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Old 05-27-2011, 03:36 PM   #316
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... DK, you're killin' me here! What happened to "simple" and "graphic"...hmm?

And now you have me thinking about those wacky floating mountains in Avatar. Terrible movie, but very pretty to look at... *dies*

You know, oddly enough, I'm working on a painting right now that involves a bunch of desert rocks floating in the sky with cacti and an iguana and a bunch of fish swimming around in the air. I thought I was the only one deranged to come up with such a notion, but I have clearly been outdone here. Behold my envy...

...okay, actually, I can't really come up with the effort to be envious before 2pm (my preferred wake-up time), but you get the gist.

Now what to do for this logo...
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:39 PM   #317
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IN OTHER NEWS:

Being the geek-o-dweeb that I yam, I decided this morning that it's time to push for optimization of the system, now that I have it dialed in. I'm doing a minor re-engineering of the system to match the spare parts of our household water treatment system, so if there is a problem, the spare parts will be the same between the two systems, since the two systems are based on the same basic hardware. This will entail changing some of the injection pump parameters and re-calibration of the injections, but should not be too difficult of a transition.

Yesterday, I plumbed in unions to the piping output of the sumps. This way, in a pinch, I can disconnect the sumps in minutes - to get into the sump pits or replace a dead sump pump with - what else - my spare I keep around.

I already have duplication of systems in this regard in that I run two sumps and two basins, but they are on opposite sides of the room so if I had to use one for all in an emergency it would be a bit hairy to re-route the water over to the alternate pit. Easier by far to have a spare pit and pump, and the ability to change them out in a moment.

I also finally solved an annoying slow seepage of water onto my floor that had puzzled me for months. I was getting a capillary effect of water back along my drain pipe and out the sump basin, down to the floor. This was possible due to the surface tension properties of water, and the very slight slope of my drain pipe. So I put in an elbow at the end of the line, and problem was solved. Whew, that was a head banger, for a long while.

I might have identified the issue sooner had I been able to see it sooner, but it was only yesterday that I was able to SEE it as I cut loose the sump pipes to install the unions, which enabled me to see the physics of the problem. I had to make a SECOND trip back to Lowes for the elbow, but at least it solved that annoying problem! I was all set to replace what I thought was a sump basin with a hairline crack when I realized what was happening, and so gratefully did not need to replace the sump basin.

Over this weekend, I will also plumb in unions on either side of my master valve, so in a pinch I can whip that baby out and clean it or replace it, without having to do actual plumbing.

"...we the people, in order to form a more perfect union..." - oh, wait, I digress. Squirrel-alert!

Who knew that years of playing Lego would come in so handy, eventually...
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:01 PM   #318
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... DK, you're killin' me here! What happened to "simple" and "graphic"...hmm?
Dat's why I need HELP!!! Simple is anathema to squirrel-brains!!!
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:16 PM   #319
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What are the sumps used for in your setup?
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:26 PM   #320
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My shrimps wish they were in your tanks.....
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:22 PM   #321
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Dat's why I need HELP!!! Simple is anathema to squirrel-brains!!!
Srsly DK. Rili.

Now I remember why I never ever do logo work. Slays me.

Was considering adding goggles, but simple and goggles just don't fit. I tried!
Edit: Ok, fine fine, it needed goggles. And angled text.
I just realized it's like your sig, without gravel. And the shrimp has more tattoos. Huh. Not as original as I thought

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Old 05-27-2011, 07:46 PM   #322
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What are the sumps used for in your setup?
They move out the removed water from my water changes. My basement doesn't have floor drains, unfortunately, so I have to use on-floor sump basins and sump pumps, tied into the main drain line of the house.

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Just finished reinforcing the mounting of the three new manifolds - they have been rather hanging in outer space and I wanted them bolted down securely in case one got bumped (like, as in, DK loses her balance and falls off a ladder, landing on the water factory...!!). I have nightmares of pieces of the Water Factory snapping off, with geysers of water shooting everywhere, filling the drain-less basement with water.... water level coming up to my eyeballs... gurgle... gurgle...

...squirrel-brains are haunting, sometimes...
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:10 PM   #323
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Stenner has recently changed (GASP!! CHANGE!!) the way they mount the pump tubes into the tube ends to a MUCH better design - used to be crimped in metal, but now they are fused into polymer. The metal crimping included some latex ring at the tube end that would dry rot over time and goop up the roller head casing where the tube ends are held, as you can see on my spare pump picture. Now, NO LATEX!! Great improvement. I have one spare set of the old type tubes on the left, and one of the newer on the right. If you look closely, you can see the metal crimp rings, but not the latex rings, on the left ones.
Stenners are the ultimate pump for us Lego types.
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Yes, I like the new tubes. The #2 tubes for a while were a pain, seemed like every other one they were not crimped on well, and yoink! And the lack of the latex goo is nice, sitting there with a knife cleaning. I like them new tubes a lot. Where you yank the flow meter?
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:16 PM   #324
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Where you yank the flow meter?
I need a translation on this question... into squirrel language.

Does "yank" mean mount? Buy? What does "yank" mean in squirrel??
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:41 PM   #325
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Aquire lol. it is a nifty idea.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:27 PM   #326
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Monday, while everyone else is grilling, DK will be sneaking off to the BORG to get the last and final thing for the DKMSJ system, and beta testing will begin Tuesday...
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:34 PM   #327
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Well, it turns out that DKMSJ is so magic that....


Rolf is pregnant!!!
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:36 PM   #328
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You could name shim Rolfisa.
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Rolf you party girl you....been out late huh?
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:07 AM   #330
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Well, it turns out that DKMSJ is so magic that....


Rolf is pregnant!!!
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I totally almost died when I saw that. Stop trying to kill me!!!

Good going, Rolf...ette?
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