Sunday, April 30, 2017

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Shop CleanUp and New Networked TV Screen

The welding bench has be cleaned.

A new addition to the Shop is a Large Flat Screen TV, it with will be used to watch Shop Youtube Videos, and Pandora to play background music.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rock Stacking

This is what happens with "Idle Hands" are not put to good use.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Fountain Controller

With encouragement from my friend, Larry - KB7KMO, I just ordered a Orange Pi for use as a Fountain Controller, it will be used to control relays which control water and air valves, which will operate the Pond Fountains.

The Orange Pi will be connected via WIFI and will normally receive X10/Insteon commands from the ISY House Programmable Controller. For special events, the Orange Pi will run its own programs to control the Fountains and Lights.

Orange Pi Lite

This should be a fun project.


Building Experimental Fountain Nozzles

We have been experimenting with Fountain Nozzles for the Pond.

Our latest uses a 4 inch diameter Collimator Chamber with a 3/8 inch output port (hole in PVC cap), the input is 1 inch threaded pipe.

The Collimator Chamber is full of "Coffee Stir Sticks". The stirrers are packed VERY tight.

The input is a 1 inch pipe with about 3 inches of rolled "Air Conditioner Filter" material.

Here is the Experimental Nozzle Setup, showing the current 4 inch Collimator and some other previous created nozzles.

This is the output of the 4 inch Collimator Some Nozzles and Collimator work better than others.

This Collimator is just an empty 18 inch section of 1.5 inch pipe.

This shows the two together.