|12-16-2013 03:43 PM|
Vapor Control Project VCP 03:
She makes more pieces of her contraption, cutting, folding, and then spot welding using her handy-dandy Weller soldering iron that she bought for the Maserati net project.
|12-13-2013 06:19 AM|
|wicca27||looking good dk cant wait to see what else your up to hehehehe|
|12-12-2013 02:16 PM|
|DKShrimporium||C .... oh... C - you know who you are. I have a couple a fun missions for you if wanta mission or two. Ping me by PM if so!|
|12-12-2013 12:26 AM|
But before, and after, the old brain is a whirring away, planning stuff. (Insert sound effects here at the brain activity, something like those kids' fireworks that spin sparks and fly off when you light them, "VZZZZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETE...VZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEE EETE...) Right now it's doing different iterations of how to build and hang a barn door. And what tile pattern to lay. And how to remove countertops someday if there is tile in the way. And where to place the wire run and how to automate the new LED strips. And how to configure the third wall of them, from leftover scraps.
And in the middle, usually around 2, 3 or 4 AM, I awake and read my Nook for a while, until I get sleepy again and drift off.
IN OTHER NEWS:
DK's Vapor Control Project VCP 02:
She takes the binder covers and cuts them with the scissors, bends them, to fit her pattern.
Last picture, her future barn door handle, courtesy yeebey.
And finally, the leather (not bonded "leather") sectional she just scored from CL for $200. Most excellent Geek/Jr. Geek/Man Cave material. Two recliners and a queen pullout. Pics are from the ad. (Here, she has to admit partial defeat, as after several weeks the smokesofa started smelling again, not exactly like cigarette smoke, but musta been the byproducts of breakdown by the chlorine dioxide. So she ditched it to a smoker and moved on...)
|12-10-2013 11:29 PM|
Looks nice dk, I wonder sometimes if you sleep, and if you do I think you sleep work.
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|12-10-2013 05:19 PM|
|pKaz||That looks really cool!|
|12-09-2013 01:59 PM|
DK is full of lies. She did NOT go on to continue posting on the vapor control project, because, well, she got busy doin' sumpin' else.
So many projects going on here!
Yesterday, she did this, 3528 warm white LED strips above her cabinets. She did the final install on the strips, but the wiring still needs to be run for the... automation, so you still see the ugly wires as they are mocked up at this point. The effect in real life doesn't show such hot spots as it looks like in the picture - it's really nice gentle glow, just enough to light up that back corner.
Today, DELIVERIES of EQUIPMENT. Yes, it's gonna be a good day.
|12-05-2013 05:48 PM|
OH, yeah. DK completely forgot she was about to post on the vapor control program.
DK's been RATHER preoccupied with lots o' other things. She has, count 'em, TWO, yes, TWO shrimpterns coming in, one at the end of this month, and one in February, weather permitting each as both are out of state. Heh heh heh
She's been doing a lot of stuff toward the house refresher project, principally the keeshin, but also other rooms, in prep for a lot of activity. There are a whole lot of issues she's trying to, um, well, fix is too strong a word, but rather adjust in her keeshin, to improve a buncha problems. Trying to pull a bunch of elements into alignment on the cheap but sorta classy. Not an easy feat. Been working with a paint consultant, whom I met through shrimp. Getting some custom work designed and built. And a lotta thinkin' how to pull it all together, and pull it all off, and not pull my hair out..
On the shrimp front, DK made new juice a few weeks ago and it's been auto-pilot ever since, she barely remembers to get down there to feed 'em right now, every few days. She is pulling the tanks back into breeding after spending about 4-6 months doing magnesium studies.
Back to the vapor control project, tomorrow. Gotta run for today, now.
|12-05-2013 01:43 AM|
|wicca27||hey DK did you get busy with kitchen, shrimp, or the holidays? hehe or all the above? hope you had a good one and cant wait to read more|
|11-20-2013 04:07 PM|
DK Vapor Control Program VCP 01
So, here are the recipe ingredients:
|11-19-2013 07:15 PM|
So... back to actual shrimp stuff, while the keeshin project marinates.
DK discovered an entire series of posts she forgot to post, on her Vapor Control Program. She's a bonehead.
It all has to do with the dials.
|11-17-2013 03:15 AM|
|wicca27||looking good and kinda space like hehehe, is that the mother ship lol. but no it really looks nice and stream line im sure it works better than it looks also|
|11-16-2013 10:16 PM|
So, DK spent the day waiting for her damper. But when it arrived, she was up on the catwalk in the attic, doing a surgical removal of the in-line fan from Ol' Whitey.
Between standing on the catwalk and joists in her Dansko clogs (if she had hard soled hiking boots they would have been much more stable, but when standing on joists and the like she likes HARD soled shoes and Danskos are the only hard ones she has) removing, cutting, fitting, and replacing ductwork, she is tired.
But not too tired to nerd around, with the first try-out.
On HALF power, see what she did. The Stainless bowl (that is a 12 inch heavy walled stainless bowl) is fairly impressive on half-power fan, but the next...
Corningware French White full size glass pie plate.
Now, can YOUR range hood hold one of those up in the air?
Imagine what wide open ducting and full power could do with this monster.
This is with the ducting at the equivalent of 120 feet or more, due to bends (including six - SIX - nineties), length, two dampers, and a slew of size adapters (3x10 to 7 round, 7 round to 3x10, 3x10 to 6 round, 6 round to 8 round, 8 round to 6 round -- the attic run is 6 inch round which is undersized for this fan, expecially with the tortuous duct. So when she added the damper, she kicked it up to 8 inch so she could put in an 8 inch damper and not constrict the 6 round down to 4/5 round due to the damper). Yes, the duct run is a nightmare, but the hood still works! The top three speeds are off limits, though, bummer.
Oh, yeah, and this is BEFORE I've installed the damper for return air, so it's sucking against a tight, tight house right now.
P.S. - Don't mind the ugly backsplash area. Workin' on that. The range hood was just a diversion from the main project.
|11-15-2013 02:32 PM|
So, let's back up a bit, and get some perspective.
Working with shrimp systems has taught me this:
Whenever possible, do the proper engineering from a global perspective, throughout. Because whenever this is NOT the case, you end up with band-aids. Band-aids are like lies. Once you start with one, then you almost always end up making up a whole web of them to create a more coherent picture. This just snowballs in complexity your problems, and then their fixes.We see the setup. Ol' Whitey, a starter-level range hood. Very less than ideal ducting, with an inverted loop right off the bat. The reason for this is a pretty long story. Basically, when you get two twenty-something Geeks planning and building their own house, you end up with an UNBELIEVABLE number of unusual things put into the infrastructure that ends up taking up space in the walls, behind the scenes. Let's just keep it at that... This doesn't make that much difference with such a poor performance hood - the air is moving slowly with a low-end hood and air turbulence is proportionately less important at low velocities. What you can't see is that up in the attic, this weak hood and bummer ducting had some help with an in-line fan tied into the hood controls, so that when the hood was turned on, the attic in-line fan also turned on.
Other Geek complained of visibility problems with Ol' Whitey being in his face. Part of this was the actual height of Ol' Whitey, but another part was due to the fact that the central cabinet is a non-standard depth. It is a 15 inch deep cabinet when normal wall cabinets are 12 inches deep. This was done for architectural reasons in that cabinet grouping. The result was that to look OK the range hood had to be moved out another 3 inches to the front of the cabinet, placing it more into one's face. DK laughs, because Other Geek simply doesn't stand in front of the cooktop, that often, and when he does, it's to boil water. But Other Geek wanted a new range hood, so, well, DK picked one out, and the decision was made to get the hood out of Other Geek's face. This meant elevation of the range hood.
This meant elevation of the central cabinet, which meant removal of the central cabinet.
This meant that the ducting run was now accessible.
So DK took the opportunity to cut the run farther up the wall for the tie-in, to get rid of the inverted loop. Working with ducting is one of DK's least favorite things, because it's so easy to cut oneself, and when one's hands are in fish tanks a lot one doesn't want cuts on one's hands. But she digresses...
Also note that the first thing DK did was to not tempt Mr. Murphy. She looked around and found a piece of decking from an old 75 gallon tank stand and made a platform that fit over the glass cooktop. Access to the cabinet and range hood mounting space was ALL pretty much right where that glass cooktop was.
Three problems with this.
First, we could not stand on the cooktop, where we really needed to stand for ergonomics' sake when re-mounting things on that wall. Second, we ALSO could not stand to the right of the cooktop, on the counter, because there is no weight support under DK's trash cubby. Third, it was JUST GOING TO HAPPEN that we'd drop something big and heavy and break that cooktop, turning DK's three digit project easily into a four digit project: $$$ ---> $$$$.
The platform fixed these issues, vastly simplifying a lot of things.
The platform was a piece of global engineering, in this side-project.
|11-14-2013 07:00 PM|
DK was forewarned that she'd be a monster. And she is, all two teflon coated wind turbines and about 50 pounds of epoxy coated, SIXTEEN GAUGE, 430 stainless steel. The review said she's monstrously powerful, and a monster - a hellish monster - to install. They were absolutely right.
That there's a two liter bottle.
DK's more than a little bummed that she hasn't the proper duct run to do it justice. All that wasted capacity, due to her ducting woes. But just knowing the power is THERE... feels good.
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