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Today 06:11 AM
wicca27 DK that looks great.

i had people here with me. we are all safe. not sure what the issue is but the light is fine as long as it is unplugged and plugged in something about the on off switch (built into the light) is the issue. as long as the switch stays on all is good so that is why it is plugged in now to turn it on.
Today 01:53 AM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by wicca27 View Post
im glad your light project worked. Mine...... not so much. i bet im the only person in the world who can blow a breaker switch by TURNING OFF a light. no clue how it happened but i have to unplug my light now. if i flip the switch to turn it of it trips a breaker. oh well at least it works. and at this point i am thinking about buying a switch to install inline in the wire to turn it on and off lol. getting in the floor under the tank to turn it off at night is not nice on bad knees
Hey C...

... stay safe.

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DK never works on electrical work when alone - always has a responsible secondary party in the building... in case. She also has an expert electrician type on consult at all times. She knows her way around a multi-meter.

DK also never starts a plumbing project just before a weekend or holiday...

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She realized she didn't post the finished pics of THAT OTHER project, with the wrought iron handles. Made by a blacksmith, both handles priced less than a single commercial appliance handle, including shipping (which the single commercial appliance handle would not include at this price point).

She used a mini trench drain grate as her replacement fridge grill, since she wanted black and hated the uber-ugly original white one. It worked out fah-buel-ussss. It disappears under the fridge not to be thought about, covers the fridge-guts, and allows the needed air flow for heat management. And, oh, yeah, it was cheaper than any replacement real fridge grill, even used ones. DK had to do a little magic with some aluminum angle, pop rivets, and a lexan plate to pull the grill together. It removes in a wink for easy access to the coils for cleaning - no pesky screws to undo down there.

The new fridge surround has a removable side panel that allows easy moving of the fridge (as its upper portion floats with no post on the left side when side panel is removed), or slides forward for easy access to behind the fridge, without removal. This is crucial when you have a bottom coiled unit and two hairy Germans in the same house. The center panel on top lifts and holds now for storage of items above fridge. There is a narrow closet between fridge and oven stack, behind a cute skinny door, with holders for brooms, fly swatters, etc.

In order to make the beadboard frame proportional, DK had to chop the sides off her fridge control panel, but this left some annoying leftover partial text on the left edge of the panel. DK camouflaged this using some automotive vinyl wrap in matte metallic champagne.

DK thinks it looks much better than the hulking white box formerly dominating her kitchen skyline.

Plus, it was fun to do.

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She's contemplating her next project. Probably she needs to finish the bridge lamps that have been sitting around.

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Shrimp are doing fine. She has the highest number of camo tigers she's ever had, now. The Mermaids are doing swell - their tank is growing slime to feed them at an accelerated rate since the install of the full-spectrum lighting. One of these days she's gonna seed the middle Sulawesi tank with them to start a second population in that tank. She has all slimy glass again, so no new shrimp pics until she cleans some glass.


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06-27-2015 07:46 PM
wicca27 im glad your light project worked. Mine...... not so much. i bet im the only person in the world who can blow a breaker switch by TURNING OFF a light. no clue how it happened but i have to unplug my light now. if i flip the switch to turn it of it trips a breaker. oh well at least it works. and at this point i am thinking about buying a switch to install inline in the wire to turn it on and off lol. getting in the floor under the tank to turn it off at night is not nice on bad knees
06-26-2015 11:20 PM
DKShrimporium
Sometimes, DK fixates on things...

It's almost like a programming ritual. A part or piece comes up, and sparks DK's interest. She studies it -- fixates on it -- for quite a while, before she tosses it to the bins 'n' barrels of parts 'n' pieces.

Until someday... she has the perfect use for it.

Well, two such things came up, this week.

The first were offered to her by Other Geek, leftover from a gas grill parts kit. You gotta admire a person who would know to present these to DK as an offering.

The second was one of those serendipitous events.

In the course of working on that OTHER PROJECT, DK tried a product she hadn't tried before: Loctite Proline Premium Construction Adhesive. She got busy and some squoze out of her caulking gun onto her paper towel catch. But the fascinating thing is it hardened just like it came out, like a soft-serve plastic extruded from a tube, that holds its shape, then hardens.

DK's brain is having fits, thinking of all the ways these properties of Loctite PPCA would or could be useful in projects.

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06-23-2015 04:42 AM
wicca27 looks great DK. i am going to try my first light fix soon. not nearly as awesome as yours but still a first for me woo lol.
06-22-2015 11:32 AM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scipio View Post
"What do you think that small tan building is halfway down the Amish driveway? (Note the buggy seen between the garage doors in the distance.)"

I'm guessing thats where they might keep their landline for emergency calls.
Yes, you're right! They are not allowed telephones in their homes (or on their persons with cells), but are allowed remote phones, primarily due to business reasons as they conduct business with English (non-Amish). The compromise in their culture is an inconvenient but serviceable remote dedicated "Amish phone booth."

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IN OTHER NEWS:

Finally the tie-up pictures of the Mermaid tank floating full spectrum "fixture."

All done, in, and functional.

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Today, the custom iron handles for the fridge are tracking to arrive.


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06-22-2015 07:46 AM
Scipio "What do you think that small tan building is halfway down the Amish driveway? (Note the buggy seen between the garage doors in the distance.)"

I'm guessing thats where they might keep their landline for emergency calls.
06-21-2015 05:33 AM
wicca27 that is pretty spiffy DK and i love the floors and new blue looks great
06-19-2015 08:42 PM
DKShrimporium
Now... about THAT OTHER project...

Today, THAT OTHER project was re-assembled and for the most part finished. There are a few niggling details to finish up with parts waiting to arrive, but the bulk of it is finis.

It all started with a bargain desk from the local Habitat Re-Store. Thirty bucks. Solid oak. Whatta bargain.

In the course of DK messing with her kitchen, she dismantled the desk and used the writing surface plank to make her a trash pull out for her kitchen.

Then, she got tired of tripping over leftover desk parts and decided to hike the bookshelf portion up into the sky, above her fridge, in preparation for a fridge makeover. That was back in February of this year. 'Cause, being a hoarder, she can never get rid of anything and must figure out a way to use it.

DK spent the next months pondering the geometry and physics of the fridge project while she messed around with the polychrome and macromatic.

Then, she re-finished her hardwood floors.

So now, it was time to get around to that fridge project.

Anyway, to make a long story short, she turned an aging white behemoth fridge into a rather coo-el looking "built-in" - using leftover parts and some new stuff, too, and a variety of whacko techniques.

It has some coo-el features, like a removable side wall, leaving a floating crown portion. And the front flips up so you can store stuff on top of the fridge, but out of sight. Oh yeah. And, of course, if need be, it's easy to disassemble and re-size, if DK gets her another fridge, sometime in the future.

Uh. Yeah. Just ignore that hole in DK's kitchen ceiling. She hasn't dealt with that one, yet. She also is getting ready to finish painting her trim the new, darker blue, which is why the trim behind the fridge is lighter than the trim on the fridge side wall. Although the transom above the fridge is already painted the new, darker blue.

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06-19-2015 01:09 AM
wicca27 pretty fancy looking house. as for the tan building maybe it hides a porta potty. i would say out house but that would be on the ground not elevated
06-18-2015 11:05 PM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by loach guy View Post
Positive displacement is dispensing an exact known amount. The idea is that if you filled a cup with water perfectly to the very top and put your finger in that cup, the amount of water that comes out is the exact volume of your finger. This can be accomplished with a piston. With an adjustable stroke length, you can hit any "shot" size you are looking for. I have designed these systems, and have also incorporated LRT's so that you can program any shot size on the fly. You can also use something more mechanical like a limit switch or a proximity switch if you are going to only be using one shot size.
Hm. So, apparently, DK's already using about three such technologies. She has metered peristaltic pumps, and then two piston type injectors.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

DK was so burned out on that OTHER project, that she took herself back to Maplehofe Dairy store.

For another double ice cream waffle cone.

It was a hot day so the ice cream was melting fast, as she sat out on the porch, so she did not take any pictures of her ice cream.

Instead, she shows y'all the view from the Maplehofe porch, across the street to the Amish farm.

So here's a riddle for ya:

What do you think that small tan building is halfway down the Amish driveway? (Note the buggy seen between the garage doors in the distance.)

Inquiring minds want to know if you have any ideas.


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06-17-2015 03:29 PM
loach guy Positive displacement is dispensing an exact known amount. The idea is that if you filled a cup with water perfectly to the very top and put your finger in that cup, the amount of water that comes out is the exact volume of your finger. This can be accomplished with a piston. With an adjustable stroke length, you can hit any "shot" size you are looking for. I have designed these systems, and have also incorporated LRT's so that you can program any shot size on the fly. You can also use something more mechanical like a limit switch or a proximity switch if you are going to only be using one shot size.
06-17-2015 11:05 AM
DKShrimporium
DK has project fatigue, but soldiers on

So yesterday, DK was SO burned out on THAT OTHER project, that her only respite was to stop working on it, and finish this crazy steampunk floating light "fixture" for the Mermaid ladies.

Today, a few shots of wire management.

The ballast has longer wires to span the length inside a fixture, but since DK is having an open construction, she has opted to pull only one wire from the far end of the fixture to the ballast end, and use all other ballast wires as close to the ballast as possible.

She could have cropped the ballast wires to length, but she has this anal thing about making things re-useable in the future, in case she wants to morph this project's parts into some future project. So she retained the ballast wires original length, and simply bundled them for steampunkish stylish beauty.

She hunted around and found one of many electrical cord tails, this one with a three prong plug, and used that. Anything she makes in the shrimporium, she makes with a grounded construct, due to a room full of water!

The hot and neutral wires from the ballast were tied into the plug using first a crimp connection, followed by an overwrap of shrink wrap. The cord's neutral was tied into the metal structure of the "fixture."

Because she envisions the occasion where she'll need to adjust or move this "fixture" that has no chassis, this means the "fixture" consists of two end rails and in her case a single wire between them. It would be cumbersome to remove this "fixture" for servicing with two ends and a four foot wire between them, so she made the four foot wire with a quick disconnect so she can deal with the "fixture" ends separately if needed, in the future.


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06-14-2015 08:49 PM
DKShrimporium
DK surfaces, briefly, from that OTHER project

DK has been in the thick of that OTHER project, each day battling wits with the gremlins of the project. Geometry, spatial relationships, transmission of forces, lightest & cheapest methods, order of operations - all swimming day and night in her noisy brain, until she prevails. She is s.l.o.w.l.y. winning, each step. Today's step involved a lot of push pins.

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And now, back to our regularly scheduled program:

The system is responding well so far to the magnesium tweak. The two most exciting parts for DK with this tweak are that the Mermaids are rolling with the move and doing great, although it remains to be seen if this affects their berrying rate, and the Camouflage tigers are perking up in their color - DK has been chasing their color for years now. At the present moment she has decently good color AND a high berrying rate.

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Next step in the Mermaid light project: DK mounts the ballast to an end rail.

Using pop rivets, what else.

The resulting "fixture" will have a distinctly steam-punk-ish vibe with all the entrails visible as functional art.

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06-11-2015 11:22 AM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
1st off, I like the Ring DK, don't know if I missed it before or if it's new but it is nice lookin'.

Second, Light project seems interesting, water system being almost tuned sounds pretty good.

Thirdly, it seems this cave has recently sparked a revival in spelunking, and I for one am very excited to see where it may go from here. More activity seems to be more interesting in my experience, hope this holds true here.

Lastly, I hope to be more active here myself, starting with the suggestion that DK start herself a genuine mad doings photobucket account, as it would allow all followers new and old a full picture journey through this thread.
BWA HA HA - that ring was eleven bucks on one of those cardboard displays with slits in it holding rings, at a flea markety type place! She has a nicer ring, but actually likes this modest one much better, so wears it!

Ja, ja. DK KNOWs she should set up a photo account. Problem is, on any given day she has a priority list, and it never makes it up into the active zone.

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Originally Posted by wicca27 View Post
yes i know you do not post full details but it gives me motivation to see it work as you work though it.
Well, DK is a project junkie. She hopes to inspire other project junkies. The whackier, the better. She is rather Wonka-esque.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

DK's messing with the magnesium in her system. She's always messing with stuff, can't leave well enough alone, because she gets these questions, and HAS to answer them. She's not sure whether the shrimp like it, or not. Will be another week until she has good indicators.

DK's been in the THICK of that OTHER project, this week. It's a battle of wills, and geometry. There are a few things still stymying her, such as the picture below, which is messing with her aesthetics. It can be daunting when a project REQUIRES of one to take a chop saw to a highly prominent facet of a major appliance.

She will likely be "thin" around here for another week until THAT project is under control. Right now, it's marginally under control. Teetering-like.

But she DOES think she's gonna win this one, eventually. Right now, she's pondering all the different ways hinges can be configured to move a plate...

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Oh. Yeah. The next episode, of our present program:

Now, we have three end caps mounted on each end rail. Of course, the plan is to have three linear bulbs over the bank of tanks.


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