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Offline six-point socket II

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Thanks @rst

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So today I had a rather interesting little "problem".

I had to replace a TV that sits in a cabinet, built from oak by a carpenter/joiner in the 70's. So with the new TV having significantly less of a frame and being much lower than the old one it was supposed to sit higher in the cabinet.

I still had the old shelf that divided the space back when it was used as a cabinet for a Revox tape, record player, amplifier and tuner (That's what the cabinet was originally made to measure for)

I put in the shelf, of course it was a little to high to accommodate the TV  - I needed to get it down by 6 cm - but then the shelf would sit on the hinges which doesn't work obviously.

I decided to to make a cut out for the hinges on each side of the shelf and lower it as much as needed.

Now comes the part that explains perfectly what I meant when I posted in the "Does holding a Festool make you feel better?" ( http://festoolownersgroup.com/fun-games-diversions/does-holding-a-festool-make-you-feel-better/ )


(...)

The complete "Festool experience" makes me feel better and somehow gives me more confidence to do stuff I haven't done before.

(...)

Last but definitely not least, the results I can achieve with Festool tools and the fact that I try for my results to meet the quality of the tools - which simply makes me work more accurate, but also, as already mentioned, makes me dare more and go further one step at a time.

(...)

This cabinet is of unbelievable great value to me, one of the reasons I even kept that shelf that was not needed for years. It's not about money.

Now this is a simple modification for most here and of course the professionals around us and might probably not even seem noteworthy to most, but I would have never thought I'd use my tools on this cabinet one day. But my experience with my Festool tools gave me the confidence I needed to do this.

Bracket in original position


New holes marked


Bracket in new position


Making the cut outs for the hinges on the shelf. What I didn't take a picture of is my clamped down level that I used to guide the Carvex. This worked out perfect. Of course I used my trusty CTL-SYS with the Carvex.


Here you can see the difference in cut quality. The cut out made with Carvex and the original, completely untouched cut above it.


Finished for now.


I'm currently thinking if I should maybe round of the edges of the cut out to match the front side of the shelf, but I'm undecided.

Tomorrow I'll use some wax/polish to get off some residue from my Pica pencil's red wax lead.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Some pictures from yesterday.

Long (boring and up to ridiculous) story short: No matter how many CAT cables your network infrastructure has, you always need one more. ...

I started by drilling the 68mm hole for the flush box. (I decided against the 82mm hole for a junction type flush box because the cable will just pass through, and beside the cable I will just store the left over part from a nylon rope to pull another cable through the conduit.)



Then I drilled through the wall for the conduit to pass through.



small Festool stack (CTL-SYS and SYS-PH on SYS-CART) on the roof. I needed to widen the first couple of centimeters of my 16mm hole to 18mm.




After I had prepared everything on the 1st floor, I went down to the basement to beginn the conduit install and pull the cable.







To be continued. ... :)

Kind regards,
Oliver

Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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Also from yesterday.

First fitting of the conduit on 1st floor, outside.


Working my way up from here (basement).


This is where the flush box will be. CAT cable and pull rope are now on 1st floor, inside.


Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline neilc

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CAT?  I assume these are like CAT-5 or CAT-6 8 conductor network cables, right?  I wired my house for CAT-5e about 20 years ago but so much stuff is wireless now!

That Hilti looks like a beast of a drill!  Looks like the core you drilled was only about 2.5 inches thick or so.  Is than an interior wall?  Can't tell from the photos -

Really enjoy your updates and tool selection!

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi Neil,

Thank you very much!

Yes, CAT-5e. The house is CAT-5e wired, but as with everything - sometimes you need just one more (direct/straight) line than you have/ can somehow connect. ;)

You're correct about the core's diameter, it's in fact 68mm.

The Hilti is awesome. I bought this on purpose because, to the best of my knowledge, this T2 - M was the last Model to feature: Hammer drilling, drilling in 1st gear, hammer drilling precision mode (reduced number of blows), drilling in 2nd gear. So it has 4 "gears" - the only thing it's understandably missing is a hammer only mode. But I have others for that...


Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi.

Drilling multiple (combinations of) outlets/switches made easy with the Kaiser drilling template. ( http://www.kaiser-elektro.de/catalogue/catalogue.do?oid=D7BE24A7EA4EA9D19E0F727991BAF14F&act=showIO&forward=showProduct&lang=en )

Drill first pilot hole, place pin of drilling template into that hole, adjust and drill next pilot hole. (71 mm standard combinations, 91mm off-set combinations)



Drill, drill, drill ... ;)





Perfect & ready to plaster.



Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Hi Oliver,

Nice jig!
I just got myself the Stabila Electric Type 70 level. It also features neat drilling guides for outlets in the standard distances and I was missing a longer level for general stuff.

But I definitely will have a look for the Kaiser, die to the compactness. :)

Oh. And I got some wood glue, too. Since it was on clearance...


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BTW: how do you like the Bosch drill-dust-collection? Seems to cover the complete range of sizes one would drill... [emoji15]

Might be a good addition to the Festool one.
Any thoughts on comparison, besides the possible drill size?

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Neat stuff!

A word of advise on the Stabila Type 70 electric: It's not meant to drill through/guide the drill bit. The Kaiser drill template has hardened bushings that are meant to guide the 6mm drill bit. On the Stabila electric, the holes are far to large to be a guide and are only meant for marking with a pencil. (See the no drilling icon)


Screenprint from stabila.com - (c) Stabila.

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Well the Bosch Professional GDE 68 is one of those accessories you need to try to actually "believe the magic". It's simply amazing and as great in collecting dust as the Festool one. I use both side by side. The Festool 500483 drill dust collecting nozzle for anything up to 12mm and the GDE 68 for anything larger. Of course the GDE works best wenn the drill bit is large enough to hit the bristles, but spillage is minimal even if it dosen't. And the Festool, if you have it, you know how great it is, especially while working over head it's a game changer. Just as the GDE when drilling those 68mm holes... Also it's larger brother the GDE 162 is worth every penny if you plan on drilling diameters larger than 68mm.

Both have the two-chamber system, so even if the "drilling chamber" takes in additional air from a gap they will still stick to the wall.

They have limitations: Clinker for example is a no-go.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Yes, I know that the level is not meant as a drill guide. I don’t mind, since I mainly bought it as a normal level with the „added benefit“ of being able to quickly put down markings for outlets...

But the Kaiser jig looks like a handy little thing, especially for those occasions, where you do not know what needs to be done on site, or while helping people move etc...

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Then its all as good as it gets. :)

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Today was all about plastering...  [big grin]

Had a couple of these... Being busy anyway I took the opportunity to do this room once and for all. Now trying to source a new plumber to exchange the radiator/ heating element - as I don't have the means to temporary freeze part of the pipes to do this while the rest of the system is still running - and I don't feel like emptying the whole system, otherwise I'd do it myself.







Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Hey Oliver, aren’t those Ridgid style pipe freezing machines available for renting?

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

They are, I looked for one. ;)  But sadly not locally and that "kills" it for me, to much of a hassle.

Kind regards,
Oliver

Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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Let's continue the fun, shall we?  [eek] [scared] [blink] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

First I "MacGyver-ed" a temporary outlet for the currently still needed phone/dsl copper wire that is going to disappear soon. Then the wire will go in the flush box and a neat lid cover it.







Then more plaster work. Fine tuning around the flush boxes.







In between two pictures of the finished conduit on the outside.





Day-dreaming for a minute.



Installing switches and outlets.







Oh, and I just love this thing!



To be continued. ...

Kind regards,
Oliver

Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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Another day, another conduit. This time for an outlet that will supply power to the hardware needed for the switch of regular phone, internet and TV to fiber optic.

Didn't get done much else except for phoning plumbers for the radiator/ heating element I want replaced. If I get lucky this get's done on Friday. I also went to the hardware store to return some unused consumables.





To be continued. ...

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Mario Turcot

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Nice and clean work  [smile]

Thanks for sharing!
Mario

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Thank you very much, Mario!

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Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Hi,

Just in case you ever wondered what a German distribution/ circuit breaker panel/ box looks like /can look like.





Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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There won't be any updates in the coming days, my new plumber called: he's sick. So no installation on Friday. But with some luck, todays appointment will be on Friday and installation sometime next week.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Jimdude

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Hi there,

I love your thread and the work you do, but I might have a remark about the following:



Due to the angle of the picture, it is a bit hard to tell, but it looks as if that conduit runs downwards into the wall. If so, that could potentially lead to leaks. Connections like these really should always use 'droop loops' as wel call them, i.e. run the conduit a tad below the hole, then curl it upwards again. Rainwater will now fall from the low spot, and not creep into your wall.

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi Jim,

Thank you very much!

That is great advice, I hadn't thought of that possibility. Easily fixed, I will re-assemble that part and create a drop-loop!

Thanks again! :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
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Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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I love totally unexpected failures of electrical components!

So I was getting ready to do the dishes, cranked up the hot water tab and filled the sink. When I checked, it was cold. So I tried again, still cold. Went downstairs, fumbled with the flow heaters setting, still nothing.

Then I got my Fluke out to check and find that one of two conductors is without power/voltage. I check some more stuff and find that the load shedding relay and the contactor are also partly without power/voltage ...

Sorry no pictures for now - I thought and hoped this would be a real quickie. ...

That's when I called my electrician. Only got the lady on the phone who runs his office, he was supposed to call me back, still waiting. A couple of hours in, waiting for his call, I called the manufacturer of the contactor and got me some first hand information on the parts.

So let's see what happens tomorrow.

At least those of you who read this thread will benefit, there will be - hopefully interesting - pictures of the repair sometime soon. :)

And while this isn't repaired, I'll boil water on the stove to do the dishes. Love oldschool.  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Kind regards,
Oliver
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Oliver

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Hi Oliver,

Best of luck! Hope it is only the water that stays cold for now. Could be worse. :)

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It is with great sadness that I announce the premature passing of :hager contactor ESC 440S which paid the ultimate price today after literally lifelong bravery even though it was facing excessive misuse.

Nevertheless it ensured that no one showering in this house would be met with a stream of cold water should someone have turned on another flow heater and I deeply thank you for that.

The truth is, it never stood a chance. Made with great care by the fine people of :hager your estimated lifetime was 60.000 switching cycles and if it had been installed correctly it would have lived happily for decades.

Being installed incorrectly it cycled for as long as someone kept a hot water tap open and did so for almost 6 years which is remarkable under the given circumstances.

Thank you my dear :hager ESC 440S - you will never be forgotten and one of your brothers/sisters now, correctly installed, performs in your spot and for rememberance of your heroic acts.

The person responsible for wrong installation will be dealt with accordingly. :P ;) ;) ;)

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(I better write a disclaimer in todays world: This post is meant funny/ as a joke. …)

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Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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The person responsible for wrong installation will be dealt with accordingly. :P ;) ;)

What a shame!
Joe do they say? „Switch fast, die young..“?

Hopefully no need for self-inflicted punishment? [emoji6]

Offline Cheese

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Hey Oliver,
Is that out of a tankless water heater?

What was improper about the poor :hager install?

😢  RIP :hager ⚰️

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He took a bite out of the apple
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline six-point socket II

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The person responsible for wrong installation will be dealt with accordingly. :P ;) ;)

What a shame!
Joe do they say? „Switch fast, die young..“?

Hopefully no need for self-inflicted punishment? [emoji6]

Glad to report, NO need for Seppuku. It was installed by an electrician.

Hey Oliver,
Is that out of a tankless water heater?

What was improper about the poor :hager install?

😢  RIP :hager ⚰️

Hi Cheese,

out of the installation for them, yes. But not out of the water heater itself.

Wrong phase connected to the load shedding relay which then gave inconclusive signal to the contactor and send it cycling.

For my tankless water heater the load shedding relay was supposed to go on Phase 2 it was on Phase 3.


He took a bite out of the apple

 [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Today was all about painting the ceiling (and installing a new ceiling light, I made a little video about the light which is quite cool but I have some trouble uploading it so that will have to wait for another day).



"Moses, stop messing with the paint in the paint bucket"  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]




Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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I started the day by thoroughly cleaning the window, frame and windowsill with hot steam.



Then it was time to prepare the paste. This stuff is quite good because it only needs 5 minutes to get ready.



And the Wallpaper. Designed by Barbara Becker (Yes, tennis player Boris Becker's ex-wife) manufactured by a German company. Liked it and compared to all the other stuff they sell in our equivalent of "Home Depot" it's really "golden". Good to work with, hangs great ...





Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver