payin' attention, you figgered she has a floor buffer, an Oreck Orbiter (craigslist is her friend). So now, she's finally spent the money for the heavy duty scrub brush, to try THAT on her dirty floor. She hated to buy a proprietary part, but she needed a semi-industrial strength solution. She can't bear the thought of a Shrimptern 3.0 ALSO seeing this floor.
An' she guesses while she continues to wait, she can dig up that monga ah-loo-MIN-ee-um wire, and start to fabricate the parts she needs, from it.