Hey colin, how thick is the glass on your domed Fresnel? Had you thought of making the dome part of the actual "hat" portion of the lamp housing? In other words have a brim go around the dome part making it look like the hat.
Hey colin, how thick is the glass on your domed Fresnel? Had you thought of making the dome part of the actual "hat" portion of the lamp housing?
It's fairly heavy glass, at least 1/4" think (don't have it infront of me). As I mentioned in a previous post, I'd be concerned about it cracking in the cold if I didn't do something to vent the heat.
Maybe if you drilled carefully drilled some vent-holes around the uppermost part of the lens, then the heat generated could escape. Plus I'm presuming the lamp will flass on and off?
Drilling holes was one of my thoughts. If I got a diamond bit for my dremel tool this might be possible - but now I've got a fresnel where I won't have to do this. Ideally I'd want it flashing on and off but I don't know electronics, so I don't know how long it will take me to make a flashing circuit.
Sorvan my son Please DON'T CUT the glass whatever !!! I know I'm right. The new one looks brilliant anyway
Why do I hear the voice of James Earl Jones in my head when you write "Sorvan my son"... anyway, I'm not going to cut the glass - that's why I got a new one, so I wouldn't have to cut.
I'm sure I spent less money on my two fresnel lenses than I'm sure some of you spent on one (around $60, shipped), so I don't feel like I've wasted anything.
Ideally I'd want it flashing on and off but I don't know electronics, so I don't know how long it will take me to make a flashing circuit.
Colin, Depending on how your running electric to your box, it may be as simple as putting a flasher plug unit or flasher disc into the lamp socket. They are about $2-3.00 US. The blink on and off rhythmically. I used to manage a True Value and ServiStar Hardware for about 10 years. We used to sell both units. It would take you literally seconds to use. The harder part maybe just getting some 14-2 or 12-2 with ground UB underground Romex and tunnel it thru a conduit for electric. You'll need to tap into your current service, if you have breakers it's very easy to do! I'd run a dedicated line personally. I want to preface that I don't know the local codes in Canada. Each city, township, province has it's own set of rules/codes with specifics.
I myself, would run the power to your box, then split or partner off from there to what your going to power up on your build. I'll surf around to see if they still make the flashing lamp socket insert disc and/or the plug in flasher that you can just plug onto the end of your extension cord.
The harder part maybe just getting some 14-2 or 12-2 with ground UB underground Romex and tunnel it thru a conduit for electric...
That's the part I know how to do. What I'm planning to have is instead of a phone behind the phone door, I'll have electrical plugs - where I can plug my car in during the winter. I haven't run into flasher units before, so hadn't thought that there was a ready-made solution.
Post by chriskingbees on Jun 16, 2006 12:40:05 GMT 1
Hi Son Bit personal but here goes, I was very close to my father until I lost him in '96, so much so that I used to call HIM son. Since then this has become a habit with me as an address for friends, colleagues and so on and is my real term of endearment if you like. Having said that the Darth Vader reference is much cooler. On that subject I was at Memorabilia trade fair in may and was being cuddled and canoodled by Ingrid Pitt (Lovely lady) when we were barged by the storm-troopers and Darth.This put up the rankles and I found myself nose to visor with him (I'm 6ft 5) and said something like "Oi pal, you don't push Ingid about, got it?!!!". A great moment and lots of laughs Many thanks KB
Or are you still smashing things in your basement?
My basement is completely smashed!
The concrete was smashed up, we dug down a foot and carried all the dirt outside, we replaced all the sewer pipes, we put down weeping tile, and we're in the process of putting in 4" of gravel to get ready for the pouring of my cement floor which is happening on Monday. In other words, all the really hard stuff is done!!! ;D Yesterday we had a guy come to haul away the huge mound of dirt that we took out of the basement. Two truckloads later, I found that I have a back yard again!
After the floor is poured, we have to put studs on the walls, put in insulation + vapour barrier, upgrade the electrical panel, get a new furnace, air conditioner and water tank, and move stuff back downstairs.
After all that's done I can start getting back to my box.
Several weeks ago we started digging... and digging... and digging. Luckily we got a good deal on buckets - we ended up breaking a few of them before the job was done (handles ripped out).
In the process of digging, we discovered that one of my cast iron sewer pipes was broken, so I spent 4 hours that night working on my temporary fix.
Yes, that icky looking stuff underneath the pipe was in fact icky stuff.
After more digging, we got a plumber in to completely replace all my sewer pipes, and rough in for a bathroom.
The flexible white pipe is the "weeping tile" which got put around the inside walls - to catch excess water and direct it to my sump pit.
Eventually the day came that the digging was done ;D, and we started bringing in the gravel.
In addition to the gravel, we also put some Delta MS around the wall so that should any water run down the wall, it'll run into the gravel underneath the concrete and make it's way into the weeping tile.
After all the gravel was in, we leveled it out, and covered it with plastic to be ready for the concrete guys.
Yes, my stairs and hot water tank are hanging from the ceiling.
Here's a picture of the giant mound of dirt/concrete/sewer pipes getting removed from my backyard.
This is almost half-way through the job, they filled the truck twice and still had a bit left over.
The concrete guys were supposed to come on Monday, but it turns out they were available this morning, so I have a floor now. I just have to wait for it to set so we can do stuff in the basement (like put up walls, install a furnace, etc).
Colin, Quite the project you got going on for sure! You're now the forum mason - lol. Nice wooden gravel shoot! The job looks like it's really coming a long. The last pics really show a well prepped gravel floor ready for some concrete. I give you credit, most people wouldn't tackle such a job and you are doing so well and making nice progress.
So I've had a few people ask me how the basement is going (which I need to get done before getting back to my box), and the answer is unfortunately: pretty slowly.
The floor was poured some time ago, new stairs were put in, a new furnace, air conditioner and water tank were installed. Now I just have to put in the rest of the studs and insulation..
(as you can see, I still haven't gotten the plumber in to finish off the floor drains)
One of the things that's kept me from building walls recently, is making arrows. I'm into archery and was down to 5 unbroken arrows from the two dozen I make last year in January, so I needed to make more.
I did spend a bit of time to make them distinctive.
Some people think I'm crazy making them brown and green (aka dirt and grass colours)... I just say this encourages me not to miss the target when we're outside.
Exactly. I don't have a garage, and as I'm in the middle of town I can't exactly leave tools lying around outside (at least if I want to see them again). Once the basement is finished, I can bring all my stuff back from my mother-in-law's house and start working on my box again.
One year ago today I started working on my box, and so it seems fitting that today I should start working on my box again after such a prolonged absence. Yes, my basement is basically finished.
I went out yesterday to buy some lumber, and then bought more lumber today when I decided I wanted 2x8s instead of 2x6s. I was planning to start working on the "sign boxes", but the wood I picked up today was too damp so I decided to glue my window pieces together instead.
My basement is really dry (which it never was before I replaced the floor) and I've got a fan going, so I think that I should be able to work with the wood on Tuesday or Wednesday. Hopefully it'll stay straight.
Post by armadillozenith on Nov 7, 2006 16:22:45 GMT 1
Excellent basement Sorvan! What a lot of work... it's encouraging to see though, because we can then think "Hey, if he can do all that, I've got FAR less on my plate so NO excuse for not getting on with MY 'build'!"
Basements are great... a certain ambience all their own (preferably DRY). My workshop by contrast is my ATTIC... a biggish attic to be sure, but stuffed to the gunwales with all sorts of gear. Much salvaged TARDISsy tech stuff and oddments, timber, things-in-progress... I just recently cleared a workbench and tabletop for console parts (see my reply#4, here: tardisboard.proboards43.com/index.cgi?board=console&action=display&thread=1160484895).
So, getting on with that Who-stuff is now really a useful motivation to tidy up!
Best wishes, great pics, thanks for the spur! Graham
The basement itself had extra motivation going for it. It NEEDED to be done before it got too cold outside. I was replacing two windows, and they had to be installed before it got too cold for the caulk to cure. I also understand that the two most important places to be insulated are the attic and basement - and didn't want to be wasting money when I had to start heating the house.
As far as my box goes, one of the big motivations for working besides having a completed Police Box in my backyard, is the interaction with people here. I feel as if we're telling stories about a portion of our lives rather than just giving dry project updates. I enjoy it when these interactive stories keep progressing (at whatever pace they take), and wish that there wouldn't be interruptions (halted builds - you know who you are). In my own build-story I was forced to stop, and feel a little bad for any suspense that might be caused wondering what I'll do next. Ok, maybe I'm strange, but I seriously feel this way about other people's builds. I also love reading what other people think about my journey, but to get people to respond I need to post - and need to build so I have something to post about (usually).
So, getting back to my story...
I actually did cut some of that wood after my post on Sunday. Later in the evening I went downstairs and saw that the lumber was already dry - it was just wet on the surface and my super-dry basement coupled with the fan just sucked the moisture off. I thought about taking a picture of what I did but figured that no one would have a clue what I was doing without diagrams - so I'll wait until I have a few more pieces.
I'm hoping that I'll be able to work on it some more tonight - yesterday evening was comprised of watching Torchwood (thanks to an Internet download) and going to archery. It looks like the snow might melt tomorrow giving me the opportunity to rake the leaves that I should have raked before the first snowfall - so I might not have as much free time then as I would like.
Today I spent pretty much the whole evening in the basement making sawdust. I think I've done most of the cutting needed to get the "sign boxes" put together, so I tried a little dry-fitting.
This gives a rough idea of where I'm going. Here's the side view:
Like the rest of my roof, the sign boxes will be sloped on the top.
If you think these sign boxes are a little deep, you're absolutely right! The fact is that I'm not planning to have sign boxes which fit into the walls (which seems to be the norm), but rather having a "ring beam" incorporating the sign boxes. If you don't know what I'm talking about, Look at the images in Spica's post in "The Original You Might Say" (specifically the M2a in the second image). Mine won't be exactly as pictured, but I'm aiming for something close.
I haven't figured out exactly how I'm going to attach the pieces together yet (to obtain the strongest possible ring), but I'm sure I'll come up with something in the next few days. I've still got a few more things to cut, and a bit of cleaning up to do, so it's not a real urgent problem.
Glad to see your back to your build again. I know for myself, I thought I would get my build done in a month or two, but life has a way of getting in the way... I started my build April 29, 2006. I am only 2/3rd's complete. I still have to build windows, sign boxes and the roof. I moved my build to my basement. The winter has come a bit early in my neck of the woods. 8" of snow last week... Well, I just wanted to say glad to see you back up and running with your build! The basement looks great too!
And I’m really impressed that you are going for the legendary ring beam!!!!! (although I’m still not exactly sure what it is )
I've cut the bottom pieces of the "sign boxes" and placed them on the floor to show how they'll be attached together. This will form the bottom of the ring that will sit on top of the posts, and support the roof.
I spent most of the evening in the basement, but most of it was fiddly work. Setting up my mitre saw to 45° to chop off the corners of the bottom pieces, took far too long (as usual). The 5° angle on the bottom piece was a bit rough so I ran it through the saw again. For the back little block I decided that I wanted the grain of the wood to run in a different direction than they were in the 16 I had already cut.. so I cut another 16.
(old one on the left, new one on the right) On the plus side, these ones fit better than the old ones.
Snow outside? Can we see a picture?
While we got about a foot (30cm) of snow last week, it's melted already. There'll be more soon.
I thought I would get my build done in a month or two, but life has a way of getting in the way
I thought the same thing. I was a little surprised when I saw that people were taking over a year to finish their builds! How little did I know.
I've no idea how you have the patience to get all those non right angled pieces of wood to fit together so well Sorvan but well done, it's obviously worth the effort in the end. I like the way you will have a ringbeam wooden design, that is a novel feature. Good to see you back in your workshop again!
Yesterday I went to the premiere for the first two episodes of a locally made amateur SF film project called The Dark which was pretty good but did keep me from the basement. Today I did get down there, but for as much time I spent, there's really not much to show.
I decided that when I attach the bottom pieces of the sign boxes together, I'm going to pin them with dowels which should increase the strength of the joint by quite a bit. Since I'd need to drill the holes quite accurately, I thought I'd make a jig with some bushings to direct the drill bit to the right spot, like this:
(image from leevalley.com)
My first go at making one of these was unsuccessful as I didn't get the holes quite straight. I do have a pseudo-drill press which uses a hand drill so I dug that out and set it up - which took quite a while to get everything level and moving in a straight line, but as I've got three hand drills I'll just keep one attached.
My second go was a bit better, and I could easily drill the two holes with the jig...
but it appears that one hole is slightly higher than the other.
I think what I'll do tomorrow is just make a jig to drill one hole at a time.
About the only thing I did tonight that I'm really happy with is the new user pic I made. It's a little piece from "The Big Snit" (click on the link and you can watch the film).
So here's the single hole jig I made this morning:
I look through the saw slit and try to match up the line on the board I want to drill, with the line on the plywood part of the jig.
I clamp it down, drill the hole, and repeat the process for the rest of the marks I made. The drill bit has a piece of masking tape on it so I drill just over 1" into the wood as I have 2" long dowels.
I didn't manage to line up the wood perfectly, but it's pretty good and there's no twisting like there was when I tried a jig to drill both holes at once.
I've been spending the last few days cutting little pieces of wood and gluing them together. I'm getting a little sick of these fiddly little pieces, but it's taking shape.
I had thought about cutting pieces of wood in complicated shapes, but eventually decided to just have a greater number of simpler pieces.
You can see that some of the pieces don't fit together perfect, but I decided that they'd be good enough since I'd be texturing this afterwards.
I think I should be able to fit the tops on tomorrow (maybe then it'll actually look like something).
In completely unrelated news, I'm an archer and one of my recent goals is to shoot faster. There's a mail-in competition that happens all winter which has a speed component and yesterday was the first time I shot it this year. I felt as if I fumbled every arrow but at the end of 30 seconds, I'd shot 8 arrows (which was the most I'd shot in last years season). I'm looking forward to see what I can do if I don't fumble. ;D