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Old 11-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #231
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Progress..slow progress.. on the outside of the building. The new rain tanks have arrived. The space they are going is exactly 1/2" wider than the tanks, so I'm going to have to wrestle them in place and then go into my neighbors yard to reach through the fence plumb then up. Once we get a few days of dry weather, I'll get on it.



Meanwhile the deck construction is about to begin. That guy in the picture above is my contractor, calling in an order for materials for the deck, which will cover up the mud pit he is standing in. He and I will be working on the deck build together, though I'm getting to the point in this whole project where I'm ready to step back and let him just get it done.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:17 PM   #232
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Sub....wait for it...scribe-ing to this thread. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

 
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:45 PM   #233
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www.superbrightleds.com makes some quality LEDs you could use for the light strip on your tap. Amazing build! You have inspired (and crushed) every man to read this. We are all jealous of your progress and the potential, and understanding of your pain and sorrow.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #234
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After about 30 minutes of filling, waiting, and watching, the coils had a nice layer of frost, and the temp in the freezer had fallen from 40F (ambient temp in the garage was 51F for comparison) to -2F!

The coils, after recharging. Compare to the picture on the previous page.


Now, there is no guarantee that this will last. The refrigerant may leak out over the next few weeks and I'll be back to square one, having polluted the atmosphere. I talked to the guy I bought the fridge from however and he said he had no knowledge of it being recharged in the past. The last service record I could find for it was from 2003.. so there is a chance that the leak is so slow that this will last, and keep this massive thing out of the landfill for years to come.

I'll keep you posted. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
A small update here, it's been 2 weeks and so far there has been no perceptible change in the cooling capability of the freezer. I'll give it a couple more weeks to empty the kegs in there, then I'll pull off the back panel and do another frost pattern exam, but it looks like it'll hold up for a while. Problem solved? Perhaps, more like problem successfully mitigated..
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #235
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I've been slowing down, both in terms of getting work accomplished and taking pictures to document it. The last major effort in this project is now underway though, as the deck is starting to take shape


Meanwhile I've been occupying myself with beer and cider making, and thoroughly enjoying the garage. The brew stand is working great, though a few changes will be coming in the next few months, mainly automation related.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:13 AM   #236
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Looking awesome! Coming along really well.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:31 PM   #237
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Where do you live? I'm in colorado and am looking for ideas in my backyard, I was wondering what area and what soils you have to deal with for your concrete foundations

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:35 AM   #238
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I'm in Western Washington, schwibbidy. Sadly I don't think my experiences with my soil here will be of much help to you. When in doubt, bring in an engineer with experience in your area.

Best of luck with your build.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:31 PM   #239
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did you guys get hit with snow?? everything okay?
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:30 PM   #240
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No snow at my place, though there is snow all around the city this morning. I live about 1/4 mile from the water, so it has to be really cold to snow here.

Even so, all we have going on is the deck build and some landscaping, so no damage can be done from the snow. Thanks for asking though!
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