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Testing...Testing... @Kylevdm , our gracious fearless leader, and head of the Munkey Party, has offered me a place to host my pics. You might have noticed project logs all over going black thanks to Photobucket, who decided to take everyone's work hostage unless they pay for their premium package. For the time being I've set up my sleeping bag between his couch and the record cabinet. I'll be slowly rebuilding my logs, but for now, I need to get something up, right?

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-IT WORKED..*cough* I mean, Here's one of those classy ghetto clamping jobs I'm famous for. I have a piston rod slipped over the vice screw, and it's wedged with a block of wood.

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-Needless to say, it slipped a little in the mill, but a little filling and filing will fix that. Now I need to make a pcb for this. -oooh. ow.

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-One more odd thing going on the case: This was once a sink drain. Here I'm epoxying the gaps between flat-brass-thing and round-tank-thing.

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-In preparation for making a pcb, I've been shopping and surfin'. I've picked up a bunch of electronic components, some blank pcb board, and these microscopic buggers. I'm not sure how I'm going to zero something in the mill I can't see. I'd love to know how they cut flutes into a sewing needle.

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-On a side note: I've finally found some accent material for my next project. (Yeah, like I'm going to get time to finish THIS project.) I picked this up from acrilex.com, and it wasn't cheap. Hey, I'd much rather spend my cash on this than spend $400 to have someone host a lousy 130 megs of pictures. 

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-This stuff opens up a lot of possibilities. It reacts to light and background colors very differently. Most standard plexi colors dominate whatever you put it over. 

Unfortunately, I'm back on the clock. -New house with many problems. Unfortunately, I have project log repair to do as well.

Oh, and I gotta find my sponsor banners somewhere in 3600 pictures. Thanks for looking. 

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Hey, I'd much rather spend my cash on this than spend $400 to have someone host a lousy 130 megs of pictures

LOL I agree with that!

 

Looks like fun, glad to see you're back up and running

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I had to dig down DEEP to find this worklog! BOY am i glad i did :D

I had no idea you have been making amazing mods like this...... it's 100's mods within a mod :wub: I'm keen to see all your log now pls mate can you send me a direct  when your set up.

Not sure what the policy on bumping older logs... but this is sticky worthy! 

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Oops! a bump!

Thanks! :D I'm pretty sure I've seen your name around my logs. -A sticky in my own subforum. :lol: ...Maybe sticky Kyle's project..Hmm...

Essentially, If you see me here, it means I'm eating. I haven't had free time to do anything for months.

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Hi... remember me? Me neither! 

I thought I should try to get something up before the one-year mark hit again. It's been a constant combo of perfectly timed vacancies and natural disasters. The problem is I only have time to do little bits. I'm at a spot where to move forward, I have to tear the main assembly down. That's something that would require a lot of time, and there's no telling when I would be able to put it back together, or even if I would remember HOW. 

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-One thing I did was grind some more vents in the tank.

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-I decided something I could do was distraction  , er... another experimental/proof of concept reservoir. You know, something that can be done a few minutes a day for a month. -Enter this scented candle jar.

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-It has this nice lip on it that could easily seat an O-ring. Since it's glass, silicone would work great too, I just need a cap I could port. The red thing is a sanding disc made from 180 grit wet/dry sandpaper, and some soft plastic. 

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-I made the sanding disc to get rid of the unwanted bumpy stuff on the jar. I sunk this in a tub of water, and ground this down with a dremel extension wand. Respirator and goggles were used, since breathing broken glass dust sounded like a bad idea. The submersion took care of dust well, but there was definitely splashes of glassy water.

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-The plastic disc worked for a while, but it wasn't strong enough. Something like a lacquered bit of leather would have worked better for a backer. This was working too, but I got in a hurry and used a grinding wheel instead. That made little divots and gouges in the glass I could never clean up. The plan was to sand this down and polish it, but as an experiment I've done enough. 

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-Here's a cheapo alternate that would work: Mate the jar in PVC with a ton of silicone glue. Glue on the lip, (or twist-top threads,) would keep it from popping apart under pressure.  

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-This is the test fit I did on the part right after milling. 

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-Here it is silicone glued to the cap with retaining clamps in place. I added a little glue to the clamps for a better hold. If I wasn't in slob-mode, I could clean the excess glue off with mineral spirits.

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-There you go! A simple ghetto-reservoir ready for a plastic brain with wires sticking out of it. Your favorite alcohol bottle, or one of Mom's vases is calling kids!

I guess I could make something like this on the outside of the turnip, space allowing.

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-One last bit off the dusty camera: The holiday gag-gift. I had a list of albums I was having trouble finding. Here's one I got ...zipped to floppy. ...5 1/4" floppy...

Thanks again to my very patient sponsors.

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lol interesting way to get an album

 

Cool to see progress, almost inspires me to mod something again 😛

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Ha, I know exactly what you mean.  I've got quite a few ideas I'd love to do for scratch builds, and 4 mods I wanted to do with cases I have 😞 

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Last update: June, wow.. yeah. It wasn't even for this rig.

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-Speaking of that, I think the lip clamping was redundant. With the rough surface of the glass and plastic, the plexi was almost impossible to remove. 

NOW. back to the rig.

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-Remember that I made big plans to solder a double usb3.0 hub into here? Yeah, F that too. It turns out that .5 mm mill bits are TOO BIG to make the traces with, also I really don't have the free time. I bought a compromise part. It's a little clunky, though.

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-Better!

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-I had a similar problem running the other end through the bat handle. I had to sand the USB logos off to get the plug to fit.

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-Here I ground out a pass-through in the mounting bracket, and splattered a little glue around.

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-Well, that's nice and blurry. Here we have sawed off one end of a Moen sink cartridge. +1 to the scrap tally list. I needed something to cover naked female USB parts sticking out. I somehow made that sound more exciting than it really is... The tape marks where I need to dremel.

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-Pow. No progress pics, just done. I'll need to dab some silver paint over that epoxy eventually.

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-Meanwhile, I needed something I could do to the core during brief moments of free time. Shortening the wires seemed good. Here I've drastically shortened the SATA daisy-chain.  The pump also lost it's big-ass SATA plug.

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-I removed one of the motherboard 4 pin plugs, and replaced 2 of those wires with a pump connector.

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-Redundant picture? Sure, why not? The 'work in small doses' thing bit me in the backside on a few occasions...

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-One victim was the GPU cable. Mark with latex paint and colored markers one day... Decide on doing the cut differently and mark again... Come back another day, forget the plan, and cut in the wrong place... 

Then the pin remover decides to not work anymore. I got one pin free finally, but it was so unexpected and violent that the pin remover took a dive, -and you know the damned things only land point-down. 

Anyway, I opted to solder, and one wire there gave me some trouble there too. Yeah, it's ugly.

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-So the problem wire caused me to pre-shrink two of the heat shrink bits. I couldn't replace them since my pin remover was broke, so you get a slathering of liquid electrical tape. :P It may be ugly, but it's stuffed in a spot where no one will ever see it.

I just hope it fits...:terror:

Thanks again to my very patient sponsors.

 

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I swear every cheaps log is a testament to the ingenuity and tenacity of modders.

Possibly the only things where a fitting description would fit "ghetto" and "classic" into the same sentence! 

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I have jack all finished, but I felt a need to update during the quiet.

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-Remember this half-piston head? Me neither. I wonder where the rest of it went. I hacked it down the middle here-

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-Because I found a good spot for an access panel. The original fuzzy plan was to connect case wiring to the system via long cables and hope they didn't jam up sliding the core module in. THAT PLAN WAS CRAP. What do you expect from vague fuzzy planning? With a big hole in the front I can hook up all the LED wires after the core is installed. I should probably remind myself to make it removable from the outside... Velcro? 

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-Here it is post sanding an epoxying. 

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-After some more hacking to make it sit lower, I noticed it doesn't exactly cover my planned hole. Hmm... Now you know why I'm wondering where the rest of that piston head is.

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-Don't think I haven't noticed this thing is getting front-heavy. 

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-Anyone here still keeping a parts list? I've been eyeing these for a while: Minivan luggage rack extrusions. They came off as soon as it was discovered they whistle above 50 mph. They scream even louder in the chop saw.

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-Mix up some epoxy and mash 'em in to it. The brass pipe came from trimming a towel rack. 

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-Dry, sand, and BOOM! Fancy enamel end-caps. Did you notice these look like fins? I have to remove the anodizing later to match the grimy metal color scheme.

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-One more random part: This is part of an abandoned meat grinder. It came with a backyard pot full of boiled deer skulls and a gruesome spot in the floor of the storage shed. I'm guessing the lure of 'free duuhr meet' died as soon as they found out cleaning the deer was actual work. Something the size of a dog isn't much of a bountiful harvest either...

ANYway, I marked this up for cutting.

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-And did some dremeling with a bit of coping saw work around the tube area.

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-Yay! I finally got rid of that awkward spot in front if the fan grill.

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-I did some 'fit, mark, grind, repeat' until it was fairly flush.

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-Around this time I noticed the outside was lacking in brass accents. To make matters worse, my choices are getting slim. I'm pretty sure I can't add that bottle opener. The copper pipe is usable, though. 

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-Intermission- The drive in the Ion Cube started acting up, so I had to swap that out. The problem is the drive smack in the middle of the system. Someone remind me not to design like that again. :lol: 

Thanks for your patience, sponsors and viewers alike.

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