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Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Feb 15, 2012 - 04:45pm PT
That's cool Norwegian! I want to live in a life-size version.
BLD

climber
Feb 15, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Norwegian,

What a cool Dad you must be!

Very cool.....very cool indeed!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 15, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Damn, Weege, I hope you don't catch a dose of GCF - Gnome Cabin Fever.
It'll cause ya no end of problems.
rectorsquid

climber
Lake Tahoe
Feb 15, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
I've been working on a Windows program that lets you "draw" a mechanism and then animate it. It's an on again, off again, project as I figure out interesting things to add. It originally had rotating movements but I recently added linear actuator movement so that I could design and simulate things like a back-hoe.

Linkage designer with backhoe mechanism. This is what I've been "build...
Linkage designer with backhoe mechanism. This is what I've been "building."
Credit: rectorsquid

It's just software but the build process has taken hundreds of hours.

Video of the simulation:

http://youtu.be/riSNy71BnD0

Dave

P.S. For anyone who doesn't know about this stuff, I'm writing the program itself, not using someone else's program to draw stuff that you see within the window.

GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Feb 15, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
Rector- do you know about Crayon Physics?

Me - I just built a little crack machine in my garage. Nothing too exciting, a couple hour's worth of work and $5 worth of bolts.

GO
rectorsquid

climber
Lake Tahoe
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
Crayon Physics won't run properly on Windows 7 x64.

My program is not a game of any sort. It also doesn't have any physics at the moment so there is no way to design something like a pendulum. It is a good tool for designing a things like convertible car top mechanisms where multiple links cause stuff to move from one place to another in a complicated way.

Dave
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Weeg. . . you are SO out there. . . I love that thing. . . I wanna live in it!

:-)

oxoxo

eK@
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
Weeg-You have a building permit for them thar structures mate?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Weeg..........so cool!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 15, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Just got the purchase order today to rebuild these babies.


The three inlet gates are literally the shut off valves for LA.

They are 10 feet wide about 16 feet high with five inch diameter stems. The valve discs are north of 10,000 lb each.

We are making almost all new internal parts, including gear sets and sealing surfaces for the original gates installed and in continuous operation since 1929.


(not my photo)

This is gonna be an "expeditionary" job. Long, often painful. I'll let you know in a year or so how it went.

The white structure on the right also contains some pumping equipment we sold MWD several years ago to chlorinate the inlet and kill the Quagga mussels.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Feb 15, 2012 - 08:36pm PT
How about a quick and dirty conversion of a charcoal grill/smoker into a maple syrup evaporator? Remove the lid, bend up a collar to support the pans (steam trays from a restaurant supply place), add a chimney and then tend the fire for a good long while.

Without the pans, to show the structure:


With the pans:


All that's remaining of the ~40 gallons of sap I started with (currently ~3.5 gallons on its way down to 1 gallon):


How I collect the sap:
OR

Trad climber
Feb 15, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Adatesman, Nice setup. Good to see folks sugaring down in Philly. I grew up there and never thought it was possible. I live in Vt now and have all the sap I can tap but reducing on the wood stove gets old. I may copy your design!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Feb 15, 2012 - 09:34pm PT
Thanks! While wondering the other day on how to build a firebox to hold the trays on the cheap it occurred to me that the grill happened to be exactly as wide as the trays were long, so the mod was quick and easy. The tray closest to the chimney is more of a pre-heater than a boil pan since it doesn't get directly fired. Even so, I was getting 4 or 5 gallons boiled off per hour while needing to only tend a single heat source. Much better than last time, where I was only getting 2 or 3 per hour and was tending 2 propane turkey fryers and a cinder block fireplace.

-a.
Euroford

Trad climber
Louisville, CO
Feb 16, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
rear shackle mount.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 16, 2012 - 05:40pm PT
Forgive me, for I have n00bed...


Credit: Reilly



But at least I got my wife a Valentines Day bouquet...


Credit: Reilly
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 16, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
I had to nab the thousandth post on the most excellent, diverse, creative thread I've ever seen.

Hats off to everyone who makes things, thank you for sharing, and thanks to Survival for starting this rad thread.
Urizen

Ice climber
Berkeley, CA
Feb 16, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
1001 is cool, too; it's the same forwards or backwards.
Credit: Urizen
Euroford

Trad climber
Louisville, CO
Feb 17, 2012 - 04:15pm PT
yeah, this thread rocks. tons of peeps make some way cool stuff.

and hey look at that. i made a freekin willys jeep yj3a wrangler.



JJBrunner

climber
Simi Valley, CA
Feb 17, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
Anyone know anything about solar panel MOUNTING systems?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 17, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
TGT-looks like an interesting and challenging project. Bet you could create a revolution if you shut down the flow for 2-3 days.
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