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It's Open!!

Category: Aquaponics | Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:09 pm

Yesterday lost all my photos in my alzheimer suffering camera but early this morning I was rewarded with sky juice fresh from the sky.

Sky Juice ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
It had not rained for more than 2 weeks now so it is indeed pleasant to have it but it overstayed it's welcome and it is still drizzling now ...... almost midnight now. Anyway the timing couldn't be better because tomorrow I would need the water to test out if it is still leaking after redoing the leaking area yesterday evening.

Double Secure ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
This time instead of one cable tie, I used two - one at the base and another at the rim. This was done after the drum was cut.

It's Open ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
The design for the opening was changed after Jerry made some very important comments on my last posting. Thanks Jerry, I think the band in the center should be strong enough, if it is not I guess I'll have to reinforce it.

Inside View ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
The inside of the access hole is not flat so I am not able to sealed it with a gasket. The best way I know how is to silicone it. I did it for both the access holes practising better safe than sorry.

The silicone curing time is 24hours and since it had been raining and raining the whole day today, I decided to let it stand for another day before proceeding to do the leak test.

The drum is made in Germany and I guess it had to meet with some kind of standard in relation to the welded part of the top cover. Knowing that the drum is made in Germany gives me more confident that the top cover would stay in place. The tear at the access hole must be caused by over tightening of the screw cap. The O-ring for that cap is missing and I had to use excessive force to open it when I got it.

Keeping my fingers crossed for the moment of truth!!

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Jerry Sullivan wrote on Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:00 pm:

The openings look good KK. I hope your leak test goes well, i will keep my fingers crossed, good luck!!



Sjoerd wrote on Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:57 am:

It is looking very good, KK. Your work is very tidy.
I was wondering if you couldn't have used teflon tape to seal those screw cap threads...or were there no threads?

I guess that the rain was indeed welcome.

I am watching your project with great interest.


KK Ng wrote on Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:24 pm:

Thanks Jerry, it did!

Thanks Sojerd, I would kick myself if I can for not thinking of the teflon tape and I just used it to repair the plumbing in my mum's place ........ arrrggghhhh!!! Guess it is too late now!

The timing fir the rain is excellent!!

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