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04-16-2015 03:37 AM
wicca27 DK its a sad day at my house ... i lost my last tb yesterday. im chalking it up to age. as i have had them a full year now and i know they were a few months old when i got them. not sure how i want to go from here though.
04-11-2015 02:43 PM
Maechael Nice score! DK you'd love my goodwill, they sell the occasional RO/DI unit, and tons of pool supply hoses and clamp work.

I saw the pathway open and as a fool wandered, but new paths can be exciting, some due to how treacherous they are.

Water system alpha is currently in the design stage with a friend from new work, alpha is going to be portable and with any luck, suitcase or smaller sized.
04-11-2015 12:52 PM
DKShrimporium DK wasn't offended.

She probably should never have led us down that path.

But she just got so carried away, with the adrenaline surge, and the assonance. She is a word nerd.

Sometimes, posting here reminds her of "The Mark of Gideon," and she's ever mindful of the view out the window.

Google is your friend.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

DK just scored a set of drums for twenty bucks, compliments the local Goodwill store.

For the rocker with that amazing hair, in her domicile.


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04-11-2015 05:09 AM
Maechael Sorry if I offended anyone with my attempt at humor, DK included.

No harm intended.
04-10-2015 12:02 PM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
DK is it blasphemous to wish for possesion of one's own automated water factory with a mint condition "God knob"? If so, Blasphemer 1, reporting.
Let's remember this is a very public venue. There was no disrespect meant in any way to folks of faith or their beliefs, by my attempt at generic humor. So, there was NO intention to blaspheme, and this is not something DK even jokes around, about.

She merely meant that this knob sure gives the illusion of being in control, and that that feeling is generally counter to the human experience.

And it can be purchased twenty something bucks. Not bad, really.
04-10-2015 04:01 AM
Maechael DK is it blasphemous to wish for possesion of one's own automated water factory with a mint condition "God knob"? If so, Blasphemer 1, reporting.
04-08-2015 01:29 PM
DKShrimporium
DK is frantic...FRANTIC!

She is running around, desperately looking for a hard hat... a bicycle or motorcycle helmet... heck... a steel box.

Because, the new Macromatic install has resulted in a fine-ness of granularity, a level of heretofore unobtainable precision of control...

...that is making her feel God-like, and her brain is swelling in response.

She can now dial a 5 tds unit change in her globals, with the twist of a knob. This means reliable dial-a-molt. She can dial in breeding seasons, at will, with fine control.

Before, it was about a 100 unit jump.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

OK, so she's a drama queen, this morning.

Let's just say:
It was worth the wait.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
DK would it benefit you to keep a record of any and all defective parts you order?

I guess that would minimize reordering of poor quality parts, or at least let you know to buy more than one of any trouble parts.


Good luck, my projects are currently all on hold, except breeding projects.


The Zen of planted tank breeding is becoming very relaxing to me.
If DK tried in any manifestation to keep records of parts... um. Nope. Nothing would get done. She really doesn't have that many defectives, anyway. The heaters just go out. She has a system to put a heater on watch. Other parts, it's rare to get a lemon. Plus, yeah, remember, she's lah-zhee. Parts inventories... too much like that thing called "maintenance" 'cause it's tedious. She has a sort of very cluttered database of stuff rambling around in her head that is surprisingly effective.

Quote:
Originally Posted by pKaz View Post
Shrimpterm zero here, took me over a day to get caught back up with this thread.

Does this mean that DK will now get the flood alarm that she has always dreamed about?

As I was reading your plan to use the Macromatic and the RIB together the design seemed overcomplicated but I saw where you were going, glad to see there was a simpler approach.

Also the finished polychrome looks great.
There are probably some arduino fans out there, scratching their heads at dino-DK. But she wants systems that are not computer dependent, for the most part. She has her reasons, for this...

Yep, embarrassing as it is, that project has stayed exactly as it was the moment you left, until now! Yeah, what has it been, 2 -- 3 years of quiescence? Can't remember. Now, she ponders whether she wants a bullhorn, autodialer, or what, as the end result. Or maybe a global solenoid shut-off response. More pondering.

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And here, we have the source of her frantic-ness. The now-existence of

The GodKnob


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04-08-2015 04:08 AM
pKaz Shrimpterm zero here, took me over a day to get caught back up with this thread.

Does this mean that DK will now get the flood alarm that she has always dreamed about?

As I was reading your plan to use the Macromatic and the RIB together the design seemed overcomplicated but I saw where you were going, glad to see there was a simpler approach.

Also the finished polychrome looks great.
04-05-2015 04:05 PM
Maechael DK would it benefit you to keep a record of any and all defective parts you order?

I guess that would minimize reordering of poor quality parts, or at least let you know to buy more than one of any trouble parts.


Good luck, my projects are currently all on hold, except breeding projects.


The Zen of planted tank breeding is becoming very relaxing to me.
04-04-2015 02:33 PM
DKShrimporium
The missing link

Quote:
Originally Posted by wicca27 View Post
nice. i really wish i would have paid more attention in applied science back in 9th grade now lol
Here's the deal. DK knows almost nothing. But she does know how to type (slowly), and read, and think.

With only three tools, she and her friend Google have schemed her way into these nutso projects.

One of the reasons she runs this thread is to illustrate that you only need three tools, a computer or smart phone, and hookup to the 'net, and you can go places.

It doesn't matter what you did, or didn't, do in 9th grade. What matters is today. Anyone can do it.

DK's has had just about every possible screw-up and failure. (She doesn't publish most of them because some of them are pretty darned embarrassing like not realizing her PCM is already doing the job of the RIB.) She learns from them. Sometimes, she has success after a failure or a string of failures. She figures if she hasn't had success yet, that she just hasn't pushed through the failures enough, yet.

On the other hand, if she had not had the PCM functional deficiency, and made the mistake of buying the RIB when she really didn't need it, she would not have had the internal discussion about exactly what the RIB does, and exactly what the PCM does. It was this internal discussion that gave her the eureka moment that changed her plans for the RIB relay.

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Below, she beta tested her new idea. Um. Yeah. Try to screen out the miscellaneous stuff in the picture. Just focus on the RIB, plugged in, and it's sensing contacts. The other stuff in the picture is just stuff that happens to be in the background.

First picture, you see the RIB is hooked up to power, but the input pulse contacts haven't' seen a "dry-contact, no-voltage" pulse to activate the RIB (They are just hanging in the air - these wires are completely isolated from the power wires and they see no electricity even though the relay itself is now powered with 120 volts. Even when they close a circuit, that circuit is NOT ENERGIZED, that is why DK does not have them capped off in this picture, there is no danger. These wires are NEVER running electricity in this type of relay.).

The realization that a "dry-contact, no-voltage" pulse is merely a non-energized closed circuit - after much drooling head pounding trying to learn NEW electronics terminology - gave DK the missing link she's been wanting.

Second picture, she applies the contact leads to a wet towel (and relishes the supreme irony that in this solution she's waited to discover for two years her "dry contact" is WET!!! - BWAHAHAHA!!!) and take a look at the RIB's LED.

Now, mebbe all y'alls are smarter than she is and coulda figgerd this out sooner. But it took her a couple of years of stewing for the eureka moment on this.

But now, she's good to go!

Shrimptern Zero, are you reading??

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And with this, she leaves the cave to drip, a few days.




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04-03-2015 02:02 PM
DKShrimporium
Nine hurdles down, one remains

DK got the Macromatic installed. To do so, she had to do another relay-ectomy elsewhere and fool with the circuit layout, but she prevailed.

She did NOT install the RIB relay.

Why?

She decided she has other plans for it.

She realized that the existing Stenner Pump Control Module is already capable of taking in a dry contact input and putting out a 120 volt output, which is what she needed the RIB relay for. And since the PCM is a not-very-well functioning timer, she can just use it at a short setting, doesn't matter which, to pulse the Macromatic.

So, it's all working:
  1. Dry contact pulse from pulse water meter enters PCM
  2. PCM reads dry contact pulse and responds with energized circuit with 120 volts for a short time
  3. This 120 output from the PCM is then used as the 120 input pulse into the Macromatic.
  4. Macromatic reads its 120 v input pulse and begins its interval, powering a separate 120 v circuit.

Until, we hit the wall.

Um. The Macromatic they sent DK is defective. No matter the switch or knob settings, it runs the SAME time interval.

Back it goes.

DK is feeling cursed.

But stubborn.

New one ordered, different vendor.

She will prevail.


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04-03-2015 03:30 AM
wicca27 nice. i really wish i would have paid more attention in applied science back in 9th grade now lol
04-02-2015 02:52 PM
DKShrimporium
It has happened: polychrome project cross-pollinates water factory

After a few days of quiescence - DK's been focused on something else in the background - DK looked around for the stuff she needs to beta test the new system.

The idea of this new system is to fix the granularity problem with the water factory's Stenner Pump Control Module. The way the PCM is SUPPOSED to work is to take in dry contact signals from a pulse water meter and then put out control intervals to a Stenner pump. There is a range adjustment on the PCM that is SUPPOSED to have continuous granularity.

In reality, it takes jumps of about 20%.

Naturally, Murphy being so diligent, the setting DK wants is ALWAYS somewhere between those 20% jumps.

Drives her nuts.

Enter the Macromatic.

Macromatic takes a 120 volt pulse signal as its input signal and then uses that signal to start a time interval during which it closes a circuit and powers that circuit with 120 volt power. DK used this on the Wet Wedding controls, for timing the RO membrane flush interval. From this, she knows that the old-fashioned Macromatic truly IS continuous granularity in adjustment.

Now the problem is that the macromatic cannot "read" the signal coming from the pulse water meter, as those signals are "no-voltage" and the Macromatic needs a 120 volt signal as input.

So, DK needed something that reads a "no-voltage" signal and puts out a 120 volt powered circuit in response.

Enter the RIB relay. The RIB reads a no-voltage signal.

So the idea was to dump the PCM and hook the RIB dry contact relay up to the pulse water meter. Then, when the pulse water meter gave off a pulse, the RIB dry contact no voltage relay can "read" that "signal" (no-voltage signal = circuit closing but no energy in the circuit, so "no-voltage" signal) as an instruction to close an ENERGIZED circuit.

So, when the RIB sees the closed circuit from the pulse water meter, it takes that signal and closes a different, 120 volt energized circuit, for 1.8 seconds. When it does this, the energy flowing through the energized circuit is tapped at the same time to power the lovely, shiny red LED light for the same amount of time. DK loves shiny, colorful, blinky things, especially on her control gizmos.

SO, DK rigged up the pulse water meter output wires to the RIB, and powered the RIB. She then ran the water until the pulse water meter made a pulse, and watched to see if the RIB lit up for 1.8 seconds. To do this, she had to put water factory on bypass and unpower the Stenner pumps.

In order to do this beta test, she had to rig the RIB to the 120 volt power.

So, she borrowed a tool she had made to test the polychrome chandelier - a lopped off extension cord.

Yep. It worked.

The plan was to then take the energized 120 volt pulse coming OUT of the RIB whenever it saw a pulse from the pulse water meter, and use that output as the INPUT into the Macromatic, which needs an ENERGIZED pulse signal input of 120 volts. Then, the macromatic closes its own circuit for a (controllable, adjustable) time interval, energizing its output circuit for the desired set time, with 120 volt power. Then, this power drives the Stenner pumps for that interval, each water meter pulse.

Yeah, it was a good plan.

BUT then DK got to thinkin'....


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03-30-2015 07:32 PM
Maechael Pretty bits and pieces.
Seems like DK is regularly reaching outside the bits and pieces bins and such as of late.

Glad to see activity here regularly again!

Water projects water projects!
03-30-2015 06:50 PM
DKShrimporium
The Twelve Days of... WAITING

OK, so TWELVE DAYS later, the Macromatic has finally arrived.

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DK's been moving the water quite a bit in the Sulawesi bank, so yesterday there was a fresh large molt! Those Mermaids seem to be rolling with the new water, although it's moving more than DK wanted it to because the MACROMATIC HADN'T ARRIVED,yet.

DK needs the Macromatic to get to the in between settings she needs.

Install in the next day or so, when her sluggishness subsides.


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